As many of you know, Pope Francis is paying a visit to the US this week, but I bet you didn’t know how he’s getting here. According to this USA Today article, Pope Francis is flying American Airlines on his journey over to the US.
I reached out to American Airlines to see what additional information they could provide and was told the following: American has the honor of transporting Pope Francis from Washington, D.C., to New York, Philadelphia and back to Rome. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has chartered a Boeing 777-200 aircraft to carry the Pontiff. The airplane’s call sign will be Shepherd One.
He’ll be taking the three following flights on American:
- Andrews Air Force Base-New York (JFK) on Sept 24
- New York (JFK) to Philadelphia on Sept 26
- Philadelphia to Rome on Sept 27
American made no mention on the price that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops paid to charter the 777-200 aircraft for this week, but nonetheless I think it’s interesting that the Pope is flying American Airlines.