United Airlines flight to the North Pole

(PNC file photo)

The annual fantasy flight hosted by United Airlines benefitted “Rainbows for all Children,” which is a non-profit researched-based support group for children, adolescents, and adults going through life-altering crises or experiencing loss.

The fantasy flight has been ongoing for 32 years. According to United Airlines, the Guam hub is one of the nine stations in the U.S. to offer the exclusive fantasy flight in 2022. Employees volunteer, work, organize the event, raise money for gifts and donations, and create a memorable holiday experience for the beneficiary.

The event started at 3 pm with children waiting excitedly in line to get a boarding pass to head to the North Pole.

Then we headed off into the airplane, flight UA2764, a United Boeing 737-800 aircraft where it took approximately 40 minutes to get to the North Pole.

Once we arrived the kids were escorted to their seats by the United Team and were then given their McDonald’s happy meals.

While the kids were eating, performances by Isabella Santiago, SKIP Entertainment, and the Super American Circus, and some familiar faces kept them entertained.

PNC made a new friend named Brandon, who shared his experience at the North Pole and also wanted to give a special shoutout to his mom, “Yes, I’m having fun,” he continued, “I just wanted to let my mom know I said hi.”

According to Steve Ruder, President of Ruder Integrated Marketing Systems, each child wrote a letter to Santa, which means all the children got what they wanted for Christmas.

PNC also sat down with Sam Shinohara, United Airlines Managing Director, who gave details about how the Fantasy Flight makes not only the children’s day but their Christmas, “For many of the children, they’ve never been on an airplane right? So this is a great amazing experience, something only United Airlines can do–give them a trip to the North Pole, and it really warms everyone’s heart.”

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.