With Super Bowl 50 in the rear view mirrors, many people are done with this year and looking forward to the next season (especially Panther fans). Since my Buffalo Bills (by region, not necessarily choice) have not been to the big game in a looonng time, I am used to not really having a favorite in the game but just picking based on little things when time gets close. 🙂
Which Airline And Plane Did The Carolina Panthers Fly To The Super Bowl?But, being an airplane thing, I was curious which aircraft the Carolina Panthers flew for the long journey cross-country from North Carolina to California. I mean, after all, Charlotte is an American Airlines hub so one would certainly figure that American Airlines is the airline that hauls the team around. That I knew but I was curious about to see the particular aircraft they ended using for the journey to the big game.
It turns out, they flew on an American Airlines Airbus A330-200 airplane for the 4 hour and 57 minute trip. The number of that particular aircraft was N287AY. It normally serves a variety of European destinations out of Philadelphia and Charlotte with a handful of flights to Orlando, Miami, and Punta Cana.
This particular aircraft has 20 business class seats and 238 seats in economy. It is safe to say that not all of those seats are occupied during the trip! Here’s the thing – a lot of football players are pretty big guys and I would think economy would be difficult to take for 5 hours for some of them. I wonder how they divvy up the seats and who gets the business class seats? Maybe coaching staff and a few players like Newton? I do know this – Guard Trai Turner was sitting in what appears to be Row 31, Seat C and he is 6 foot 3 and 320 pounds! That could not have been a pleasant trip in that seat!
To see other trips by the Carolina Panthers, you can search for AA flight # 9434 as that is the number assigned to them. They do not always fly the A330-200 – in fact, most of the time it is the A321.
For the sad return home Monday, they left San Jose at 11AM and ended up flying almost right over Denver to get back (check this map to see that little lift up). I doubt the pilot fed them that piece of flyover information on the way… I also doubt they were saving money by bringing Denver back to their city as well!
To find out if you recently flew on this same aircraft, check out this FlightAware data to see where this aircraft has been. Being aviation related, I thought it was kind of interesting to track it down and see how they ended up traveling. To see photos from the journey, visit this page here.