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DTW Tradition - NW DC9 Taxis Kids To North Pole  
User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3092 posts, RR: 10
Posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4025 times:

A few short years ago Northwest would board kids at DTW on a DC9 and they would taxi somewhere on the field. I am not sure if they even left the plane upon arrival. I used to see highlights of this annual event on the news including the station I work for. However in the last couple of years I have not heard anything on this annual event. Does anyone from Northwest in the Detroit area recall this and can you shed some light on whether this has continued?

Thanks in advance..........and Merry Christmas !!

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User currently offlineFavre From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 595 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day ago) and read 3879 times:

This happened last week--A320 was used taxied around a bit and arrived at the gate decorated like the north pole w/santa...


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User currently offlineJAFA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day ago) and read 3831 times:

I was just in Inflight and saw the pictures the interior looks like a 757 to me.

User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 3665 times:



Quoting Favre (Reply 1):
This happened last week--A320 was used taxied around a bit and arrived at the gate decorated like the north pole w/santa...

It was a 757 and they plane taxied around DTW for an hour.



"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
User currently offlineTOGA01 From Germany, joined Oct 2005, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 7 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

See this link for more:
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/myfox/pa...EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.5.1


User currently offlineAllpress From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 3058 times:

such a good cause!
and such a kool idea! =]

cam



landing is just a controlled collision with earth
User currently offlineCarledwards From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 5 hours ago) and read 2941 times:

I cant imagine anything like this happening in Europe, people are too stuffy. but what a good idea! its nice when airlines show a friendly caring side, and actually try to make the public feel good about them. I think more airlines should do similar things to this! Maybe pleasure flights also...


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User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3380 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

It is an fantastic tradition, and one I hope continues at the newly combined carrier.


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User currently offlineLJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 2369 times:



Quoting Carledwards (Reply 6):
I cant imagine anything like this happening in Europe, people are too stuffy. but what a good idea! its nice when airlines show a friendly caring side, and actually try to make the public feel good about them. I think more airlines should do similar things to this! Maybe pleasure flights also..

Though not at Christmas, but Martinair annualy flies people with a disability and/or very ill to the Medditerrean Sun (usually Spain) for a free daytrip. Other airlines have similar schemes.


User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4940 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 2331 times:

A lot of airlines have very charitable ideals. This gets them good publicity. And that's something that money can't buy.
CO for years has donatated tickets to many different destinations for needy people. It usually makes the news too. I must commend them on that.



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User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months ago) and read 2307 times:

At CM they go a bit further and actually FLY the kids around. This is done in Panama and in some other CM station every year and I think its great because most of these kids could probably never afford a plane ride otherwise.

User currently offlineTVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2352 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months ago) and read 2262 times:



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 3):
It was a 757 and they plane taxied around DTW for an hour.

I have taxied around DTW for over an hour in the winter once---never saw Santa, though.
 grumpy 


User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3380 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2160 times:



Quoting TVNWZ (Reply 11):
I have taxied around DTW for over an hour in the winter once---never saw Santa, though.
  

LOL.

I was waiting for someone to chime in with something like that...



"Nothing ever happens here, " I said. "I just wait."
User currently offlineJpax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

I was with my little brother when he took part in this with US Airways at PHL a few years ago for terminally ill children from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. We taxied around for a while, and then pulled up to another gate that was decorated like the North Pole. Presents, food, and happiness were abundant-- it was a great day, and is a great memory.

...and the best part was, there was no TSA to be seen!  Wink


User currently offlineRwy04LGA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2037 times:



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 3):
It was a 757 and they plane taxied around DTW for an hour.

It taxied or was it towed?



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User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1998 times:



Quoting Carledwards (Reply 6):
I cant imagine anything like this happening in Europe,

No, in Europe the carriers take kids to the real North Pole, or at least Lapland. Granted I haven't heard of any doing this for free, but then again they do have to make a profit somewhere. Flying the three hour flight to airports like Kittila and Rovaniemi costs a lot more than taxiing around Detroit.


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