Ravens still looking for a new airline arrangement

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The news that the Steelers have retained Miami Air International to replace American Airlines for 2017 travel prompted me to actually do some work for a change and ask the other teams dumped by American about their travel arrangements. Here’s what I found out, so far.

The Dolphins also have retained Miami Air. The Jaguars and Colts have made other arrangements, but they do not currently intend to announce them. We’re awaiting word on what the Cardinals will be doing.

One team that has yet to finalize a new arrangement is the Ravens. Per a league source, the Ravens are still working on it.

Cost could be an issue. One of the teams stranded by American anticipates a spike in flight expenses from $2 million to $6 million this year.

Although every NFL team is printing money, they spend plenty. For each road game, well over 100 people make the trip. And if the people who provide the travel decide to put their thumb on the scale, the only alternative will be to buy a plane and hire pilots.

Regardless of what they do, the teams dumped by American need a plan. Most of them seem to have one. For those who don’t, the clock is ticking.

14 responses to “Ravens still looking for a new airline arrangement

  1. For shorter trips, what about chartering a bus?

    Flying has overhead, having to check in ahead of time, and collect baggage.

    A 4.5 hour bus ride for the Jets vs Patriots might not be that much longer than a plane trip.

    Vikings vs Packers is around 300 miles, maybe a 5ish hour ride.

  2. I”m surprised the NFL doesn’t demand that airlines and airports pay THEM for the privilege and supposed PR of flying an NFL team.

  3. intrafinesse says:
    Jul 14, 2017 10:52 AM

    For shorter trips, what about chartering a bus?

    Flying has overhead, having to check in ahead of time, and collect baggage.

    A 4.5 hour bus ride for the Jets vs Patriots might not be that much longer than a plane trip.

    Vikings vs Packers is around 300 miles, maybe a 5ish hour ride.
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    Driving might become more hazardous later in the season. The teams that you have identified will likely run into icy roads en route to each other late November through December.

  4. Miami Air is a cheap charter service who use to break down alot! They at one time were known around the industry for shotty maintenance. They use to worst than Spirit airlines. Hpoefully they changed. Good luck NFL.

  5. Watch teams go the NBA route and buy/operate their own, or the league buys 16 planes and operates them. Gives them a ton of dates to charter out NFL-branded planes, etc. Likely would come out ahead eventually.

  6. rpkllc says:
    Jul 14, 2017 2:36 PM

    Okay, I’ll ask: Why don’t teams own their own plane and have their own pilots?

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    Im very curious about that myself. I know planes are expensive, but if theyre talking about $6 mill per season, wouldn’t it be extremely lucrative after a couple of years? I would think so. Sure sounds like the obvious approach, and never have to worry about this issue again.

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