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United Airlines Makes Annual Flight to North Pole

January 4, 2012

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United Airlines gave dozens of children a chance to catch a magical flight to the North Pole.
United Airlines once again captured the spirit of the holiday season with its 18th Annual “Fantasy Flight to the North Pole.”

Dozens of children gathered at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on December 10, 2011 to board the magical flight that would take them directly to Saint Nicholas and his bag full of presents.

The program, designed to help disadvantaged or seriously ill children, gives children the opportunity to board a United Airlines aircraft at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Once the passengers and crew are in place, the aircraft is towed to a separate gate area, where the North Pole atmosphere has been carefully recreated.

This year, the young passengers stepped off the plane to be greeted by professional dancers from the “Nutcracker” ballet. Musicians were on hand to provide the holiday sounds and festive decorations could be seen across several gate areas.

“Just the fact that someone would take the time and allow us on a plane like this is pretty amazing,” says Kimberly Damroun, whose son Barrett has muscular dystrophy. “We can’t wait to get to the North Pole and see Santa.”

Fortunately, Barrett and the other children had their flight pull up to the gate right on time, with Santa waiting by his sleigh, ready to take holiday wishes. For the parents however, the holiday wish had already been granted. They were being given a holiday break where someone else was in charge of the entertainment schedule.

“Oh, it’s so wonderful. It’s just a break that I didn’t have to prepare myself,” says Alicia Taylor, whose son also has muscular dystrophy. “It’s also something that I could never give him, so it’s a very special memory for both of us.” 
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