After 10 years as the official airline of the Chicago Cubs, United Airlines has lost that designation to American Airlines. American Airlines has just signed a major deal to be the official airline of Chicago’s National League for several years.
American Airlines is using this opportunity to put the word out there that this is one of their steps in trying to become “Chicago’s hometown airline.” Obviously, they want to try and steal the Chicago market from United Airlines, the airline that is really based in Chicago. Even though AA is now the official airline of the Cubs, the players do not need to fly AA to go to games.
It has been well over 100 years since the Chicago Cubs have won a world series (1908) and has not been the Fall Classic since 1945. Maybe the Cubs are hoping a change of airlines will “carry” them to a world series? 🙂 I find a quote in the source article somewhat funny:
For us, it’s really about putting a stake in the ground and saying, ‘We’re going to be No. 1 in Chicago,” Fernandez said in an interview. “This is a big deal, a big relationship we have in Chicago.
I mean, I know they are talking about the airline, but are they really saying No. 1 in the context of the Chicago Cubs? 🙂
At any rate, since United Airlines is still the partner of the Chicago White Sox, it could be one more element at play if the two Chicago teams do face off in a world series – the Windy City Series becomes the Airline Series! Imagine the copy that would come out of the winning team’s airline’s PR department if that were to happen!
Disclosure: I am a die-hard Yankee fan so I have no idea how painful jokes about not winning a world series in a century may be. Because of that, please accept my apologies if I offended any of your brave Cubs fans. 🙂