Patriots become first National Football League team to buy planes

Patriots become first NFL team to have own planes

New England Patriots become first NFL team to own customized planes (report)

The Pats bought not one, but two Boeing 767s so the team can always travel together in style without needing to worry about chartering a jet.

ESPN estimates the planes cost the Patriots $10 million each, which isn't that bad in the scheme of things.

During the offseason, the Pats purchased two 767 Boeing wide-body jets, making them the first National Football League team to purchase their own plane to fly to games, ESPN's Darren Rovell reported Tuesday. Flight operations will reportedly be run out of Providence, with both planes capable of flying nonstop for 12 hours.

Honestly, it's a bit surprising the team didn't leave room on the tail for a few more Lombardi Trophies. But charter travel has gotten more expensive over the past couple of years due to the major carriers starting to retire the bigger planes that fly the teams around. Patriots spokesman Stacey James said team officials would not be publicly commenting on the acquisitions.

It wouldn't be out of the ordinary for other teams to follow suit and start buying their own planes.

They only figuratively own the New York Jets, but the defending champions now own two wide-body jets. At least two of those teams, the Steelers and the Dolphins, took their business to charter only airline, Miami Air, sources said. Charter costs, meanwhile, are expected to balloon to approximately $4 million for the 10 round trips-including preseason games-required per season. "It is not known how aggressively the team will seek to make up some of its costs by advertising the planes' availability".

According to the report, the Patriots plan to rent out the planes when they are not in use during the regular season.

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