What airlines does your favorite baseball team fly?

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of 13 Major League Baseball Teams that flies United Airlines. Photo: Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of 13 Major League Baseball Teams that flies United Airlines. Photo: Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

What airlines does your favorite baseball team fly?

I learned last week that United Airlines is once again flying 13 Major League Baseball team charters this year. All of these teams will take Boeing 737 or Airbus A320s to their away games. And the planes are configured just as they are for passenger flights, with each player generally taking his own row of three seats. It's not so luxurious. 

There are United's 2016 teams:

  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Houston Astros
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • San Diego Padres

Delta is also big in baseball charters. It said last week it will be flying seven teams this year. Unlike United, Delta has some planes with special (luxurious) charter configurations, according to a 2015 Bloomberg story. 

Here are Delta's teams:

  • New York Mets
  • Washington Nationals 
  • New York Yankees
  • Minnesota Twins 
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Boston Red Sox 

An American Airlines spokeswoman tells me the airline flies only one team - the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

I'm not exactly sure what planes other teams use, but in the past, a handful of teams have not used major carriers. Last year, the Miami Marlins made a splash when they said they would charter a Boeing 767-200 with "extra-large seats, new couches, a massage table and card tables."

The San Francisco Giants also went big last year, chartering their own Boeing 757. That plane had 90 first-class style seats, according to reports. 

As I have mentioned before, there's a real benefit to using United or Delta. If your special charter plane - the one with your team's logo painted on the tail - breaks down, you may not be able to get to your destination on-time. But if a United plane breaks, the airline will simply replace it with another identical one from its fleet.