After the Superbowl, the world champion Philadelphia Eagles were flown home on an American Airlines-charted Airbus A330-200.
This was aircraft N283AY, an un-updated legacy US Airways bird delivered in 2009 with 20 lie flat direct aisle access business class seats — with neither Main Cabin Extra extra legroom coach seats nor premium economy. It does have seat power and wifi, however. Update: this plane came back from retrofit with Premium Economy on January 8.
Naturally they left late, though I’m surprised they were just 47 minutes behind. D0 just doesn’t apply to the Superbowl champions.
Air traffic control went crazy for the plane carrying home the Eagles. You can listen in, they’re “American 9475 Heavy.” They talk to other aircraft about the plane. They give the pilots any routing they want. And as the plane gets passed off from one controller to the next everyone wants the pilots to pass on their congratulations.
(HT: The Short Final)