Airline Takes Kids From the Hospital to the North Pole


On Saturday morning, 43 kids boarded an airplane in Atlanta and headed to the North Pole.

The kids, who are patients of  Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, arrived at the Delta Airlines terminal at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by a special police escort.

They then all got ticketed and checked-in for their journey.

on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA
on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA

They were then greeted by “elves” (Delta employees) and boarded their flight to the North Pole.

on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA

To simulate the “flight,” Delta pilots taxied the kids around the tarmac for about 45 minutes.

on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA
on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA
on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA
on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA

They arrived in style and were greeted by more elves.

on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA
on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA
on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA

Then they got to meet Santa!

on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA
on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA

The kids also got to dance, play games and make crafts. To top it all off, Delta made it snow.

on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA
on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA
on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA

It was a grand holiday adventure these kids surely won’t soon forget.

on board a Delta flight to the North Pole during the North Pole Fantasy flight at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Saturday December 5, 2015. ©2015 Chris Rank/ Rank Studios
Photos by Delta Airlines, courtesy of CHOA

“Our patients battling cancer and blood disorders spend a lot of time in the hospital over the holidays,” Dr. Doug Graham, Director of the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, told The Mighty in an email. “It’s so important that they still have opportunities to enjoy the magic of the holidays. Special experiences like this provide a positive distraction for them in the middle of treatment. We are so thankful that Delta goes above and beyond for our patients, transforming their employees into elves and terminals into winter wonderlands. We know it makes a difference.”


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