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British Airways Dreamflight: LHR-MCO 744  
User currently offlineCrownvic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10684 times:

BA1DF arrived at MCO today for its annual charity deamflight for terminally ill children...Does anyone know if the 744 used will stay here all week or will it ferry out empty somewhere.....The regular 777 flight 239 operated as normal...

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User currently offlineVV701 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10614 times:



Quoting Crownvic (Thread starter):
BA1DF arrived at MCO today for its annual charity deamflight for terminally ill children...Does anyone know if the 744 used will stay here all week or will it ferry out empty somewhere....

In previous years the aircraft has returned to LHR and has often been timed to depart from MCO at a minute past midnight. On these occasions BA has advertised the flight locally as a sort of semi-inclusive tour. The low-cost tickets require the purchasers to travel to LHR on the 'Dreamflight' aircraft and to return to MCO on the aircraft that goes to pick the children up in a week's time.

I believe that BA charters the two round trips to the 'Dreamflight' organisers (at a favourable rate) and that the income derived from selling the MCO-LHR-MCO rotation is given to the charity.

The 'Dreamflight' charity was founded twenty-two years ago by BA employees as a once-off trip-of-a-lifetime for terminally ill and disabled children who would otherwise simply not be able to go on such a holiday. But this year's trip is the twenty-second such trip.

By the way although the children are predominantly British some are usually flown to London to join the trip from Africa, the Middle East and/or Asia. And each year the aircraft is decorated with (usually) multicoloured, large 'DREAMFLIGHT' titles.

One of the most impressive things about the whole trip apart from the medical staff (doctors and nurses) and other carers - all volunteers - who travel with the children nto look after them is the support given by the people of Orlando. These range from the local Police Department (who usually close the freeway and give the children an exciting journey from the airport to their hotel escorting their coaches with their sirens wailing and their lights flashing) to the many volunteers who help with all the mundane tasks like helping to get the more disabled kids off the aircraft.


User currently offlineVV701 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10550 times:

Here is a link to the 'Dreamflight' web site where you can click on a link and watch a 2.5 minute video that includes various clips of the 747 leaving LHR, arriving at MCO and departing on the homeward trip:
http://www.dreamflight.org/multimedia_gallery.htm


User currently offline1peter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10370 times:



Quoting Crownvic (Thread starter):
Does anyone know if the 744 used will stay here all week

NLM's next service is shown as 9107C/28 ex MCO, so to that end I would suggest it's not moving for the week!


User currently offlineAircanada014 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 10284 times:

How many other airlines offering dream takes flight? I know Air Canada has Dream Takes Flight as well. http://dreamstakeflight.com . They have 8 stations across Canada and take them to CA or FL depending on their location in Canada to Disneyworld or Disneyland.

User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 10154 times:



Quoting Crownvic (Thread starter):
BA1DF arrived at MCO today for its annual charity deamflight for terminally ill children...Does anyone know if the 744 used will stay here all week or will it ferry out empty somewhere.....The regular 777 flight 239 operated as normal...

The BAW flight today was 2037 in and 2036 out, the second one is 2039 in and 2038 out.


User currently offlineTheginge From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9836 times:



Quoting 1peter (Reply 3):
NLM's next service is shown as 9107C/28 ex MCO, so to that end I would suggest it's not moving for the week!

They must have a bit of spare capcity on the 744's to leave one there for the week, although I imagine if a few went tech at the same time it might have to come back to cover!!


User currently offlineReadytotaxi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 8202 times:

How does it go with Immigration at MCO, do they wave them on and just a rubber stamp?

User currently offlineTheginge From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 8080 times:



Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 7):
How does it go with Immigration at MCO, do they wave them on and just a rubber stamp?

I am sure they go through the same procedures as other passengers arriving but I imagine they all get dealt with somewhere other than the main immigration area!!


User currently offlineMCO2BRS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7587 times:

From what I recall, I've seen the BA Dreamflights parked up on the western side of the airport for the week.

As for immigration purposes, I presume they go through the same process just as any other int'l passengers; though, I would hope they are treated with a bit more courtesy and compassion than what I have experienced when passing through immigration at MCO!

Cheers,

MCO-2-BRS


User currently offlineFlyTUITravel From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7303 times:

Funnily enough I knew someone on this trip, glad the flight went smoothly,

User currently offlineChrisNH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7214 times:

This is simply a great, great story. Seeing the smiles on the kids' faces is priceless. In this day of airline & economic turmoil, I'm pleased to see that someone hasn't lost the humanitarian spirit. Bravo BA!

User currently offline1peter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 6467 times:



Quoting Theginge (Reply 6):
They must have a bit of spare capcity on the 744's to leave one there for the week, although I imagine if a few went tech at the same time it might have to come back to cover!!

There are a couple of scheduled cancellations to accommodate this flight.


User currently offlineTheginge From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 6320 times:



Quoting 1peter (Reply 12):
There are a couple of scheduled cancellations to accommodate this flight.

I imagine it is cheaper keeping a plane there and cancelling some emptyish flights than fly it back!!


User currently offline1peter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6085 times:



Quoting Theginge (Reply 13):
I imagine it is cheaper keeping a plane there and cancelling some emptyish flights than fly it back!!

Exactly.............


User currently offlineG-CIVP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5993 times:

Usually the Dreamflight B744 returns to the UK the next day after doing the MCO leg. This happened last year. It simply isn't cost effective leaving a B744 on the deck for 7 to 8 days.

The ACARS logs will review all!


User currently offlineSTT757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5993 times:



Quoting VV701 (Reply 2):
Here is a link to the 'Dreamflight' web site where you can click on a link and watch a 2.5 minute video that includes various clips of the 747 leaving LHR, arriving at MCO and departing on the homeward trip:
http://www.dreamflight.org/multimedi...y.htm

Very moving, thanks for sharing.


User currently offlineDazed767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5349 times:

Yeah it's staying all week. And to top it off the AN-124 is here too (arrived around 18:30). Would be cool if they were parked side by side Big grin

User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5303 times:

The AN-124 which was supposed to come in last night and cancelled did come in today kind of on last minute notice to us in Ops. The original plans were to have them park side by side actually, however now the AN-124 is parked next to the south Continental hangar. The AN-124 is supposed to depart around 1100am tomorrow.

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