Carollers greet families as they deboard the jet.

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.

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 flight

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.

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 with his father Bernd looks on.

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.

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.

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.

Ready for the flight, a child runs down the jetway to the waiting Airbus A330 jet

The VIP Delta A330 sits at the gate

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.

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.

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.

Families on board enjoyed a small dinner, even in economy, during the flight

Laughter and fun was the theme of 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.

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.

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.

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

Children are excited to arrive to the North Pole

Each child received a secret Santa, aka Delta employee, who provided gifts for each child.

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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10 Comments

This is a great story! Thanks Delta for making the holiday brighter for these beautiful kids, these smiles are priceless!!!!!

Amazing story! Thank you for making the world a better place, Delta!

So they just took off and did a circuit around Seattle right?

The story mentioned that it was a 90-minute flight, so I’m guessing that it was a bit more than that. Unfortunately, they didn’t provided a FlightAware link or flight number.

It was a special flight to the North Pole guys. They can’t put those on FlightAware ;)!

David, AirlineReporter

Linda Peterson

Three years ago my family got to go on this when they did a different Downs Syndrone group. I am a retired Northwest flight attendant and my grand son Max has Downs. I can honestly say this was a night that will live in my heart forever. Delta makes everyone feel like a star and the employees who put this on are angels that walk this earth.

Gail Vecchiet

My Kate has a blast. Such an incredible event. Forever grateful to Delta for putting this on!

I am glad that Kate had a wonderful time. I think every kid has a love for airplanes and of course Santa. Putting them together and you have something pretty darn wonderful!

David, AirlineReporter

Sun Country airlines does this every year in MSP also. They do flights to the North Pole for Make a Wish families. They just did the 2014 one a week ago or so.

Hey Rob,

It is pretty great that quite a few different airlines do something similar. We were also invited on American’s SnowballExpress, which will come later this week.

David, AirlineReporter

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