New England Patriots Become First NFL Team to Own Aircraft Fleet
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The already high-flying New England Patriots gave the rest of America yet another reason to hate them on Tuesday with news that the team had purchased two Boeing 767 jets to fly the team to games, according to ESPN. One plane will do the majority of the work, while the second will stick behind as a backup.
It’s major upgrade for the reigning Super Bowl champions — and currently the first NFL team to own its own fleet. ESPN reports that in the past, teams have chartered flights through carriers such as American Airlines and Miami Air International in deals as pricey as $4 million a year. It’s unclear how much the Patriots paid for the planes, which one Twitter user claims were purchased from American Airlines, but MarketWatch pegs a new 767 listing price at nearly $200 million.
It looks like the Patriots gave the planes a complete makeover: A photo of one of the jet’s fuselage reveals a red, white and blue livery with “Patriots” emblazoned on the side. Lest we forget how successful the franchise has been, the tail fin sports five Lombardi trophies and ESPN reports that the plane’s interior features a full set of first class-worthy lie-flat seats. According to ESPN’s sources, the planes can be rented out during the season, presumably around home games.
Featured image of Patriots’ plane courtesy of theScore via Twitter.
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