Jaguars among teams searching for new airline travel arrangements

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking for a new travel partner in the wake of American Airlines' decision to suspend charter service to six NFL teams because it lacks sufficient aircraft.

Forbes reported the airline's decision after it obtained an internal American Airlines memo in which the company informed crew members who had the ability to bid for chartered flights as part of their flying schedules that the airline would no longer be servicing the Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2017-18 season.

Forbes reported that American will still provide charter service for the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.

Jaguars spokesman Tad Dickman said the team would not comment on American's decision.

The Jaguars used American Airlines to provide charter service for all 10 of their road games last season (two preseason games and eight regular-season games) -- the Jaguars use Virgin Atlantic for travel to London -- and now must find an alternative airline. Hamzah Ahmad, the Jaguars' director of football operations, heads the team's four-person football logistics operations.

ProFootballTalk reported that up to 20 NFL teams could be facing the loss of chartered flights. Delta also is considering dropping chartered flights, PFT reported via a league source.