EXCLUSIVE: American Airlines dropping Dolphins causes flight fiasco

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Posted: July 16, 2017 11:01 a.m. --- Updated: July 31, 2017 11:00 a.m. 

By: Andy Slater

The 2017 Miami Dolphins promise to have a complicated aerial attack, and that's before they even take the field.

As a result of a change in their airline arrangement, the Dolphins will have to travel using two planes for every road game played in the United States this season, according to multiple sources. 

Here's how it all started.

American Airlines dropped the Dolphins from their schedule.

The airline was concerned because flying the Dolphins caused problems with their regular, daily flights.

The Dolphins had to choose a new airline and they went with Miami Air. 

Problem solved, right?

Not really.

While Miami Air has a comfortable seating arrangement for their charter flights, they don't have enough seats to accommodate the Dolphins' traveling party.

NFL players do not typically have someone sit next to them, so they will need more space than Miami Air's special Boeing 737-800VIP can provide. 

The Dolphins were using a much larger, wide-body Boeing 767 with American.

When briefed about the situation, one NFL executive told me, "that's ridiculous!" 

The Steelers will most likely have the same issue as they reportedly chose Miami Air as well. 

(Update: I have learned that the Jacksonville Jaguars will be using an Atlas Air Boeing 747. Atlas is mainly know for their cargo planes.) 

Forbes reported in April that American will continue to fly the Cowboys, Eagles, and Carolina Panthers. Besides Miami and Pittsburgh, the airline also dropped the Cardinals, Ravens, Colts, and Jaguars.  

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