Air Transat flies 14th Children’s Wish Foundation Flight with Santa Claus

It has become a real tradition just before the holiday season. Air Transat and the Children’s Wish Foundation’s Flight with Santa Claus took place on Dec. 5.

Air Transat’s Flight with Santa gives children with a life-threatening illness a magical experience. Air Transat Photo

Hundreds of children were part of the festivities, with the hope of finding Santa somewhere in the sky between Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

This year, Air Transat donated $80,000 to Children’s Wish, the amount collected through its Small Change, Big Hearts program and other initiatives. Air Transat Photo


Upon their arrival, elves and animated characters welcomed children and their families at the Air Transat check-in counters at Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson and Vancouver airports.

Santa shares a quiet moment with a young passenger. Air Transat Photo

At the boarding gate, a number of activities awaited everyone before taking place in an Air Transat airplane. Shortly after take-off, the mission was accomplished: Santa himself appeared in the cabin, delighting everyone.


“At Air Transat, it warms our hearts to enable hundreds of children and their families to experience a unique and magical moment,” said Annick Guérard, chief operating officer, Transat. “Since 2004, this flight holds a very special place in our hearts and every year, we are amazed by the dedication of the Foundation, our employees, volunteers and collaborators that make this tradition such a wonderful event. They go all out to make this day an unforgettable one.”

“The annual Flight with Santa Claus is truly a magical day that brings incredible joy to children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness,” shared Chris Kotsopoulos, chief executive officer at the Children’s Wish Foundation. “It allows children and their families to create special holiday memories to cherish for years to come.”

During this unique event, Air Transat announced a donation of $80,000 to Children’s Wish, which represents the amounts collected over the past year as part of the air carrier’s Small Change, Big Hearts program and other initiatives, and is in addition to the over $6 million raised for Children’s Wish since the inception of the partnership between both organizations in 2004.

For more information, follow the #SantaFlight hashtag on social media.

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