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Wings’ Isabelle Harrison thanks WNBA commissioner for charter flight

Isabelle Harrison and the Dallas Wings will face the Connecticut Sun in Game 3 of their first-round series Wednesday. (Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images)

Isabelle Harrison struck a pose in front of a chartered jet, posting the image to her Twitter account Monday with the message, “Thank you Cathy Engelbert.”

The Dallas Wings star had tweeted a day earlier asking the WNBA commissioner for a charter plane after the team’s commercial flight was canceled. Harrison’s follow-up tweet seems to indicate that she got her wish.

Dallas is in the midst of a heated playoff battle with the Connecticut Sun, with both teams traveling to Dallas for Wednesday’s decisive Game 3 in their first-round series.

The WNBA already has committed to providing charter flights for the WNBA Finals, but did not make the same promise for the opening two rounds of the postseason. With the league adopting a new three-game first-round format rather than single elimination games, postseason travel arrangements have become a hot topic.

Voices advocating for private travel arrangements have grown louder over the 2022 WNBA season, with COVID-19 exposure and airline delays impacting teams across the league.

WNBA Players Association president Nneka Ogwumike spoke out on the issue in August after the Los Angeles Sparks’ flight from Washington D.C. was delayed, forcing her team to spend the night in Dulles Airport.

“‘Competitive advantage’ is a tired argument that has overstayed its welcome. It has become a phrase that impedes transformational growth across our league,” Ogwumike said in a statement released through the WNBPA. “The numbers and the trends suggest that The W is a smart investment with a measurable return. New and emerging ownership groups have demonstrated an ability and eagerness to invest the necessary resources to grow this league in the areas that require it most.”

The league has punished teams for opting to charter their own flights, citing unfair competitive advantage. The New York Liberty were fined last season after owners Joe and Clara Tsai chartered flights for players to and from games in violation of the CBA.