KarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3264 posts, RR: 9 Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4592 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?
Carledwards From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3508 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...
LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2936 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.
Type-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2898 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.
Luisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2874 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.
Jpax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1020 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2700 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!
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.