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Topic: North Pole Flights?
Username: Beau222
Posted 2007-12-23 14:10:21 and read 3201 times.

I recall when Eastern use to load a DC-9 with kids in PNS and taxi them up and down the airport for a flight to the north pole. Are there any other airlines that do this?

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: RoseFlyer
Posted 2007-12-23 14:28:11 and read 3165 times.

I've heard of the old US Airways having flights to the North Pole. They taxi around the airport and pull up to a gate that is all decorated for the holidays. I don't know if any airlines actually take off on such a flight.

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: Viscount724
Posted 2007-12-23 14:55:08 and read 3123 times.



Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 1):
I don't know if any airlines actually take off on such a flight.

Canadian carrier Air Transat operated three 90 minute flights last week from YUL/YYZ/YVR for children with serious illnesses. Related press release:
http://www.stockhouse.ca/news/news.asp?tick=TRZ.A&newsid=6254830

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: FLLspoter
Posted 2007-12-23 15:01:25 and read 3112 times.

UA does a similar thing in FLL with a 733. Im not exactly sure of the name but i know that local radio station 102.7 sponsors the event along with Joe Damaggio's childrens hospital.

Joe

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: Crjflyer35
Posted 2007-12-23 15:15:35 and read 3084 times.

United did this with a A320 a few weeks ago here in PHX.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1207phxpappas1208.html

United employees redressed a gate to appear as the North Pole with Santa waiting for them when they returned from a quick sightsing flight around the valley.

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: BlueShamu330s
Posted 2007-12-23 15:20:06 and read 3069 times.

BA used to do them through what used to be their UK network.

Was so festive to hear "Santa 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5" climbing out on departure.

Manchester ones would go out over the Irish Sea up to about 16000 before turning back just before the Isle of Man, total time roughly 45 minutes.

Santa Claus was always on board (normally shoehorned into the 1-11 flightdeck or forward toilet), who happened to be an Air Traffic Controller at Manchester and great afficionado of BA  santahat   wink . Every one got refreshments and all the kids got a gift from Santa.

Great, great days and such fun.

Shamu

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: A380fo
Posted 2007-12-23 17:10:10 and read 2962 times.

Skywest did this in COS. Taxiied from one gate to another...and the kids get off and have like a party...

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: Gilesdavies
Posted 2007-12-23 18:19:45 and read 2883 times.

In the UK, several of the charter airlines do the real deal!!!

Parents take their Children on a day Lapland to meet the real Santa! There is quite a few of these charters and operate from a number of UK airport.

Many of the charters operate to Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle of Finland and in the below picture, you can see 8 UK Aircraft all parked!


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Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: AC772
Posted 2007-12-23 21:19:26 and read 2783 times.

Awesome!
I want to go on a Charter Flight to the North Pole!
I have never been out of the country before on a flight and would enjoy the land of Finland!
AC772  bouncy 

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: Smcmac32msn
Posted 2007-12-23 22:30:24 and read 2699 times.

YX in MKE used to do it, I don't live in close enough to get MKE news on tv anymore, but i know they used to.

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: Viasa
Posted 2007-12-24 02:07:21 and read 2587 times.

There is also a north pole flight from Europe: http://www.polarflug.de/index.php?p=1

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: UpperDeck79
Posted 2007-12-24 03:30:17 and read 2498 times.



Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 7):
Many of the charters operate to Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle of Finland and in the below picture, you can see 8 UK Aircraft all parked!

Yes, lots of them to RVN, KTT, IVL and EFN.

There are also a few special departures appearing on the screens at HEL tonight:

Quote:
20:00 XX02 Hyvaa Joulua God Jul Merry Christmas

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: Skyexramper
Posted 2007-12-24 07:27:19 and read 2338 times.



Quoting Smcmac32msn (Reply 9):
YX in MKE used to do it, I don't live in close enough to get MKE news on tv anymore, but i know they used to.

Eastern Airlines was the first airline to establish that tradition at MKE and now the 128th Air Refueling Wing does the taxi tour with their KC-135.

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: HangarRat
Posted 2007-12-24 07:41:16 and read 2310 times.

The U.S. Navy used to do one using a C-9. Back in the day they'd get a load of kids at Willow Grove NAS near Philly and fly them up to ABE where there was a hangar specially decorated. Not sure who was involved at the ABE end. I just remember seeing an old newspaper clipping about it.

More recently it was shortened to a half hour out and back flight from Willow Grove. Now, I think its a thing of the past with the base closure.

Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: Andaman
Posted 2007-12-24 11:54:04 and read 2178 times.



Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 7):
In the UK, several of the charter airlines do the real deal!!!

Parents take their Children on a day Lapland to meet the real Santa! There is quite a few of these charters and operate from a number of UK airport.

Many of the charters operate to Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle of Finland and in the below picture, you can see 8 UK Aircraft all parked!

This Christmas the airports in the Finnish Lapland received around 600 charters from abroad, mainly from UK. It's still long way to the North Pole but very north already, these charters have arrived at Ivalo (IVL), some 200km from the Arctic Ocean:


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Topic: RE: North Pole Flights?
Username: LesMainwaring
Posted 2007-12-24 17:49:29 and read 1998 times.

In ORF, TW use to do this when they had their res center in the mid-to-late 90s. As a journalist, I got to fly on it two consecutive years. It was a MD80, and we actually did take off. I still have a boarding pass with the flight information that says ORF-ORF. Journalists and city officials sat in F and the kids sat in Y. The kids came from a variety of service groups in the area that worked with at-risk youth. The first year we flew for about a half hour around the area and landed at the old ORF terminal (now razed) which was decorated as Santa's workshop. Each child met with Santa, got a toy from Target, and had goodies. We deplaned across the tarmac from forward stairs.

The next year, we also flew around for about a half-hour, including an incredible low pass over an aircraft carrier at the navy base (this was pre-9/11 and the captain was ex-Navy). When we landed, we taxied to the Norfolk Southern corporate hanger and deplaned through the rear stairs - which was cool since that was the first and only time I've been able to do that on any DC9 family member or B727. As the year before, the hanger was decorated as Santa's workshop.

On board both flights there was caroling and some treats. One the first flight, the captain explained a bit of turbulence as "Oops, it seems we sucked Rudolph into the engine" and all the kids started to cry! The FAs calmed them down. One FA had children at a private school where I had worked as a substitute teacher, and she was cool about letting me get up and walk around, go into the cockpit and hang out in the galley.

Boy, I miss TW.


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