SBD/August 13, 2012/Franchises

Bankruptcy Of Charter Service Swift Air Could Upset Predators' Travel Plans

The financial and legal problems facing charter air service company Swift Air “could scramble” the Predators’ travel plans this season, according to Duane Marsteller of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. A spokesperson said the team is “exploring alternate travel options” in case Swift Air is unable to fly this season. Court records show that Swift Air in June filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection but has continued to operate. This has left travel plans for the Predators and several other teams “unsettled" in advance of the team's preseason-opening Sept. 24 road game against Panthers. Swift Air “has signaled in court papers that it wants out of its Predators contract.” But the company said that it "wants to keep contracts" with six other teams: the Bruins, Sabres, Blackhawks and Blues, as well as the NBA’s Celtics and Bucks. A federal bankruptcy judge in Phoenix is scheduled to decide “after a hearing Tuesday which contracts Swift Air company will keep” (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/11).
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