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American Airlines Creates The Best Flight Ever

18 April, 2023

American Airlines operated a special flight earlier this month, marking a joyous occasion for several children suffering from critical illnesses. The carrier teamed up with Make-A-Wish, The Points Guy, and Walt Disney Company for an occasion that also included a red carpet and colorful balloons.

Best Flight Ever

On April 12th, American Airlines operated what it calls the Best Flight Ever. The special flight from New York (JFK) to Orlando, Florida (MCO) carried 26 critically ill children and was organized in collaboration with Make-A-Wish, The Points Guy, and The Walt Disney Company.

The special passengers on the plane were granted their wish to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. Caroline Clayton, American’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing, commented,

“At American, we know firsthand how the magic of travel can inspire hope, promote relaxation and create lifelong happy memories — and that’s our wish for these special kids and their families. As the longest-standing airline partner of Make-A-Wish, we are especially proud to celebrate World Wish Day this year with a donation that ensures more families can have their own best flights for years to come.”

Chartered flight

American chartered an aircraft, for the once-in-a-lifetime vacation for the kids and their families. It was staffed by an all-volunteer crew, and the airline planned a special gate celebration and inflight experience.

A crowd of volunteers and supporters cheered for the families as they walked the red carpet to a pre-flight party upon arrival at the airport, complete with face painting, music, treats, and fun.

Onboard, families enjoyed live entertainment from actor and recording artist Michael James Scott, who currently stars as Genie in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. The flight was emceed by Brian Kelly of The Points Guy and featured interactive games, a special inflight menu, and other surprises. The plane received a water cannon salute on both legs of the trip and a VIP welcome at MCO. Kelly commented,

“I’m so grateful to Make-A-Wish, American Airlines and all of our partners and volunteers for helping bring this magical experience to life. Travel has the power to change lives, and having the opportunity to share this joy with so many deserving children and families was one of the most memorable experiences of my lifetime.”

Honoring World Wish Day

Leslie Motter, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America, said that the Best Flight Ever was part of the celebration of hope and community a American Airlines has said it will direct all AAdvantage® miles donated to Miles for Global Health and Well-Being to Make-A-Wish up to 50 million miles by the end of this month. It is also encouraging customers and team members to donate miles, if possible, for this noble cause.s they looked forward to World Wish Day on April 29th.

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