racsome
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NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:58 pm

Hi folks,

Where might I find some interior pictures of any chartered plane for pro sports teams? I always wondered what the inside of one looks like.

Thanks!
 
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RE: NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:19 pm

Often they are regular revenue-service aircraft from major airlines that are just using them to fly charters. Even the ones from charter airlines probably look just like a normal airliner inside. I can tell you that, at least for the NFL, nobody gets stuck in a middle seat.
 
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RE: NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:04 pm

Quoting racsome (Thread starter):

They are regular, right off the line aircraft.. nothing special. Only Northwest / Delta has-had a few dedicated aircraft. A quick search on the photo side will get you a few pictures.
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RE: NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:31 am

Thanks guys.

What search terms do I use on the photo side? I've tried several combinations, and am not having any luck.
 
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RE: NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:10 am

NBA teams will use luxary aircraft. Some teams have their own planes. Delta has some A319s which are low density just about all biz class seats. Miami Air has a 734 that is also like that for the Miami Heat and other teams during their off season. Coaches will have nice seats in the front with tvs and tables to review tapes and have meetings. Players in the back with nice large seats.

NFL teams use normal aircraft due to the size of the team. MLB and NHL I am not sure.
Besides for Delta also check out Miami Air and Sky King. They also have special low density aircraft used often for sports charters.
Delta A319: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/trav...orts-stars-fly-20110106-19h6y.html

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RE: NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:24 am

The Dallas Mavericks/ Texas Rangers used to share a B757. I got to fly on it once when my company chartered it for a flight from ADS-SDF and return in a day for a major meeting (0430 departure - 2130 return - no food service).

The NBA player seats are better than normal first class seats - after all those guys are tall. But the rest of the aircraft was in an 'all-first' configuration.

MLB, NBA and NHL teams do the most travel. A very financially stable, profitable team will frequently book special aircraft. Some of the less 'rich' teams make do with mainline aircraft with the key players in the first class section. Having sleep-able seats for those teams can at times mean the difference between victory and losing.

I heard one free-agent baseball player last year say he didn't sign with a certain team because they didn't use special 'sports team' aircraft.

NFL teams only travel 10 times per year on average. Due to the size of the team and the low frequency - they usually get mainline aircraft.
 
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RE: NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:44 am

Quoting racsome (Thread starter):
Where might I find some interior pictures of any chartered plane for pro sports teams? I always
wondered what the inside of one looks like.

While in Ft. Lauderdale we were sharing the FBO with a chartered AA 767 flying the Miami Dolphins...it appeared to be a plain vanilla line aircraft.

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RE: NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:01 am

I believe the Toronto Maple Leafs use AC Jetz for their air travel. It is a an all executive class A319. Many other Canadian professional sports teams use them as well. Five in the fleet.

http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/before/jetz/fleet.html

It appears to be a 2x2 configuration with one set of four seats in a lounge style. I am sure this is used by coaching staff for meetings on longer flights.


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RE: NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:31 am

Quoting flymia (Reply 4):
Miami Air has a 734 that is also like that for the Miami Heat and other teams during their off season.

Miami Air also does a ton of NHL work - they have flown the NY Islanders for several years, I see them in and out of FRG all the time. I've seen them bring some other teams in as well. Delta (formerly NWA) flies several teams - I know I've seen them bring the Flyers into FRG, and Air Canada does as well.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Phoenix Coyotes have their own aircraft (the Coyotes jet is a lease, but in team colors) and both have custom interiors, all business class type seats.

Coyotes 727
http://www.moose135photography.com/Airplanes/Sports-Charters/i-g7GWG26/0/L/JM20101218N698SS002-L.jpg

http://www.moose135photography.com/Airplanes/Sports-Charters/i-nVGn9CK/0/L/JM20101217N698SS006-L.jpg

Blue Jackets DC-9
http://www.moose135photography.com/Airplanes/Sports-Charters/i-hcbzc5c/0/L/JM20081102N697BJ003-L.jpg

http://www.moose135photography.com/Airplanes/Sports-Charters/i-w2qdn6b/0/L/JM20101124N697BJ003-L.jpg

Here's a collection of sports charters that I've caught at FRG in the past few years...
http://www.moose135photography.com/A...es/Sports-Charters/19463368_DVrDF3
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RE: NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:29 pm

Those are AWESOME! Thank you so much!
 
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RE: NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:59 pm

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 5):
NFL teams only travel 10 times per year on average. Due to the size of the team and the low frequency - they usually get mainline aircraft.

Yes, exactly. Football teams have too many players to not use normal mainline aircraft. Also football teams will travel to their destination a day or two before the game. Sunday game get there Friday evening or afternoon. So rest on the plane is never an issue.
MLB, NHL, NBA they may have played a game in Denver which finished at 10:30pm local time and be in Boston for a game at 7:30pm the next day. So they do a lot of overnight short flights. Leave den at 12am etc.. Even at times they might leave BOS at 12am to get to Orlando at 3am for a game that night. etc.. So for MLB, NHL, NBA player comfort is very important.
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RE: NFL/NBA/MLB Charters

Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:44 pm

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 5):
The NBA player seats are better than normal first class seats - after all those guys are tall.

Back in the 90's I worked a BAC-111 the Beach Boys were using on tour. The plane (at the time) was supposedly owned by the Utah Jazz. I believe they had first class seats throughout in a club seating configuration.

The Nashville Predators used to fly on a Midwest MD-81. Here's an interior shot from that plane:

http://www.pbase.com/lexyky/image/67010017

They fly a chartered 737 now. There are a few other interior shots on the website although some are a few years old.
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