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Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:53 pm

This was a pretty interesting article about upcoming air travel for MLB teams in 2016. Does anyone know which airlines are exclusively utilized by MLB, and by which teams?

http://www.allmysportsteamssuck.com/...b-teams-will-fly-the-most-in-2016/

[Edited 2016-01-13 14:49:38]
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Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:55 pm

I'll start by saying I believe the Yankees and Mets exclusively fly Delta. The Braves exclusively fly Delta. The Reds exclusively fly Delta.
 
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:31 am

The Detroit Tigers have their own wings, N682RW   It's blocked on flightaware now though 
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:21 am

AA has the cubs this year for the first time
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:31 am

Quoting ripcordd (Reply 3):

Assume United before this year?

Seattle Mariners, Alaskan or Delta or private jet?
 
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:32 am

With the Seattle Mariners being "geographically challenged," I do hope they continue to charter the Paradigm Air 757 they've been using for the last two seasons. Apparently they were going to downgrade to a 737-400 last year, but they continued to use the 757.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:14 am

I'd be particularly interested in the Mets and Marlins. Who will be flying them?
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:22 am

Quoting wrongwayup (Reply 6):

For Marlins you'd think AA.

Mets, I know for sure Wilpons are too cheap to own a private jet. Delta, I think. They have a Delta Club at Citi Field.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:25 am

With the Red Sox having a stadium named after JetBlue, and JetBlue having a BoSox plane, I'd assume they fly them?
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:59 am

Quoting FLIHGH (Reply 8):
With the Red Sox having a stadium named after JetBlue, and JetBlue having a BoSox plane, I'd assume they fly them

Marketing relationships such as "Official Airline of " and "XXXXX Airlines Stadium" often have nothing to do with what airline flies the team.
It all depends on who gives the best contract, price, amenities and fleet availability.

For example, WN has/had prominent advertising and was known as the "Official Airline of the Philadelphia Phillies" for years, but the Phillies have never flown WN.

US/AA was/is the "Official Airline of the Philadelphia Eagles," and US even has a plane painted in an Eagles livery, but the Eagles flew NW, then DL and UA. This past season, they began flying AA.
 
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:29 am

Some airlines have both the charter and sponsorship contracts, some don't. I don't think there's any real rhyme or reason to it. The White Sox used TZ for a number of years because of their presense at MDW. Later on they flew AA but had the sponsorship deal with UA. Now UA has the whole package. Interestly enough, UA owns the naming rights for the United Center but doesn't do any NHL or NBA charters so neither the Hawks or Bulls fly them.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:49 am

Quoting FLIHGH (Reply 8):
With the Red Sox having a stadium named after JetBlue, and JetBlue having a BoSox plane, I'd assume they fly them?

The Red Sox have flown on DL for years. Same with the Patriots. The JetBlue thing is just a marketing deal.
 
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:55 am

I believe AC, through their Jetz operation, transport the Blue Jays for the summer. Makes sense, seeing as the aircraft aren't tied up with NHL and NBA charters.
 
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:06 am

I believe the Reds were on United last year. They were on DL before, but I think the lack of 738s that DL made available for MLB charters and lack of interest in 752s played a part.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:37 am

I cannot speak for 2016...but last season (2015), United flew the following:  Cubs, White Sox, Reds, Indians, Astros, Royals, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies, Pirates, Padres and Nationals.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:54 pm

Quoting PHLJJS (Reply 9):

I am aware of the differences. I thought I remembered seeing JB post on Facebook a picture of the Red Sox boarding the BoSox plane down to JetBlue Park for spring training, but I could have been wrong.
 
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:19 pm

DL went from A319 to B757 dedicated fleet for Sports charters......
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:24 pm

The Pirates just switched to UA from DL last season. I don't know how long that contract runs.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:12 pm

The Marlins flew on Eastern last year. Don't know about this year. Before Eastern, they flew Miami Air. And of course, the team's owner failed to deliver on a private 762 he promised last year.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:19 pm

Quoting jumpseat67 (Reply 14):
Brewers

AFAIK, the Brewers have used CO/UA ever since the demise of YX. In fact, they may have even used them for a couple of seasons prior to YX closing up shop.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:29 pm

Quoting FLIHGH (Reply 15):
I thought I remembered seeing JB post on Facebook a picture of the Red Sox boarding the BoSox plane down to JetBlue Park for spring training, but I could have been wrong.

No, that was a one off marketing initiative with I believe one or two players.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:29 pm

Quoting thekorean (Reply 7):

For Marlins you'd think AA.

I would have guessed Miami Air
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:35 pm



Quoting Dalmd88 (Reply 11):
The Red Sox have flown on DL for years. Same with the Patriots. The JetBlue thing is just a marketing deal.

Interestingly enough, the Sox are the only of Boston's four major teams to use BOS. Celtics and Bruins use BED, Patriots go out of PVD.

[Edited 2016-01-14 08:36:14]
 
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:45 pm

Quoting 33lspotter (Reply 22):
Interestingly enough, the Sox are the only of Boston's four major teams to use BOS. Celtics and Bruins use BED, Patriots go out of PVD.

All of which makes complete sense.

Bruins facility is in Wilmington, which is maybe 15-20 minutes away right down Route 62.

Celtics facility is in Waltham and is even closer than the Bruins to BED, maybe about 10 minutes up 128.

Red Sox would be going from Fenway, which is just a quick sprint on the Pike to BOS. It'd be about 30 minutes to get up to BED.

Patriots could use either BOS or PVD, they are literally right at halfway between them. My guess is they use PVD since it's easier to get in/out of, but occasionally they will use BOS. I know when they've gone to their Super Bowl appearances, I think it's always been out of BOS.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:02 pm

Quoting tb727 (Reply 2):
The Detroit Tigers have their own wings, N682RW   It's blocked on flightaware now though 

Actually, I wouldn't say "their own". The RW in the reg refers to the Detroit Red Wings, who (IIRC) get precedence over the Tigers when they inevitably make the playoffs in April & beyond. So, who would the Tigers fly if there is a conflict of schedule? Charter or same plane a few hours later following a ferry flight?
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:20 pm

I think the Marlins are flying Eastern?
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:48 pm

Quoting zululima (Reply 24):
Actually, I wouldn't say "their own". The RW in the reg refers to the Detroit Red Wings, who (IIRC) get precedence over the Tigers when they inevitably make the playoffs in April & beyond. So, who would the Tigers fly if there is a conflict of schedule? Charter or same plane a few hours later following a ferry flight?

N682RW is derived from when Mike Ilitch (Little Caesars Pizza) purchased the Detroit Red Wings in June '82. He then bought the Detroit Tigers in 1992. The current airplane a (MD-81) is their third version to wear this reg #. It is my understanding that the team in the playoffs gets first call on the airplane to get them to where they are going first. I have seen the airplane ferry and double back cross country and at all hours of the night to make things work. I guess maybe there have been exceptions, but I doubt they have flown by other means. With the NHL playoff schedule not being everyday usually and MLB having 2-4 game series, they make it work. The Red Wings have made the playoffs every season that the Tigers have been owned as well.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:01 pm

Quoting thekorean (Reply 7):
For Marlins you'd think AA.

I sat next to the pilot of the Marlins' pilot for last season in F on a US flight from LAX-PHL. Miami flew a private charter 767 with a BBJ interior. Not sure which company though.
 
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Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:03 pm

Quoting shadez (Reply 18):
The Marlins flew on Eastern last year. Don't know about this year. Before Eastern, they flew Miami Air. And of course, the team's owner failed to deliver on a private 762 he promised last year.

Interesting!! The pilot I say next to was really excited to be flying the Marlins all year long. This was, of course, in the winter time, and before the season started.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:12 pm

Quoting xdlx (Reply 16):
DL went from A319 to B757 dedicated fleet for Sports charters......

DL still flies A319's every night across the country about 2 hours after NBA games end... At least flightaware and flightradar24 both have them listed as 319s.
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:13 pm

The Minnesota Twins fly on DL for all of their road games.

I know the Diamondbacks have flown on Swift in the past, but I believe they used US/AA last year, not entirely sure though, and I don't know who the are using for this season.
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:17 am

Quoting YYZFAN (Reply 12):
I believe AC, through their Jetz operation, transport the Blue Jays for the summer. Makes sense, seeing as the aircraft aren't tied up with NHL and NBA charters.

Instagram photos of guys like Bautista would corroborate this. I have also had "across the aisle" conversations with AC pilots having just flown the Leafs to DEN on their return legs back to YYZ.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:29 am

The Phillies used to use DL I think, at least they did 4 or 5 years ago when they used to be good and were in the postseason. I remember there was an incident when they were returning from a postseason loss that put them out of contention where their DL 747 had to go around at PHL because ATC cleared them to land on the runway that had a departing aircraft on it.

Now as someone mentioned above they were flying with UA last season, I'd assume the same for this season. UA had a billboard ad right behind home plate on the TV broadcasts last season (sometimes that was more interesting than the team themselves!    )

Both UA and DL seem a bit odd for chartering a Philly team, given the dominance of US and now AA at PHL. I guess UA and DL have bigger charter operations than AA/US?
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:01 am

Quoting treebeard787 (Reply 30):
I know the Diamondbacks have flown on Swift in the past, but I believe they used US/AA last year,

Diamondbacks have used US for the past three or four years, and now AA. Swift seem to lose the contract for the Suns and Diamondbacks about the same time.

The Rockies use US/AA as a backup when their private aircraft wasn't available. I think they share it with the Chicago Bulls.

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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:21 am

Interesting thread - thanks for sharing the article. Does anyone know who flies the Baltimore Orioles? I think way back when they used a private charter, but not sure who they use now. Thanks.
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Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:52 am

Interestingly, I think that the Angels use LGB and not SNA, most of the time.

It would make geographic sense for the Dodgers to use BUR instead of LAX, but I think they mostly still use LAX.
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:59 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 35):
It would make geographic sense for the Dodgers to use BUR instead of LAX, but I think they mostly still use LAX.

A lot of Dodgers live in the beach cities close to LAX. Dodgers have been using UA for a few years now. I know they fly 757s and 739s. Also when they went to Australia a few years ago, they were on a Qantas 744.
 
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Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:23 am

It will be interesting to see if the teams that charter with Delta will end up using the 757's that the NBA owns. I think the agreement is Delta can charter them out when the NBA teams aren't using them. The interiors of the 757's are impressive that Delta is flying for the NBA teams. I think they will be phasing out the A319's as soon as they have enough 757's converted.
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:39 am

Quoting usflyguy (Reply 29):
DL still flies A319's every night across the country about 2 hours after NBA games end... At least flightaware and flightradar24 both have them listed as 319s.

Correct only one 757 is converted to NBA right now. I think the second will be in service soon.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:12 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 35):

They did all the time along with the visiting teams that UA handled, curfew and short runway at SNA pose too many operational challenges on these sometimes multi leg segments.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 35):

All LAX, no BUR...same reasons to above with SNA, visiting teams also into LAX with UA for ops purposes.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 35):
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:08 pm

Don't forget the charter buses   that teams use to travel between San Diego and Los Angeles area; New York/Balitmore/Washington DC. And rarest of all road trips like the D-Backs had last season playing Oakland and San Francisco back to back.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:56 pm

This is a helpful link for some sports teams and their flights:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...ights-charters-sports-teams-2.html

Also... the Mets ususally leave from JFK, even if LGA would make more sense.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:19 pm

Quoting AA787 (Reply 41):
Also... the Mets ususally leave from JFK, even if LGA would make more sense.

Does LGA's perimeter rule apply to charter flights as well?
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:30 pm

Quoting 910A (Reply 40):

I know the Redskins flew to Philly a few weeks ago. I assume the Nats do the same...maybe not to Baltimore, but other east coast ones  
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:55 am

Quoting campellochris (Reply 42):
Does LGA's perimeter rule apply to charter flights as well?

I believe the perimeter rule at LGA does not apply to charter flights, only scheduled airline flights. I know it does not apply to corporate jets flying in and out of LGA, Donald Trump bases his 757 at LGA.

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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:08 am

The Cleveland Indians have used CO/UA for years, but I've heard rumors they may dump UA because they won't offer a flight between CLE-PHX to get relatives of the players out to Arizona during spring training.
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Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:10 am

Quoting anyong (Reply 36):
A lot of Dodgers live in the beach cities close to LAX. Dodgers have been using UA for a few years now. I know they fly 757s and 739s. Also when they went to Australia a few years ago, they were on a Qantas 744.

Not really relevant, as teams usually leave from the stadium

Quoting jumpseat67 (Reply 39):
All LAX, no BUR...same reasons to above with SNA, visiting teams also into LAX with UA for ops purposes.

BUR isn't nearly as problematic as SNA
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Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:18 am

Quoting anyong (Reply 36):
Also when they went to Australia a few years ago, they were on a Qantas 744.

They flew from PHX with the Australian organizers of the 2014 Diamondbacks-Dodgers series picking up the tab. Of course the D-Backs bus got a flat tire on the way to the first game forcing the players to walk, which pretty much described their 2014 season.
 
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RE: Major League Baseball Travel In 2016

Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:43 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 46):
BUR isn't nearly as problematic as SNA

Technically no, but operationally it could be. A common scenario is to ferry an empty 738 SFO-LAX, pick up the Dodgers or whomever was playing them. Take them to MKC and drop off to play the Royals, then possibly ferry empty again MKC to either ORD/IAH or even EWR. The aircraft could be fueled at SFO for all three legs. Weight wise...that would not work in/out of BUR.

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