Do NFL teams have their own planes? How do they travel to away games?
NFL players famously receive fat paychecks and live luxurious lifestyles. But do they all travel in private jets when have to play away from home?
NFL players are known for negotiating million-dollar contracts, driving fancy cars and living lavish lifestyles. It’s easy to imagine that their billionaire team owners would also provide them with a private plane when they are on a road game.
Surprising fact- only one NFL team flies its athletes in its own plane. In fact, the club has two private jets to ferry them around. What is probably not as surprising is the team that owns it- the highly successful New England Patriots.
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Patriots plane with a purpose
The Patriots purchased two used Boeing 767s a few years ago- the same planes that are used by American Airlines. This certainly seems extravagant, but the club has put its gigantic carbon footprint to good use.
Aside from transporting the team from city to city, the planes have also been deployed since the pandemic began to fly masks, health workers, and vaccines from one place to another. They have also helped in sending relief to Haiti after a devastating earthquake.
The New England Patriots’ team plane has delivered 500,000 Chinese-made COVID vaccines to El Salvador. https://t.co/KxjASvfcnS— ABC News (@ABC) May 22, 2021
The New England Patriots logo will be a symbol of much-needed relief for earthquake-ravaged Haiti ... the team's plane is heading to the island with medical supplies and doctors. https://t.co/JcrsfaTvGR— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) August 21, 2021
Chartered flights for other teams
As for the other teams, don’t feel sorry for them just yet. They may not have their team logo on their own aircraft, but they also fly in luxury and style in chartered flights.
This gives the team the perks of a private jet without the excessive cost of owning one. American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Airlines are among those that fly NFL teams when they have away games.
The size of the parties of NFL teams has increased in recent years, so those planes are more crowded than you might think. Some teams have contingents of almost two hundred traveling per game. The list includes players, coaches, front office staff, equipment staff, sponsors, security personnel, and doctors.
You can probably figure out who sits in first class.
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