Pmg1704 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.
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.
Uswyjer 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!
CLE757 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.
DLX737200 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?
Chase 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.
CLE757 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?
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.
CLE757 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.
KBUF737 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.
Jetjack74 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:
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.
Dw9115 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.
RC135U 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.
MxCtrlr 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!
DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
Uniuniunium 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.
: 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,
: 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
: Try YEG at Christmas We almost have to go south to see Santa
: 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.
: "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'
: 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"
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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!
: Me too! Just a 1 hour gate to gate would be sufficient.
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: CM in panama does that to, and they take off
: 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
: 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?"
: 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
: 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
: 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
: Well, I stand corrected. THEY SHOULD DEMAND A REFUND AND DENIED (boarding) FLIGHT COMPENSATION, A 5-STAR HOTEL ROOM AND DOUBLE FREQUENT FLYER MILES,
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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 (
: Since when has charity not been enough? Come on guys, you are being ridiculous. -SOAC
: 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
: 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
: 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
: .... And you all thought I wouldn't be back.....
: 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
: 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
: 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,
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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