Airblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1828 posts, RR: 10 Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6379 times:
19 December 2001
easyJet lays on surprise Santa flight for local school
easyJet put on a special surprise Christmas flight for 40 children from a local Luton school yesterday.
Aged between five and nine, and accompanied by eight teachers, the children believed they were invited to London Luton for an educational tour to see how an airport works, and also to watch a TV programme being made.
None of the children had ever been on an aircraft before and thought they were being taken onboard simply to see what it looked like inside. But once onboard they were asked if they would like to take off!
The flight flew over the London area to Dover, then south west over Southampton, before landing back at London Luton Airport.
There was then an additional surprise for the children as, once the aircraft has reached a height of 15,000 feet, Santa appeared with gifts for all the children.
Santa's helpers (a group of ten staff from different departments at easyJet), also helped to make the day special. Dressed as pantomime characters, they showed the children around, did face painting, and served drinks and snacks.
Chief Executive Ray Webster said,
"At this time of year, it's always rewarding to be able to offer something different to the people of Luton. None of these children have flown before and we're delighted to be able to offer them this great opportunity."
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7735 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6230 times:
On a similar theme:
Children Take Off From Manchester Airport Looking For Santa
One hundred and eighty five children are preparing to set off from Manchester Airport in search of Santa and his reindeer tomorrow - Tuesday 18th December 2001.
It is the 15th year in succession that ChildFlight - Manchester Airport's charity - with the help of Air 2000 have arranged the one hour pleasure flight. During their flight over the northern skies, the children will be entertained by the cabin crew as they have fun looking for Santa.
The special chartered flight will depart from Terminal 2 at 11.00am on Tuesday 18th December, returning to Manchester at 12.00pm. The children will check in for the flight from 9.00am at decorated check in desks.
Cartoon characters including a clown and a magician will greet and entertain the children before the flight departs. During the flight, the children will receive a backpack and bumper fun pack, donated by Air 2000.
On their return, each child will visit Santa's Grotto in the Atlantic Suite to receive a Christmas present provided by ChildFlight, together with a selection box from the airport branches of WH Smith and a teddy bear given by The Birchwood Shopping Centre.
Stephen Sefton from ChildFlight said "ChildFlight specialises in providing flights for sick and disadvantaged children of all ages. I am delighted that we have been able to make the celebration of Christmas possible for these children and would like to thank all those who have both helped to raise money or are helping on the day because without those people, this special day would not be possible."
Mah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34363 posts, RR: 70
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6173 times:
UA does a similar thing every year in Miami. They put kids on a 777-200 to the "North Pole", it flies over Key West and turns around, and, when the plane arrives after a short flight (like 35mins), UA's Concourse F is turned into the North Pole. Always a nice thing for kids.