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United's "Kids North Pole" Flight  
User currently onlineridgid727 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1110 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7783 times:

United and the kids North Pole Flights for the underpriviledged. I had the opportunity to work with this program this year, and it was really great to do it.

http://www.ktvb.com/news/Underprivel...t-to-the-North-Pole-111334884.html

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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9495 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7625 times:

In addition to the great work by United, the fuel suppliers have to be commended as well. UA will commit the aircraft, the crews volunteer their time, and the fuel suppliers volunteer fuel. Last year they were able to make 5 real flights instead of just towing an airplane along a few taxiways.


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User currently offlineYYZRWY23 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7615 times:

Very nice idea. It goes to show that even in tough times, the industry does have a heart and I am proud of United for donating a crew and aircraft to this cause, as well as to the Boise airport and other contributors. Probably a huge thrill for those kids. Also, as this is a.net, what kind of aircraft was it? I didn't watch the video, but I want to guess an A32X series(by seeing 3x3 config alone).

Happy holidays,

YYZRWY23



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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1845 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7591 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 1):
In addition to the great work by United, the fuel suppliers have to be commended as well. UA will commit the aircraft, the crews volunteer their time, and the fuel suppliers volunteer fuel. Last year they were able to make 5 real flights instead of just towing an airplane along a few taxiways.

No idea why we are commending the fuel suppliers. The article says that local businesses made contributions to cover jet fuel costs. They actually appear to be the only party not being charitable.

YYZRWY23,

United only schedules A319 and A320 to BOI for mainline aircraft, so you're right.

[Edited 2010-12-05 13:55:48]

User currently offlinerolypolyman From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7219 times:

I wonder how far the crew went to provide the illusion of a North Pole run. Did any of the kids recognize Boise when landing at the North Pole? Was there a "return" flight? Inquiring minds want to know.

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9495 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6951 times:

Quoting USAIRWAYS321 (Reply 3):

No idea why we are commending the fuel suppliers. The article says that local businesses made contributions to cover jet fuel costs. They actually appear to be the only party not being charitable.

Oh, didn't see that. Last year BP paid for 5 different charity flights, which was the biggest cost of anyone, so I assumed that was the case this year.



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3278 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6862 times:

I still think this is a wonderful gesture from a lot of people. Kudos to everyone at UA who helped make this possible. I particularly like that they actually take them up in the air, that's really cool. I wonder if they file a flight plan!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2490 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6813 times:

Quoting rolypolyman (Reply 4):
I wonder how far the crew went to provide the illusion of a North Pole run. Did any of the kids recognize Boise when landing at the North Pole? Was there a "return" flight? Inquiring minds want to know.

If you had read the article, you'd have figured out that they flew around the field, landed, and parked at a different gate decked out to look like North Pole. It's in the first paragraph.

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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2864 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6577 times:
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What an amazing thing for UA to do. Gosh I wish they could do it in a few places now that they will almost have free run of the USA! like ORD or EWR.

It reminds me so much of the REAL UNITED I remember. The "Friendly skies"

I hope they all got wing pins!



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User currently offlinerolypolyman From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6538 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 7):
If you had read the article, you'd have figured out that they flew around the field, landed, and parked at a different gate decked out to look like North Pole. It's in the first paragraph.

Eh? The event is headlined "flight to the 'North Pole", right? The kids visit the North Pole at the specially decorated airport gate, right? Logically the kids will be expecting a return flight back to Boise. Did that not happen? The kids in the video look like they're totally into it, so I'm trying to learn how the whole theme played out.


User currently offlinetsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6429 times:

Just to set the record straight, UA doesn't donate the crew(s). Fantasy Flights are funded by private and corporate donors. UA employee labor is voluntary and unpaid (some dedicated crew volunteers use personal vacation time to drop trips if a work conflict would otherwise keep them from participating). Airplanes are not pulled out of service for these flights. FFs are subject to last minute equipment changes for this reason... program organizers must work with unscheduled metal. FF-LAX has been fortunate to have use of a 744 for the past two years; FF-PHX was a 757 this year.

UA Management, in their infinite wisdom, have previously attempted to cancel FF (sometimes at the last minute), but employee outcry and common sense have always prevailed. In recent years, FF was sold to Tilton & Co. as a zero-cost public engagement program. Zero cost + free publicity. No better way to get Glen's attention.

This is an outstanding program for some well-deserving kids. 100% of your kudos should be directed to the donors and employee-volunteers who make FF possible. While the cabin/flight crew volunteers go above and beyond in making these kids feel special, there is a growing volunteer base company-wide. United Credit services to reservations join forces to create a truly memorable day for these children. Gate areas are elaborately staged with painted sets and balloons; at LAX, the TSA's (auditioned!) choir even joins the fun.

If you're interested in galvanizing support for this program, a brief note of support to Jeff Smisek would be much appreciated.

[Edited 2010-12-06 00:15:16]


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User currently offlinetsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6392 times:

Quoting rolypolyman (Reply 9):
Eh? The event is headlined "flight to the 'North Pole", right? The kids visit the North Pole at the specially decorated airport gate, right? Logically the kids will be expecting a return flight back to Boise. Did that not happen? The kids in the video look like they're totally into it, so I'm trying to learn how the whole theme played out.

Not sure how other stations structure their programs, but at LAX, the flight leaves from an undecorated T6 gate and arrives at a very convincing North Pole (aka gate 77). Window shades are lowered for takeoff and landing. FF-LAX flight time is about an hour (turned around at MRY). After a snack service over some snow-capped mountains, window shades are lowered for descent into reindeer territory. The whole end of T7 is cordoned off for the party; signs explaining the "private party for our special guests" are posted for curious travelers. To top things off, the kids are loaded onto company busses and taken over to the maintenance hangar (where Santa distributes donated presents). So much excitement translates to sensory overload for the average eight-year old. I don't think anyone (even the older kids) spends too much time trying to figure things out.

[Edited 2010-12-06 01:22:02]


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User currently offlineDC8FanJet From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5930 times:

Quoting VC10er (Reply 8):
What an amazing thing for UA to do. Gosh I wish they could do it in a few places now that they will almost have free run of the USA! like ORD or EWR.

ORD fantasy flight was this past Saturday.


User currently offlinechopchop767 From Italy, joined Aug 2010, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5317 times:

I think in this scenario, Glen Tilton plays the role of Mr Potter from "It's a Wonderful Life" for a lot of us here on a-net  

Really heart warming stuff. Thanks for sharing the great video, ridgid. It's that time of the season to remember people less fortunate than we are, and I am glad that the UA and the consiortium of volunteers and donors did just that. From the excitement of the kids in the video, that flight was worth as much to them as all of our Gold, Silver and Platinum statuses put together!



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User currently offlineSANMAN66 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 785 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5094 times:
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That is really cool to do that for the children! (They'll remember that experience for a long long time!) I wonder how
long the plane was airborne before they landed at the "North Pole" gate? Thumbs up for UA!   



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User currently offlineAerLingusA330 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4507 times:

Quoting SANMAN66 (Reply 14):
I wonder how
long the plane was airborne
Quoting tsully (Reply 11):
FF-LAX flight time is about an hour (turned around at MRY).



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User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4993 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4092 times:

Quoting rolypolyman (Reply 4):
I wonder how far the crew went to provide the illusion of a North Pole run. Did any of the kids recognize Boise when landing at the North Pole? Was there a "return" flight? Inquiring minds want to know.

Most of these children have never flown on a airplane, let alone know what Boise looks like from the air.

Quoting rolypolyman (Reply 9):
Eh? The event is headlined "flight to the 'North Pole", right? The kids visit the North Pole at the specially decorated airport gate, right? Logically the kids will be expecting a return flight back to Boise. Did that not happen? The kids in the video look like they're totally into it, so I'm trying to learn how the whole theme played out.

These are young children. They got a treat. No, why put them back on a plane and have them return? Children have incredible imaginations. I worked a North Pole flight when I worked for UA. I was not paid for the time I volunteered for this. It was the most incredible feeling of satisfaction for me. I was so touched by these children. They were so excited, and so happy. Some were facing their last days of life, and it was a pleasure to provide them that comfort they so much needed. I would volunteer another event like that any day. It was amazing.



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User currently offlineSANMAN66 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 785 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3965 times:
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Quoting rolypolyman (Reply 4):
Did any of the kids recognize Boise when landing at the North Pole?

It appeared in the news video that the "North Pole flight" happened at night, so that helped to disguise Boise from the air.They probably did like the other "North Pole" flights, upon landing, they asked everyone to pull down the shades for the big surprise.



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User currently offlinedevildog2222 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2979 times:

I had the privilege of covering the UA "Fantasy Flight" here at SFO airport for my local newspaper.

Here is the photos from Saturday: http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=39799&id=106626399389553


User currently offlineATLTPA From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2910 times:

Quoting YYZRWY23 (Reply 2):
Very nice idea. It goes to show that even in tough times, the industry does have a heart and I am proud of United for donating a crew and aircraft to this cause, as well as to the Boise airport and other contributors. Probably a huge thrill for those kids.

Well said! What a great thrill to read about this wonderful program.

UA, the fantasy flight sponsors, and the employees who participate in this effort are really doing a good thing here!

Who knows, some of these kids might grow up to be airline industry employees, good customers, or perhaps even UA stockholders?!

Incidentally, a friend of mine here in Atlanta remembers a similar experience on a "school special" flight like this on Delta. DL flew the kids to Nashville from ATL, where they had lunch, and then returned to Atlanta. Now that he has come up in the world and has a good job, guess which airline he is loyal to exclusively?!

ATLTPA


User currently offlineFlyboy1108 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2828 times:

G4 does something very similar at ABE every December.

http://www.lvia.org/info_booth/news_room/122109.html

I worked this flight three times...the plane ACTUALLY DOES FLY. It doesn't just taxi around the airport. They're in the air for about 20 minutes, then they come back and we park them down at the Air Products hangar, which is decked out like the "North Pole". I'll tell you seeing those kids is something...it's really a humbling experience. I think someone started a thread on the ABE North Pole flight a while back.

NCB
ABE

[Edited 2010-12-06 18:53:17]

[Edited 2010-12-06 18:57:20]


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