Many sports teams, both professional and college, have taken to private jet charters through Presidential Aviation to get them to their next game. What may surprise you are some of the reasons private aviation is so highly prized by these various sports organization and why you, too, may find Presidential Aviation to be a great match for your travel needs.
Adoring fans and cheering crowds are great – when they adore and cheer for your team – and when you’re not in the midst of trying to mentally and physically prepare for a grueling competition of will and might. Private jet charters are, first and foremost, private.
It goes beyond in-flight privacy, though, and extends to the arrival and departure process, making it easier for players, management, coaches, etc. to get into and out of the airport without meeting fans of either team.
Overtime happens in sports. According to the New York Times, there was a baseball game in Rhode Island in 1981 that lasted 32 innings (from 7:00 pm until 4:07 am), before being stopped – without a winner. The game didn’t resume until two months later where the game ended in the 33rd inning.
Other sports have the occasional lengthy overtime and this means that flights need to be delayed and able to take off when the team is ready. Traditional airliners cannot accommodate this degree of flexibility, but private jet charters can do so easily.
3) Spacious Seating
Face it, the average NFL linebacker or NBA Center is not going to fit comfortably into the average airliner seat. Even first class seating would be a struggle to accommodate exceptionally long legs or wide shoulders.
More importantly, these players need room to stretch out and relax in the hours leading up to a game. This time certainly doesn’t need to be spent with them contorting their bodies into the shapes of pretzels for several hours in the air.
4) Improve Game Performance
The bottom line is that private jet charters allow the team room to roam, opportunities to relax, and the ability to conduct private team meetings while traveling to and from games – all things that would be impossible on commercial airline flights.
It’s not all about the lack of privacy, which would make rest, relaxation, and team meetings impossible, it’s also about space and comfort too. When you think about teams that may spend a week or more playing on different coasts, wiggle room on flights can be game changers.
Private charter jets can also offer large televisions or several small televisions so that players can review video of competitors during the flight as part of their pre-game routines.
5) Plan Specialty Menus
Another big benefit of private aviation for sports teams is that many players are on specialized diets during their seasons. Some players are on high protein, low carbohydrate diets. The Wall Street Journal reports that one hockey team allows only organic food on board.
Players and management alike understand that this is a business in which millions, if not billions, of dollars are on the line. Gone are the beer and peanuts one might expect on airline flights. They’ve been replaced with menus that are carefully planned by team nutritionists and often catered specifically for these flights.
Presidential Aviation has a wide range of private jets perfect for sports teams and business flights of all kinds. Call us today to schedule your private charter jet for your next big game or your next board meeting. We’ll help you choose the perfect private jet for your travel needs.