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FLIGHTS OF THE BULLETS MAKING NEWS IN WASHINGTON
Published January 24, 1995
After remarks by former Bullet Tom Gugliotta, and current player Chris Webber questioning the organization's care of its players, Bullets President Susan O'Malley defended Bullets Owner Abe Pollin and the organization in this morning's WASHINGTON TIMES. Webber recently complained regarding lack of space in their charter flights, and the food served on the flights. The Bullets have a deal with USAir for the season. O'Malley said if players have a complaint, "we want to be accommodating." A survey by the TIMES notes that of 23 teams reached, nine own or lease their own plane, 13 teams fly charters, and one team, the Bucks, split time between commercial and charter flights. The Jazz was the only team reached that flew "strictly commercial" -- because the team has an agreement with Delta Airlines, which owns naming rights to the team's arena. The Jazz "will not charter with other airlines." Two Bullet players recently complained on the food USAir was serving on flights, and the team has switched to a catered menu. It is unlikely Pollin would purchase a plane for the team, since he would probably have to do the same for his NHL Capitals (Frank Hughes, WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/24).