On Tuesday, the New England Patriots gave the public a sneak peek of their new Boeing 767-300ER private jet, making the five-time Super Bowl champs the first NFL franchise to own a team plane.
In fact, the Pats actually purchased two 767s with one used as the primary aircraft and the other as its backup.
For the Patriots, the 767 makes a tremendous amount of sense. With major airlines moving away from private charters in favour of more profitable passenger operations, professional sports teams have been scrambling to find large jets to get them to their away games.
According to Flight Global, the two AirKrafts, as they are affectionately called in reference to team owner Bob Kraft, both spent a quarter-century flying passengers for American Airlines.
The two 767s, N366AA and N39367, were both delivered to American Airlines in 1991 and retired in early 2016. Both planes are powered by General Electric CF6 turbofan engines. Flight Global’s metrics show that each of the 26-year-old planes is worth around $US5.5 million on the open market. The team did not disclose how much it spent to refurbish their interior accommodations.
Here’s a closer look at the Patriots’ new Boeing 767-300ER AirKrafts.
In commercial service with American Airlines, the 767-300ERs were configured to hold roughly 220 passengers. With the Pats, that number will be far lower.
According to the team, the plane is outfitted with seats equivalent to those found in a domestic first class cabin, but with an extra five inches of legroom.
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