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US Airways' Flight To The North Pole  
User currently offlinePmg1704 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 14455 times:

I saw some footage of this on the local news, and what a great event it is. The best part is that the kids and parents get on the plane, close the windowshades (to avoid hurting the reindeer's eyes) the jet changes gates, and they deplane at another gate where Santa and the whole crew is there to greet them.

See some pictures here.

US AIRWAYS NORTH POLE FANTASY FLIGHT TO OFFER SPECIAL HOLIDAY TREAT TO N.Y. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL PATIENTS

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 3, 2004 -- Media are invited to join employees from US Airways and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at LaGuardia Airport tomorrow where patients from Schneider Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, N.Y., and their family members will board a US Airways aircraft for a fantasy "Trip To The North Pole."

The children will board the US Airways jet from Gate 21 at approximately 11 a.m. While onboard, the children will be treated to holiday music and cheer as the aircraft taxis about the airport property. The children will deplane Santa’s holiday flight at US Airways Gate 12, where they will visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in their workshop and receive a special gift from Santa.

Santa's Fantasy Flight originally was created by a group of retired Eastern Airlines flight attendants called the Silverliners. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express employees have teamed up with the Silverliners to continue this special holiday tradition. This is the twelfth year that US Airways has participated in this event.

Reporters needing additional information should contact US Airways Corporate Affairs at (703) 872-5100.

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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 14427 times:

I believe WN does a similar event in PHX, but they actually leave the ground. Still its a very good cause.

User currently offlineCMB320 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 415 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 14354 times:

A "fantasy flight" that doesn't even leave the ground? It seems the plane should go up for at least a few minutes.

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 14318 times:

Perhaps that is to be a special suprise that they don't expect? Seems a bit naff, but then fuel is expensive...


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User currently offlineUswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 14155 times:

Continental and I believe United did flights like these up at BDL for the CT Children's Hospital back in the 90s, I vaguely remember they would taxi out the runway, speed down the runway, slow down and then pull off returning to the gate where Santa and elves would be, having set up when the plane was away from the gate. Always a great cause!

User currently offlineCLE757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 14030 times:

CO flight from CLE to North Pole delights children

CLE held its annual fantasy flight to the North Pole Saturday for more than 70 terminally ill children and their families. The special passengers boarded CO’s Flight 9991 at Gate C2 for their “taxi flight” to the North Pole. Volunteers from ATO, Terminal Ops, Tech Ops, Facility Maintenance, Finance, Chelsea, EDS, as well as other vendors and CO’s TSA partners helped transform Gates C19 - C21 into a winter wonderland, complete with Christmas trees, gingerbread men, hand-wrapped gifts for the children and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus and their elfin assistants. Volunteers from CLE Inflight and Flight Ops also donated their time to ensure an enjoyable, comfortable ride.



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User currently offlineDLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1956 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 13990 times:

What about when it's time to leave the north pole? Do they get back on the plane and taxi again and get the gate back to normal for their return, making them think they're home now? Or do they just walk of the airport with them thinking they're still at the north pole?

-Justin


User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13932 times:

TZ did this at IND in years past. Originally the flight left the ground, but then they stopped doing that due to fuel costs.

My question, though, is: How do the kids get home from the "North Pole"? Do they taxi around a second time (doubtful), or use "Santa's Magic Transporter" or ...? Seriously, if anybody knows, I'd really like to know what they tell the kids regarding the return trip home.


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7565 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13899 times:

Northwest used to or still does it with a 747 at MSP.


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User currently offlineCLE757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13813 times:

Quoting DLX737200 (Reply 6):
What about when it's time to leave the north pole? Do they get back on the plane and taxi again and get the gate back to normal for their return, making them think they're home now? Or do they just walk of the airport with them thinking they're still at the north pole?

-Justin

In CLe they just had the kids board buses to take them back home, but judging by the looks on their faces I dont think they cared. They seemed to really have a great time.



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User currently offlineKYAir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13800 times:

Quoting Pmg1704 (Thread starter):
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 3, 2004 --

Looks like this is last year's "flight". Are they doing it this year too? I think all new USAirways press releases have a Tempe, AZ dateline.



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User currently offlinePSAjet17 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 342 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 13518 times:

Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
I believe WN does a similar event in PHX

Actually, UA did it on December 2nd in PHX on an A320 for the homeless children who attend the Thomas J Pappas Elementary School

Flight to the North Pole


User currently offlineCLE757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 13456 times:

Another Continental Story!

North Pole flight brings joy to children in Orlando


More than 140 terminally ill children and their families were treated Saturday to a fantasy “flight” to the North Pole from Orlando, Fla. (MCO). At the 10th annual event, volunteers from management, ATO, OPS, Admin, Tech Ops, as well as other vendors, helped transform the hangar into a winter wonderland, complete with Christmas trees, face painting, live entertainment, hand-wrapped gifts for the children and, of course, Santa Claus. Co-workers from IAH and CLE Inflight and Flight Ops volunteered to help and ensured the children had a happy holiday “flight” experience.



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User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13350 times:

Quoting CMB320 (Reply 2):
A "fantasy flight" that doesn't even leave the ground? It seems the plane should go up for at least a few minutes.

Well, fuel costs are quite expensive these days, not to mention that LGA is slot-contolled, and US isn't going to give up a slot for this kind of flight.

-SOAC



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User currently offlineKBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13330 times:

We have one up here in BUF too, this really is a wonderful and generous thing for the airlines to do. Offer their equipment, man power and gate space so that those who are disadvantaged may also be able to enjoy the gift of flight which so many people take for granted.

-KBUF



The tower? Rapunzel!!!!!!
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13307 times:

Quoting CMB320 (Reply 2):
A "fantasy flight" that doesn't even leave the ground? It seems the plane should go up for at least a few minutes.

Another problem is that some of the children may be so ill that they cannot fly.



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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7438 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13252 times:
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With my old squadron with the Navy, we did that with one of our C-9s on a drill weekend when I was with VR-52 at NXX. We were sponsoring a Make-A-Wish Foundation fund raiser, and had a North Pole Express flight for the kids. It was done from an idea from one the pilots who was with the airlines. We taxied around the base with the windowshades drawn, and went over to the Army side which was set as the North Pole. Toys and colouring books were distributed from the Marine Corps toys for tots progamme.


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User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13224 times:

What a sham! Not only do they grow up thinking Santa is real, now they have to live with this! Anyways, hopefully somewhere in there, they know what the real reason for celebrating Christmas is.

User currently offlineDw9115 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 449 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 13182 times:

I think it's great that airlines do this sort of thing for kids that might be homeless or that might be fatally ill maybe it will give them a little holiday joy this time of year and maybe some of them may want to become a pilot later in life.

User currently offlineRC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 13179 times:

Quoting ETStar (Reply 17):
What a sham! Not only do they grow up thinking Santa is real, now they have to live with this! Anyways, hopefully somewhere in there, they know what the real reason for celebrating Christmas is.

IF they do indeed get to grow up, I'm sure they'll somehow stumble upon the
truth about Santa without undo psychological harm. The celebration of
Christmas would certainly include bringing joy and happiness to the sick,
especially terminal or seriously ill children (and their families). No doubt the
people involved in these Christmas/Santa programs consider the experience
a great honor.


User currently offlineAmazonphil From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 12879 times:

CO just had their F. flight at IAH recently

amazonphil



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User currently offlineAmazonphil From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 12839 times:

Quoting CMB320 (Reply 2):
A "fantasy flight" that doesn't even leave the ground? It seems the plane should go up for at least a few minutes



The kids are so excited that it doesn't make a difference or do they really care that the flight doesn't leave the ground.

Cheers,
amazonphil



If it ain't Boeing, I ain't goeing!
User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 12748 times:

We did this at KW back in the 90's. The aircraft would pick up the kids at the terminal, taxi around and go to the executive terminal on the opposite side of the field where they had a makeshift "North Pole" set up complete with snow (in FLL no less!), reindeer and, of course, Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves. The kids loved it almost as much as the staff did.

Santa Claus lives! Never stop believing!

MxCtrlr  bouncy 



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 43
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 12633 times:

Quoting KYAir (Reply 10):
Looks like this is last year's "flight". Are they doing it this year too? I think all new USAirways press releases have a Tempe, AZ dateline.

I'm not sure why he posted last year's press release, but yes, they did it this year as well.

Here's an article: http://www.newsday.com/news/printedi...034655.story?coll=nyc-nynews-print

Quoting Redngold (Reply 15):
Another problem is that some of the children may be so ill that they cannot fly.

Bingo. Has nothing to do with slots or fuel or anything like that.



I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.
User currently offlineUniuniunium From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12442 times:

Quoting KBUF737 (Reply 14):
We have one up here in BUF too, this really is a wonderful and generous thing for the airlines to do. Offer their equipment, man power and gate space so that those who are disadvantaged may also be able to enjoy the gift of flight which so many people take for granted.

...except in BUF they don't have to draw the window shades, because let's face it, you can't really tell the difference between Buffalo and the North Pole in December.


25 ERJ145LR : A few years ago when I was flying out of BWI on Wn, around christmas time, I saw the same thng going on. A special flight to the North Pole, adn yes,
26 RDUDDJI : UA used to do that here at IAD also. This year we didn't have an aircraft available (at least that was the party line). I was watching the news the ot
27 Post contains images Slashd0t : Try YEG at Christmas We almost have to go south to see Santa
28 Navairjax : I remember EA doing this type of flight out of BOS on a 727, which took off and circled for a half hour back around 1989/90.
29 JFKLGANYC : "EEEUW Typical USAirways crap. A 'Trip to The North Pole'? What a cheeeeezy farce!! Shouldn't it be called: 'The USAirways TRIP TO THE NORTH TAXIWAY'
30 Tornado82 : Yep. And to a kid that age just the thrill of getting on a plane that big is worth it. I'd love to be a pilot/crew on that plane or the "North Pole"
31 F27XXX : I am a man with a Downs Syndrome and partially paralyzed brother in my care, (you presumptuous fool, you), and all i'm saying is that for the amount o
32 F27XXX : OOOH and one more thing ... I noticed it was done on December 3 ... a S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y. This heroic "flight" was performed on a day, and probably with
33 N200WN : Continental sponsors this even in SAT and a WN employee is Santa. He's played Santa for twenty years - since he worked for Eastern - and he's a membe
34 Post contains images MxCtrlr : I gotta agree with JFKLGANYC, you're being a self-indulgant oaf. Consider, for one special moment, that they also do not fly because of the liability
35 F27XXX : What am i indulging myselg in. oher than expressing my opinion here on a forum ... Yes they diiiiiiiiid .... and it cost them NOTHING. Public Relatio
36 Post contains images PurdueAv2003 : F27XXX, I don't know what US ever did to you to make you so bitter, but give it up, man! There are a lot bigger issues in life than bashing your forme
37 Post contains images MxCtrlr : Obviously, you were so quick to prove your point about how terrible USAirways is for doing this, that you missed the small word "taxi" which means to
38 F27XXX : CLASS IS NOW IN SESSION. Cheesy is cheesy, no matter what airline is rotting the milk. If you;re putting these kids on to a plane and "flying" them t
39 StuckinMAF : This is showing just how far out in "the sticks" I am, but this is the first time I've heard of the "Fantasy Flights", and I think this is a very crea
40 Devil505x : What a great cause. Its not cheesy But I would have liked to see the plane leave the ground. How cheap could USairways be? It's for the kids! I know i
41 LGA777 : Just to add my two cents, F27XXX said "this costs US nothing", he forgot to mention, when these kids get off their "taxi" ride around the airport and
42 Cs03 : I saw the media footage of the US Airways "flight" and one look at the beaming faces of the children whom were having a great time speaks for itself!
43 BigOrange : Me too! Just a 1 hour gate to gate would be sufficient.
44 BWI757 : Oh, please. Set aside the theology (And I'm Jewish, so this is a non-partisan post). These are kids who are living somewhat miserable lives cooped up
45 ATCT : Its great to see that even in the hectic airline industry they can take time to spread the christmas spirit. It would be nice if they did an up around
46 F27XXX : Really? To repeat: I am very heavily involved as a volunteer with his Day-Care group and just got back from a day of "doing nothing" .. accompanying
47 StuckinMAF : Why? Not a part of what they are offering, as far as I know it looks like it was NEVER implied that an actual wheels-up flight would occur. No it doe
48 Snaiks : CM in panama does that to, and they take off
49 Darrenthe747 : well i think seriously you need to ask about the implications of taking sick kids on chemo and all up on a flight. the chances of one or more becoming
50 F27XXX : Right here they did: PLUS - they boarded those kids on a plane. Planes normally fly. I wonder how many of the kids asked "Don't we go up in the air?"
51 Post contains images Daleaholic : Scumbag! How dare you! Have you ever seen somebody with cancer suffer? I have, somebody extremely close, its not nice watching it happen 3 times, the
52 Captaink : I think for the matter of safety is best the airplane stays on the ground. These are not normal healthy passengers, these are sometimes very sick kids
53 Gman3 : The bottom line is that it is a wonderful gesture to do. I am glad that most airlines do this as the magical aspect of both flight and Christmas is aw
54 Post contains images StuckinMAF : Well, I stand corrected. THEY SHOULD DEMAND A REFUND AND DENIED (boarding) FLIGHT COMPENSATION, A 5-STAR HOTEL ROOM AND DOUBLE FREQUENT FLYER MILES,
55 Devil505x : Anything you want it too be! Xmas is taking a taxi ride in an airplane too! And SANTA is real! You are a sham for not believeing. I am not really rel
56 Darrenthe747 : F27XXX, the harsh words come from your desire to piss people off on this forum. That's why your last thread was deleted. You think i need to switch to
57 F27XXX : AND ground transportation to JFK for a reaccomodation on another carrier - in First Class! That was meant as a joke (for you uptight types who'd thin
58 BigOrange : Couldn't agree more! I'm sure that if the hospital promoted what it was doing a few months ahead of time, and asked for donations to a fund, people (
59 SonOfACaptain : Since when has charity not been enough? Come on guys, you are being ridiculous. -SOAC
60 Post contains images Max999 : This is my first post here after months of reading the threads on the forum so please be nice. I think this is a very generous thing that US Airways d
61 Redngold : I'll repeat what I said above. Some of the children on the "flight" may have been too ill to go up in a real flight. With the window shades down, the
62 F27XXX : How do you know all the kids were happy? How do you know there werent any who were disappointed when they found out they weren't taking a flight afte
63 F27XXX : .... And you all thought I wouldn't be back.....
64 StuckinMAF : Well.....not exactly THOUGHT.......more like HOPED!!!!! Not really. You are certainly entitled to your opinion and we're all still friends. I just ho
65 AsstChiefMark : They used a single aisle 3-3 aircraft this year. It looked like a 752 domestic based on the TV camera angle. I guess they do a pretty long taxi. It's
66 Aa757first : Southeast did this one year in ABE using an MD-80. They didn't take off either. Now, yes, US Airways could have taken off. I'm sure most, if not all,
67 F27XXX : AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!! Thanks a heap - i'll be having a nightmare about some fairy with an oral fixation coming to my room tonite! LOL Do NOT talk to me
68 Post contains images Jetmatt777 : Some and maybe most havn't flown before and maybe they didnt wnt some noises that go on in flight to scare or frighten the children like touchdown, g
69 Flyboyaz : Wow that is so cool....what a fun time. I remember my very first time in an airplane...back in the late 70's on a DL 727...we didn't get to fly for re
70 Darrenthe747 : Flyboyaz, i remember my first time on an airplane too, it was an Aer Lingus 737. we never flew anywhere either, i had a realtive that worked at Dublin
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