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My favorite flight ever #5292357 12/12/19 11:31 AM
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I’ve been lucky to fly a variety of airplanes, in a variety of environments, but I’d like to share my favorite.

Fantasy Flight.

On the board yesterday in EWR, a once a year destination: North Pole!

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Fantasy Flight, a United holiday tradition, takes children from local hospitals and charities on a special flight to the North Pole to visit Santa.
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All of our employees supporting the flight, from operations, to inflight (flight attendants), ramp, customer service, dispatch, and many, many more, were volunteers.

My “sleigh” was a trusty 757, crewed by United’s finest, who kept the kids entertained with songs, carols, and games.
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We had some really serious ground delays taking place in EWR as a result of morning snow in New York, and I took the opportunity to read “T’was the Night Before Christmas” over the PA while we were waiting to taxi out.

But the thoughtful application of magic reindeer dust/de-icing fluid by our ground crew (radio call sign: “Iceman”) really helped speed us on our way to the North Pole. “Super-fast” is how I described it to our passengers.

A great bit of help from both Newark Tower and New York TRACON and we arrived at the North Pole (Gate C104) right on time to see Santa!

The children all got to meet the “Big Guy” and had a great party with music, food, and cookies. Presents were handed out and lots of Santa’s friends were there, too, along with lots of helpful elves.

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I got to meet Iron Man, Thor, Elsa and Olaf, and Captain Marvel, just to name a few.

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Meeting the kids was better. I had lots of visitors to the cockpit, and was too busy to take any pictures, but their parents/guardians/caretakers took plenty.

Best flight ever!

Humbled to be a small part, along with hundreds of other volunteers, of this great holiday tradition that showed an outpouring of real Christmas spirit.


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Re: My favorite flight ever [Re: Astro14] #5292393 12/12/19 12:07 PM
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That is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing it with us for the Holidays.


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Re: My favorite flight ever [Re: Astro14] #5292416 12/12/19 12:33 PM
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A great thing to do. Those kids will remember that for the rest of their lives.


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Re: My favorite flight ever [Re: Astro14] #5292419 12/12/19 12:34 PM
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That's great! Thanks for volunteering your time and skills to make other people's lives a little more special.


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Re: My favorite flight ever [Re: Astro14] #5292443 12/12/19 12:57 PM
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As a 22 year United 1K and 2 million miler, the Fantasy Flights are one of my favorite thing to brag about United and their great employees. I was at SFO last weekend and the gate next to me had a fantasy flight happening. It is so incredibly wonderful to see the look on those kids faces, and even more so, the parents. THANK YOU!


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Re: My favorite flight ever [Re: Astro14] #5292449 12/12/19 12:59 PM
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Sounds nice...never heard of this before.

Do the kids just board the plane and taxi to a different gate where it is setup as the North Pole?


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Re: My favorite flight ever [Re: Astro14] #5292458 12/12/19 01:05 PM
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That's awesome! Thank you for sharing and thank you even more for giving to the community. I'm sure those kids will never forget it.


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Re: My favorite flight ever [Re: Astro14] #5292463 12/12/19 01:10 PM
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Great aircraft for you "flight". Lots of good people at United. I'm sure they were thrilled. Thanks.

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Thank You to you the staff and the Airline for making their day.

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This great post is getting me all verklempt here...what a nice tradition.


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Re: My favorite flight ever [Re: Astro14] #5292537 12/12/19 02:24 PM
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Thank you for making their day!

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Great job Captain! Thanks to you and your crew for making a life long memory for all involved!

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How long was the flight? Was it just a big circle or what? Kind of a cool thing to do for kids.

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Fantastic!


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