Zero Tackle have crunched the numbers following the release of the 2024 NRL draw to determine who will spend more time in the air than any other - and the Warriors will reach an unwanted milestone this year, with over 100 hours spent either in the air or waiting for a connecting flight.
That comes with the Warriors flying out of Auckland for 14 games this season - 12 away games, magic round as a home game, and a home game in Christchurch.
Surprisingly though, the four teams who are flying to Las Vegas don't make up the next four spots, with the North Queensland Cowboys and Melbourne Storm both spending considerable time in the air to break up the run.
At the other end of the table, the St George Illawarra Dragons, who miss a trip for magic round with the bye, have the NRL's most favourable travel schedule. They start off with two games in south east Queensland, but then don't travel again until they play the Broncos in Round 19, with just one other trip to Melbourne slated for the back end of the season.
The worst of the Sydney teams not travelling to Las Vegas are the Cronulla Sharks.
NRL teams time on planes in 2024
|Team||Number of trips||Time in air|
|Sea Eagles*||6||55hr 30m|
* = trip to Las Vegas.
Note: Flight time relates to the scheduled time of a flight by the quickest route possible, including connections where necessary.
Flights were mainly used for interstate travel, as well as to locations such as Tamworth and Bundaberg. Flights were not used between Sydney and Canberra or Sydney and Newcastle, as well as some other regional games. For games marked with venues still to be announced, it was assumed that they would played in the home team's region.
It was also assumed that teams would fly home after each away game, whereas sometimes they may hold a training camp if playing multiple away games in the same area back-to-back.