By Brian Murphy
Boise State will pay $512,596 for six football regular-season charter flights on Frontier — and the figure could rise based on gas prices. The university submitted the contract to the State Board of Education last week.
Last year, the Broncos paid $400,781 for six regular-season charter flights. The increase was attributed to destination changes and an increase in fuel costs.
There is a fuel escalator clause in the contract, allowing Frontier to charge more for each cent rise in the cost of fuel over the base price of $3.00.
As part of the contract, the planes will include 137 or 161 coach seats and passengers will have access to live television (but not movies) at no cost.
The cost breakdown is as follows:
Fresno State: $72,570
Colorado State (Fort Collins): $62,100
San Diego State: $77,805
Boise State previously had a multi-year contract with Frontier Airlines. The deal increased "the likelihood of finding available aircraft, steamlined the booking process and improved the level of service the team received." However, when Boise State put out requests for another multi-year contract in March, no bids were received. The current contract with Frontier is for 2011.
Last year, Boise State played road games in Washington, D.C. (Virginia Tech); Laramie, Wyo.; Las Cruces, N.M. (New Mexico State); San Jose (San Jose State); Moscow, Idaho; and Reno, Nevada.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the chat today. Lots of questions about Boise State's position battles, the 2011 schedule and the Mountain West. Plus, our typical amount of backhanded compliments and out-of-line comments. Thanks again.
Kustra on Boise State's move
Boise State president Bob Kustra discussed Friday's official move to the Mountain West. For those who think the move is solely about athletics, Kustra talked extensively about the academic impact of the conference change. His first answer was about the reduction in travel time and thus a reduction in lost class time for student-athletes and he later talked about the academic benefits of being in the Mountain West with similar urban research universities, such as UNLV and San Diego State.
You can follow Murph's Turf on Twitter.
You can find links to stories, photos and video by being a fan of Brian Murphy on Facebook.