Carolers greet families as they deboard the jet at the “North Pole”
Earlier this week, Delta Air Lines offered a very special charter flight to the North Pole with VIP guests. Children and families of the Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound boarded a specially decorated Airbus A330 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before being whisked away on a quick trip to a winter wonderland.
The pilots for Delta flight 1225, service from Seattle to the North Pole, check emails before the flight.
Upon arrival, the guests were treated to different games, entertainment, Blitz from the Seattle Seahawks, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and of course Santa, who took some time out of his busy schedule to interact.
We had photographer Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren there to cover the event and afterwards he said, “I have to say that it was one of the heartwarming three hours I’ve had in awhile.” He was excited to share the experience via some photos.
At the gate inside SEA, this is our special flight to the North Pole
En route to meet her North Pole flight with Delta, a child passes through security at SeaTac International Airport on December 9, 2014. Delta teamed up with Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound to send 80 kids and their families on a trip to see Santa
One-year old Sebastian, from West Seattle, enjoys a moment with a crew member while his father Bernd looks on
Seattle Seahawks mascot Blitz escorts two children to gate A13 in SeaTac Airport for their Delta flight to the North Pole
The first child to board turns in her ticket to the gate agent to board the jet
Ready for the flight, a child runs down the jetway to the waiting Airbus A330 jet
The VIP Delta A330 sits at the gate
Passengers for the flight look for their seat assignments to settle in for the 90-minute flight
The pilots guide the giant Airbus A330 aircraft to the North Pole hangar after a successful flight
Families on board enjoyed a small dinner, even in economy, during the flight
Laughter and fun was the theme of the flight
Despite a windows-shut order to protect the secrecy of the route to the North Pole, a boy attempts to steal a look
Flight attendant Denise Foreman, who flew in from Kona, Hawaii to work flight 1225, monitors the situation outside as the jet pulls up
The flight complete, families deboard the jet into a Delta hangar / North Pole for an evening of games, gifts, and surprises
Children are excited to arrive to the North Pole
Each child received a secret Santa, aka Delta employee, who provided gifts for them
The photos were taken by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren for AirlineReporter
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