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Nets' Charter Operator Shutting Down Amidst Financial, Safety Concerns

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For the past few years, whenever the Nets traveled, they flew Champion Air, a Minnesota-based charter that specialized in flying NBA teams around the US. The airline even included an endorsement by Net trainer Tim Walsh on its website. Tuesday, the airline announced it was shutting down May 31, its fleet of aging, gas-guzzling 727's becoming too expensive. Today, a San Antonio newspaper reported Champion had racked up "hundreds of safety and maintenance incidents".