Fantasy Flight 2016 a GREAT SUCCESS.
December 2, 2016 United Airlines Fantasy Flight Volunteers took 120 deserving kindergartners and first graders, “Who Still Believe” on a flight on a United Airlines 737 to the ‘North Pole” out of Sky Harbor Airport. After an approximate thirty-minute flight, the plane landed safely at the ‘North Pole’, Terminal 2. The kids were met as they deplaned with Princesses Ana and Elsa and their friend Olaf from Frozen. They were then greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus before running through a candy cane gateway and a flurry of snow into the winter wonderland.
At the ‘North Pole’ each child was paired with an Arizona State University Student Athlete to go through a variety of stations, including face paint, balloon animals, a photo booth, games, cookie decorating and photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their friendly Elf. The children also received much needed necessities, which include tooth brushes, shampoo, school supplies, underwear, socks, shoes, and T-Shirts. The kids also could spend time with the Phoenix Police and Fire Department, who also volunteer their time providing a fire truck, helicopter, aviation command truck, K-9 unit and bomb unit for kids to experience out on the tarmac.
This was the 21st year of operation for the Phoenix United Fantasy Flight. This event could not happen if it wasn’t for all the volunteers, sponsors and money collected through different charity events during the year. Everyone involved with the United Fantasy Flight volunteers their time. This includes current and retired United Airlines employees. All monies collected through the United Fantasy Flight Phoenix is spent on the kids either during the marque event, “The Flight to the North Pole” or supporting the selected schools and shelter with needs such as technology, Junior Achievement or afterschool programs.
Each year the Executive Committee selects a couple Title One Schools in the Valley that have specific needs and deserving kids. This years schools selected were Step-Up and Mesa Arts Academy. For the past two years, the Committee has also included residents from the La Mesita Shelter out of Mesa.
- Our next Fantasy Flight is departing on December 1, 2017.This web site is for the Fantasy Flight held in Phoenix Arizona. If you have questions about events in other cities please contact that city directly, thank you.
Welcome to the home of the Phoenix United Fantasy Flight! The impact that our Fantasy Flight has on the participating children, volunteers and sponsors is overwhelming and can only be appreciated by those who participate in our event every year. Our Fantasy Flight is totally self supporting and is flown by professional United Airlines flight crews and flight attendants using an overnight aircraft. We are well organized, an official public charity and have operated successfully for seventeen years. We provide United Airlines with a positive image of community concern and involvement and we believe the Fantasy Flight concept should be endorsed and expanded to other cities.
We welcome your support and invite you to join us for our next flight at 7:00 AM, Friday, December 1, 2017.A Fantasy Flight is a charitable event that usually takes place around Christmas in several United Airlines cities. Each station chooses a deserving group of children to host at the event. The children board a designated flight and depart to the “North Pole”. They return to a different gate decorated for Christmas where they meet Santa, receive gifts and refreshments. The gift bags include toys as well as blankets, gloves, hats, toothbrushes etc.The first Fantasy Flight occurred in London, England in December 1991, when United Airlines donated a 727 to fly one hundred children from an orphanage to Lapland, Rovaneimi Finland for reindeer sleigh rides and a visit to “Father Christmas Village”. The success of the “Fantasy Flight” concept gradually expanded to over forty six cities, providing needy children with an experience of a lifetime.
Phoenix operated its first flight in 1996.