Sunday, October 1, 2017

Commercial airlines reportedly drop 8 NFL teams but not because of anthem protests • A quarter of the league's teams have been left to scramble to find alternative means of travel

Eight NFL teams were dropped by commercial airline carriers that offered chartered flights, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. However, the reasons hare nothing to do with recent pregame protests in the wake of President Trump's controversial remarks but instead are strictly financial: The airlines can make more money flying those same planes commercially. 

According to Schefter, American Airlines dropped the Dolphins, Steelers, Cardinals, Ravens, Colts and Jaguars AND United Airlines dropped the Bills and Lions.

These teams are now scrambling to find alternative charters, often with smaller airlines, which include Atlas and Omni Air International, which give priority to military charters. Schefter adds that the Bills flew to Atlanta on two NBA-owned planes operated by Delta.

This development comes almost six months after Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported that "roughly 20 teams may end up without charter arrangements for the 2017 season," and cited the Cardinals, Ravens, Colts, Jaguars, Dolphins, and Steelers among them.

At the time, Florio wrote, "The reason given for the suspension of service is that the airline lacks the machinery to do the job."

Teams are now concerned about potential mechanical issues affecting their ability to travel because the smaller carriers have fewer planes.

Original article and comments ➤ https://www.cbssports.com

For the first time, eight NFL teams were dropped this season by commercial airline carriers that offered chartered flights, according to league sources.

American Airlines dropped the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars while United Airlines dropped the Bills and Lions. The airlines dropped the teams because they can make more money flying those planes commercially.

Teams have been forced to scramble to secure charters with other smaller companies that don't have as many planes. The move has teams concerned about potential issues getting to games if there are any mechanical issues with their primary aircraft. The NFL lets each team handle its travel arrangements individually.

Smaller companies can't subservice nearly as quickly as the bigger commercial airline carriers. Two of the airlines that teams now are using are Atlas and Omni Air International, which give priority to military charters.

The Bills actually flew to Atlanta this weekend on two NBA-owned planes operated by Delta Airlines, per league sources. The NBA signed off on Delta's request to allow it to use the league's aircraft for NFL teams -- at least until they are needed.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.espn.com

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