n92r03 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 344 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4487 times:
I was reading about CO 9900 and United's North pole flight at Boise and got to wondering how many of these take place each year. Do most airlines do this? If so at what airports? Which flights actually leave the ground? Is a gate area (in a somewhat isolated part of a terminal) decorated? Basically what are the logistics to it all?
Are there any other "flights for a good cause" that are taking place? I thought I read about an AA flight to DFW that is actually a long weekend for surviving family members of troops that have given their lives.
Wasn't there a flight to SNA a few years ago (I think with children suffering from cancer) maybe by AS where they actually flew over Disneyland on the way?
Props to EVERYONE involved in these flights/trips.
PS, this is intended to highlight the positives. No need to criticize if the kids "will recognize XYZ form the air" or debate if it is a good idea or not to "trick" the kids with Santa, etc. Thanks-
cokepopper From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1184 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4473 times:
Great Video of this years Delts's "flight" to the North Pole from JFK
December 1, 2010. Delta employees host holiday flight to the north pole for Garden of Dreams Foundation. 100 Children from Garden of Dreams Charities are transported to airplane hangar that is transformed into a holiday winter wonderland with Knicks, Rangers and Santa...
hatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4057 times:
This year Alaska Airlines is flying a flight from ANC-ADK (yes Adak) for employees and their kids to visit Santa. This is pretty different than years past where you just drive around the airport and pretend that you've made it to the north pole. That's a 3 hour flight. Should be fun to see how it turns out.
Midex461 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3847 times:
At US, we do a "North Pole" flight at LGA for Steven & Alexandra Cohen's Medical Center. Pretty much like what NW did at DTW - kids are boarded on a plane (window shades down), plane taxis around the airport and arrives at the North Pole.
Opinions and views expressed are MINE and do NOT represent the views of US Airways
Numero4 From Canada, joined Feb 2010, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3624 times:
Quoting hatbutton (Reply 4): This year Alaska Airlines is flying a flight from ANC-ADK (yes Adak) for employees and their kids to visit Santa. This is pretty different than years past where you just drive around the airport and pretend that you've made it to the north pole. That's a 3 hour flight. Should be fun to see how it turns out.
Absolutely fantastic they should do that for children's welfare. Even if it's only a day in their lives, they shall remember it everafter. Everyone involved in these flights deserve respect.
Eagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1836 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3485 times:
Many years ago (1999 or 2000) I operated an EI flight from DUB-RVN to in Lapland. approx 4.5 hours each way on a B734. On the ground for about 6 hours. Great experience. Cockpit visits for 100 kids took about 2 hours!
In recent years there have been a few flights in early December which took off from DUB. headed North for an hour or two and then returned.
HELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 941 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3362 times:
Quoting VV701 (Reply 5): Here in the UK visiting 'Santaland' - known as Northern Finland at other times of the year - is quite big business.
The Santa business has grown big in Finnish Lapland, hundreds of charters coming every year plus the scheduled service. The recession has cut the flights from UK though, which has been the main market.
Amongst the '. . . Other Flights For Kids' the most notable that I am aware of is the annual BA 'DREAMFLIGHT' when around 200 severely disabled and terminally ill kids together with doctors, nurses and other 'minders' are flown each October from LHR in a BA 747 to spend a week in the Orlando theme parks.
Here is a small selection of photos of some of the 'DREAMFLIGHT' aircraft.
The 2011 BA 'DREAMFLIGHT' will be the 25th so I think we might see something a little bit special in terms of the livery or the titling on the aircraft that is used.
Although founded and run by BA cabin staff the 'DREAMFLIGHT' is a truly international event. BA flies disabled kids into LHR from elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East to catch the 'DREAMFLIGHT' itself and the cooperation and help the 'DREAMFLIGHT' organisers receive in Orlando from the likes of the Police and Fire Departments and many local residents as well as the theme park operators is superb.