United Airlines Increases Number of ‘Fantasy Flights’ to North Pole for Children Facing Illness for 2017

By Anna Breuer on 2 December 2017
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Aircraft in Chicago ready to depart for the North Pole.

Aircraft in Chicago ready to depart for the North Pole.

United Airlines will offer its Fantasy Flights to the North Pole from 13 cities this year.

The flights transport children affected by illness or poverty to a winter wonderland constructed by airline employees.

The flights, which will host some 5,000 children, operate in 13 markets including Austin, Chicago, Cleveland, Guam, Honolulu, London, Newark, and San Francisco. Last year, the airline operated Fantasy Flights in 11 markets.

The young passengers are welcomed on board a United aircraft for the one-hour flight to the North Pole, which sometimes involves taxiing to another gate and at other times includes a brief period aloft. Upon arrival, the children find themselves in a fantasy North Pole setting.

To accomplish this, every year United employees decorate hangars and gates, bake holiday cookies, dress up in holiday costumes, and raise money.

The presence of the VIP passengers on board ensures that the North Pole flights never encounter departure delays and always arrive on time.

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