Yes apparently this was need based as well. The airlines that provide the charters this size are retiring the planes and have no financial interest in converting newer planes to this purpose. So the big jet charters were becoming harder to reserve. Still blows my mind, college and pro football would seem to be a large customer market. College teams travel with larger rosters.Aren't the charters that teams currently take also old?
I'm just surprised no one did this earlier in the NFL. But then I'm surprised NFL teams still make rookies sleep two to a room when on the road.