Patriots Become 1st NFL Franchise to Buy a Team Plane

Kristopher Nichols
August 9, 2017

According to's Darren Rovell, the Patriots bought a pair of 767 Boeing aircrafts.

"These planes, depending on miles flown and condition, generally cost between $5 million and $65 million". Flight operations will reportedly be run out of Providence, with both planes capable of flying nonstop for 12 hours.

According to Rovell, the planes were retrofitted with all first-class seats, some of which fully recline.

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One of the planes will be the Patriots' main form of travel for the season, while the other will be a "backup" plane. But the cost of charter travel is on the rise, and major airlines have begun retiring planes that teams use to fly around. Patriots spokesman Stacey James said that team officials would not be publicly commenting on the acquisitions.

This has caused National Football League teams to go with charter airlines driving up the costs. American Airlines who has flown a number of National Football League teams announced that they would no longer offer charter flights. Rising charter costs flights means that teams can spend up to $4 million a year on flights.

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. So, while the Patriots are the first National Football League team to make their mark on the skies, they probably won't be the last.

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