Patriots buy their own planes

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While various other NFL teams have found themselves at the mercy of airlines that have either jacked up the prices or yanked service altogether, the Patriots have taken matters into their own hands by buying their own planes. With an “S”.

Via ESPN.com, the Patriots have purchased a pair of Boeing 767 wide-body jets, revising them to include first-class seating only and a distinctive paint job that features team colors and logos and five Lombardi trophies on the tail. (Hopefully they’ve left room for more.) The Patriots become the first NFL teams to own their own aircraft for traveling to and from games.

Since the planes will be used only 10 times per year for traveling to and from games (more if there are postseason games on the road, including the Super Bowl), it’s likely that the Patriots will recoup their investment by leasing the planes-with-an-s to corporate bigwigs and well-financed fanboys who would like to fly the same way their favorite football team does. Heck, the Patriots also could rent the planes-with-an-s during home weekends to other NFL teams that have substandard arrangements. (I’m only sort of joking about that.)

However it all works out, the Patriots likely wouldn’t be doing it if they didn’t have a plan for making it work well, and for making their money back. And then some.

142 responses to “Patriots buy their own planes

  1. Was it the Patriots or some LLC associated with Kraft? It’s almost certainly the latter as to limit liability in case of some disaster.

  2. I am so glad Robert Kraft beat Jerry Jones in buying his own team plane(s)

    Jerry can keep his smelly bus.

  3. weepingjebus says:
    August 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm
    So the Patriots officially own the jets.

    Not a fan of either team, but this is the cleverest thing I’ve seen all day!

  4. This makes me a little sad that I am a huge Dolphins fan like RandyInRoxbury because it appears that being a Pats fan would rock.

    -FionaInFtLauderdale

  5. >Heck, the Patriots also could rent the planes-with-an-s during home weekends to other NFL teams that have substandard arrangements.

    Even the Browns have too much self respect for that.

  6. It’s a great look. I’m curious if the safety record of large private aircraft is equal to commercial charter. A bit unnerving to be reminded that entire sports franchises essentially ride on one plane.

  7. The players must swell with pride. It’s pretty cool to have a plane with its own back up, 2 planes!

  8. wib22 says:
    August 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    Will there be spycams attached?
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    I know it’s wrong but your misery is our joy, no matter which of your many id’s you use to express it.

  9. “So the Patriots officially own the jets.”

    You win PFT for the day, close down comments until tomorrow !

  10. “Kind of gaudy, in my eyes.”

    What about the NFL isn’t gaudy? Not much that’s for sure.

  11. Spycam..u so funny..exactly what makes your team so strong that any team needs a spycam to beat them??Is it their great QB,RB,WR,Defense,please tell us about your mediocre team that makes you think they are good?
    When you can say CENTURY winning streak…then you can talk..until then..your just a holla back girl.

  12. mikespillane337 says:

    August 8, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Wings n Rings..it’s a bird..it’s superman..it’s your loss coming to your hometown..deal with it…or cry..either way..it’s your loss.
    _________________________________________________________________

    Man, the comments were going so good, until I got the this^^^^ blah

  13. Supposedly since they only play up to around 10 away games a year, the planes will be available for others to lease in the off season…

  14. I saw another pic where it showed 5 Lombardi trophies painted on the tail. That’s cool and all but is there enough room there after this season?

    🙂

  15. whywerule says:
    August 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm
    This makes me a little sad that I am a huge Dolphins fan like RandyInRoxbury because it appears that being a Pats fan would rock.

    -FionaInFtLauderdale

    Lawl

  16. These planes will have more electronic eavesdropping capabilities than the average spy satellite!

  17. I can certainly understand why people think that NFL teams should all own their own aircraft, but they seriously only need a plane 10 times per season. It makes it hard to justify I think. But like the article writer said, I guess they can lease the plane out to recover some money if the team wants to jump into the aircraft leasing business as well as football…

  18. pancaketaco says:
    August 8, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    (Not a Pats fan) Just waiting to hear the other 31 owners complain how this gives them an unfair advantage in free agency blah blah blah

    83 7 Rate This

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    don’t worry, it is coming

    “they can get to and fro faster! that is cheating!”

  19. I am sure the NE Revolutions fans are going to love this. Kraft buys the Patriots planes, but barely spends on his MLS team. NE Revs is ranked 18th payroll out of 22.

  20. I am shocked this the first team to do it. Roughly $185 million a piece, Each game probably cost them $200,000 or more to fly to. They have a 20 year life or more, and can be resold eventually.

  21. Seahawks used to have their own planes. Although, I think they were technically owned by Uncle Paul Allen.

  22. There’s a Mitch Hedberg joke in there somewhere: I’ve got two planes, in case one breaks down.

    Here’s hoping the Patriots are in a bad mood flying back from Mexico City after losing to the Raiders! 🙂

  23. Good move by Pats. I look for other teams to follow. Front of the plane should be painted with a NY Giants logo–Big Blue owns them!

  24. The Jersey/Long Island(NY)Jets would have a big Johnson and Johnson band aid across the side. Kind of what the whole franchise is. (In Jersey, L.I. fan base for those wondering).

    PS

    I’m also surprised the Seahawks with their distance issues and wealthiest owner on the planet would have their own too.

    I bet Allen beats Jerry to it, admitting it’s a good idea while Jones will say he “Looked into it (so he looks like he thought of it first) and it’s something on the table as we speak.”

  25. weepingjebus says:
    August 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm
    So the Patriots officially own the jets.
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    When you don’t work for a living and have time on your hands, it’s pretty easy to come up with clever words like you do. You and your Canadian troll Joe have so much in common.

  26. Imagine that circling overhead a NFL city near you, waiting for landing clearance…like those planes that release smoke and their saying ‘Loss on the way’.

  27. They are not the first to own their own plane. The Seahawks owned their own 757 until they sold it.

  28. whywerule says:
    August 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm
    This makes me a little sad that I am a huge Dolphins fan like RandyInRoxbury because it appears that being a Pats fan would rock.

    -FionaInFtLauderdale

    116 12 Rate This

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    you do realize randy is from
    nj and a jets fan, right?

  29. Paul Allen, Paul Allen, Paul Allen…………time to wake up and step up. ‘hawks team travels a lot of miles. Buy your dudes a plane.

  30. terripet says:
    August 8, 2017 at 5:58 pm
    5 time champions but two were gifts and Brady can’t beat Eli

    Brady is 1-0 against Eli in the last 5 seasons. Get with the times!

    🙂

  31. If it makes economic sense for the Patriots to own their own planes I wonder If the Revolution will also use them when flying across the country. Same owner and it gets more use out of the planes even if the MLS team has to travel with the NFL team logo.

  32. They’ll get sold after Brady and Belichick are gone and the team goes back to the bottom of the barrel and the fans jump off the bandwagon.

  33. Funny thing. When I lease a car it’s called a lease. When you BUY something it belongs to you. Buying 2 planes at 200 mil+ each and then being responsible for maintenance and ongoing certifications plus liabilities makes zero sense. Buying a clapped out used airliner for way less and assuming the above costs makes even less sense. I think I’ll go lease a couple of Bentleys and impress my friends with with my purchases, with a “s”.

  34. father4 says:
    August 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm
    Good move by Pats. I look for other teams to follow. Front of the plane should be painted with a NY Giants logo–Big Blue owns them!

    3 3 Rate This

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    mara cheats and the refs were paid off to keep each game close

    enjoy, cheaters!

    wife beaters and headsets aplenty!

  35. Wow. NASCAR has had team planes for years. Not 767s since it’s not needed but still…

  36. In other news, the New Jersey Jets continue to use clown cars to get around and the Bills are still renting old school buses…

  37. gobillsrochester says:
    August 8, 2017 at 6:09 pm
    I can certainly understand why people think that NFL teams should all own their own aircraft, but they seriously only need a plane 10 times per season. It makes it hard to justify I think. But like the article writer said, I guess they can lease the plane out to recover some money if the team wants to jump into the aircraft leasing business as well as football…

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    These planes can generate revenue year round, they will be popular for charters themselves. Plus Kraft can save himself costs flying the Revolution around too. And when they are done with them they can be resold. So the cost of owning them will be manageable. The advantages will be huge. They can mitigate the wear and tear of travel on the players. They can also step up the recovery process by giving players a better way to rest during travel plus the planes will have in flight trainer facilities.

    The costs of big plane charters has been rising sharply lately as the airlines phase out that part of their business. Last year teams were averaging 4-5 million in charter costs and it will be more each year going forward. Some teams have even been having their existing contracts cancelled on them and have had to seek other solutions. I suspect more and more teams will start following this path going forward.

  38. Knowing how Kraft works it would not surprise me if he bought up a bunch of fuel futures too.

  39. tylawspick6 says:
    August 8, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    you do realize randy is from nj and a jets fan, right?
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    Wrong again. Don’t you ever get tired of it?
    Unfortunately we Phins fans know we are stuck with patsfanforsystemlife /wib/superpatsfan/banned /nogame/ idkjames/beach/ concussion/judgirl/dishy/jaycutlerleads/deuce/ and dozens of other ids all rolled into the one amalgam of diminished capacity as one of ours the same way Pats fans know they are stuck with you as one of theirs.

    Surprised you didn’t manage to include something about cap hell while you were at it.

  40. Terri pet: who cares about the Giants beating the Pat’s 10 years ago other than you?? The Pat’s have FIVE Super Bowl Wins, they won the last 2/3 Super Bowls, that’s what matters!
    Roger that !

  41. Two years after Belichick and Brady retire, they’ll have to sell them. All of the bandwagon fans will have found a new team to root for and new jerseys to buy, and the Patriots won’t be able to afford their planes (with an “s”) anymore.

  42. Pretty simple business purchase , it’s an expense you idiots that have no business sense , write it off on the taxes and depreciate it over the next few years , why do you think the rich keep,getting richer !! I’m sure the teams going to enjoy getting to all their away games that’s for sure.

  43. terripet says:
    August 8, 2017 at 8:35 pm
    What is Brady’s record against Eli in Super Bowls

    The Patriots record is 0-2 against the Giants in Super Bowls…It’s a team game.
    But this can be added just to satisfy you…NE had the lead in both those games, two fantastic catches, and one missed one was the difference, but it was the NE defense that gave up the lead, NOT Brady and the offense.

  44. They have two planes so Brady, Belichek and Kraft ride in one and the rest of team in the other.

  45. They’ll get used for preseason, regular, and postseason, the draft, scouting combine, league meetings, owner meetings, high value free agent visits, high value scouting visits. These things will get plenty of use.

  46. I don’t know the logistics of NFL travel- I do know the planes are chartered but that’s about the end of it. Aside from being more comfortable, are there any competitive advantages this might offer?

  47. Not sure where all this 200 million per plane is coming from….. These are both used planes they bought for around 5-10 million & had them refurbished…..probably coding them 25/30 million each when all is said & done….
    A wise business move & great publicity for their organization as well…..

  48. Seriously doubt they actually bought the planes. Leased yes but those plans cost 200 million new. Of course they could have bought them used.

  49. The same trolls that say negative comments about the Pats for buying their own planes will praise their team to the high heavens when their team COPIES the Pats and eventually do the SAME THING. Priceless.

  50. father4 -yo, you are living in the real past my friend. The giants cannot even make it past the first round my friend. Boat Party?

  51. Thought of this years ago I glad to see my team is setting the example! They can also lease out the plan to the New England Pro teams. Kraft’s Soccer team which will also fly for free!

  52. leafsfins says:
    August 9, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Hopefully it crashes

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    You seem like a nice normal well adjusted human being, with lots friends, and a rich social life….

  53. The Patriots just do things better than all of the other teams in the NFL. If the rest of the league is interested, you can see the new spaceships in Minneapolis on February 4th. Nice colors.

  54. “Will this help them during the last part of the schedule with so many away games?”

    It will add a small amount of convenience no doubt. Plus with every seat being outfitted as first class a bit more comfort as the rentals do not outfit the planes that way.

    As to any advantage that gives them every one of these billionaires is free to buy their own planes if they don’t like it. Or I suppose vile Goodell could outlaw the practice if the other owners are too cheap to do so and push Goodell to punish the mean ol’ Pats for having the nerve to own their own transport.

  55. leafsfins says:
    August 9, 2017 at 9:03 am
    Hopefully it crashes.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    That’s your one and only shot of beating them.

  56. Looks like they painted only five trophies on the tail and did not leave any room for number six…I guess the Pats are done. (JOKE people.)

    Jerry will want two also.

    It is a good business decision, these planes will be leased out to rabid Pats fans the next couple of years for trips to Bermuda, etc during the off-season. Talk about a great company perk. Hey people, we are taking the Patriots jets to Bermuda for the weekend and you are all coming.

  57. A pilot radios the Chicago’s control tower, asking “What time is it?”
    The tower responded, “Well, that depends on what flight you are.”
    The pilot asked, “What do you mean?”
    The tower said, “If you’re the NY Giants’ charter plane, the time is 5 p.m. If you’re the West Point Black Knights’ charter plane, then the time is 1700 hours. But if you’re the N.E. Patriots’ charter plane, then the big hand is on the twelve and…”

  58. The other NFL owners are mad at Kraft because they were trying to get the airlines to pay THEM for the privilege of flying their precious teams around or get the taxpayers to foot the bill.

  59. ibillwt says:
    August 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    It’s a great look. I’m curious if the safety record of large private aircraft is equal to commercial charter. A bit unnerving to be reminded that entire sports franchises essentially ride on one plane.

    Isn’t that what they do now, on charters?…

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