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"North Pole" And Other Flights For Kids  
User currently offlinen92r03 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-

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User currently offlinecokepopper 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...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEkuG18Bwng


User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3105 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4186 times:

Quoting n92r03 (Thread starter):
Do most airlines do this? If so at what airports?

Northwest used to have kids board a DC-9 and taxi to another part of DTW for their destination. Whether Delta is continuing this practice at DTW can only be answered by current Delta employees.


User currently offlinenoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4113 times:

Remember going on one of these 13 years ago from BHX on BA. The ride on the 737-200 was well worth it  

We had the captain talking to us from the gate all the way until airborne, talking us through all the things they were doing, and we had a Thunderbirds style countdown before he throttled up  

IIRC the flight went south from BHX to Cardiff, flew the length of Wales to Liverpool, then came back around for landing, and lasted around 30-40 mins.

Was good fun!


User currently offlinehatbutton 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.

User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7535 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4021 times:

Here in the UK visiting 'Santaland' - known as Northern Finland at other times of the year - is quite big business.

For example here you will find a wide choice of flights, charters and schedules, including many by Finnair:

http://www.santadays.co.uk/?src=goog...e&gclid=CO257aWe7KUCFcse4QodMlz2nQ


User currently offlineMidex461 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.


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User currently offlineCOSPN From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3798 times:

the Standard is to get the kids on the plane then Taxi or Tow to another gate that has been "transformed" into the north pole with Santa and all...Great fun !!!

User currently offlineredtailsforever From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3776 times:

Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Didn't Eastern also run some special north pole flights at MSP in the 80's

User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3643 times:

Quoting cokepopper (Reply 1):

Pretty cool video! Thanks for sharing Coke..



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User currently offlineNumero4 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.



CYQB
User currently offlineOOSLC From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3598 times:

Here at OO we do one out of COS

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SKW1225

http://skywest.com/media/Press%20Rel...light%202010%20press%20release.pdf


User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3544 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.

One such trip report here although we didn't do the day trip thing as it's a bit of a rip-off. We did things for a week;

Thomsonfly (TOM3837); Manchester - Kitilla, Finland (Lapland): Boeing 737-8K5, 14th December 2008
Thomsonfly (TOM3838); Kitilla, Finland (Lapland) - Manchester: Boeing 737-8K5, 21st December 2008

It's a magical part of the world.

Darren



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User currently offlineEagleboy 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:
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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.


User currently offlineHELyes 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.

[Edited 2010-12-15 11:12:09]

User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7535 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

Quoting n92r03 (Thread starter):
"North Pole" And Other Flights For Kids

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.

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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.


User currently offlineHPAEAA From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1024 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3216 times:

Personally saw the UA gates at SFO decorated for one of these flights... had a 747-400 at the gate, don't know what they did, but looked like good fun!


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