Patriots become first National Football League franchise to own planes

Gladys Abbott
August 8, 2017

Per the report, the Patriots bought extended-range planes that can fly up to 12 hours nonstop.

The New England Patriots set a new bar for National Football League luxury when they became the team to first purchase their own airplane. The Patriots have plans to rent out the planes when they're not in use by the team - so if you've even wanted to sit in Tom Brady's seat then you might want to do a little research and cash in that jar of coins in the garage. The only problem we see here with the design is this: Where is the team going to fit in a sixth Lombardi trophy on the tail wing? The jets have been retrofitted with all first-class seats and painted with the red, white, and blue team logo. One of the planes will be used as the main plane, while the second plane will be used as a backup, ESPN said.

American said previous year that it would no longer fly the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Miami Dolphins.

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The Patriots have apparently decided that figuratively owning the Jets isn't enough for them. But the average cost of chartering an aircraft for an entire season can run a team around $4 million depending on the charter.

Given the value of sports franchises and the players themselves, it is expected that team-owned planes will help give athletes a leg up on the recovery process, which is one of the areas that interested the Patriots.

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