Air Transat Annual Flight With Santa Claus
December 5th marked the 15th annual "Flight with Santa Claus" initiative by Air Transat and the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. Hundreds of children coping with a life-threatening illness and their families boarded flights out of YUL, YYZ and YVR to meet Santa and his elves in the sky.
"After 15 years, the 'Flight with Santa Claus' has become a genuine tradition at Transat," explains Jean-Francois Lemay, President, Air Transat. "Every year, our employees are totally committed to this exceptional moment, so that each and every sick child can enjoy some happy time with their loved ones. We want to all our volunteers and partners, including Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver International and Paris-Charles de Galle airports, which make it possible to hold this event."
Shortly after takeoff, jolly old Santa Claus made a surprise appearance onboard the flight, bringing the biggest of smiles and cheers from all the children and their families.
At this year's flight, Air Transat presented Children's Wish Foundation with a $100,000 donation. The funds were collected throughout the year as part of the Small Change, Big Hearts program and other fundraising initiatives.
"The annual 'Flight with Santa Claus' is truly a magical day that brings joy to children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness," shares Chris Kotsopoulos, Co-CEO at Make-A-Wish Canada.
For more information, follow the hashtag #SantaFlight on social media.