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Patriots become first NFL team to buy their own jets to travel to games

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The Patriots are ahead of the rest of the NFL in a lot of ways, now they have one more — with their own fleet of jumbo jets.

The Pats bought not one, but two Boeing 767s so the team can always travel together in style without needing to worry about chartering a jet. The Patriots changed the configuration of the plane so every seat is a first class seat, many of which recline entirely for players to rest.

ESPN estimates the planes cost the Patriots $10 million each, which isn’t that bad in the scheme of things. The team also ensured everyone knows their legacy with the five Vince Lombardi trophies on the tail.

This move is smart. Rising charter costs flights means that teams can spend up to $4 million a year on flights. This is a smart investment that could give the Pats another edge on game day if they can rest a little more than the majority of the league.

One plane will be used in 2017 with the other as a reserve. The Patriots have plans to rent out the planes when they’re not in use by the team -- so if you’ve even wanted to sit in Tom Brady’s seat then you might want to do a little research and cash in that jar of coins in the garage.

Of note: Tom Brady also owns the Jets, just in a different way.