Flight of Dreams 2018

Flight of Dreams

It’s that time of year again when our Thomas Cook Children’s Charity invite some local children to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience, to go in search of Santa on a Thomas Cook Airlines plane.  This year we one again gave our customers a chance to nominate a child that they know who really deserves a treat this Christmas.

The magical flight took place on the 5th of December from Manchester Airport with Thomas Cook Airlines and the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity taking 220 deserving children and their families on a very special festive flight above the Manchester skies.… their mission? to find Father Christmas!



For many of the children taking part, it was their very first time on an airplane. The children and their families from charities including Cash for Kids and Reuben’s Retreat, as well as those nominated by Thomas Cook colleagues and customers, were greeted by Thomas Cook Airlines check-in staff in Christmas jumpers and hats.


Festive pilots on the hunt for Santa



There was a magical festive atmosphere at check-in, with carols, face painting and a little help from volunteers, the Airport choir and the Christmas Teddy Bear and Elves from Hamley’s.


The Hits Radio breakfast team, Gemma Atkinson, Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty also joined in the fun.

The Hits Radio breakfast team Gemma Atkinson and Dave Vitty.

As the airplane took off for the one hour flight, the pilot urged children to cheer as loud as possible to get the engine started, and cabin crew had children cheering and singing as they eagerly searched for Father Christmas out of the window. The excitement reached its peak when Father Christmas landed his sleigh on the roof of the aircraft and joined children on board for presents and photographs.


After our plane landed, the children were treated to more presents and a personal chat with Santa.



“It was a magical day for all involved. For many, this was their very first time on an aircraft and it is fantastic to be able to create memories that will stay with them for a long time. The generosity of staff and holidaymakers means that we are able to bring a lots of smiles to really deserving children and their families.”

Aoife McDonogh from the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity


“Cash for Kids is so happy to be involved again this year as part of our Mission Christmas campaign. It’s our mission to give a helping hand to disadvantaged and disabled children in Greater Manchester all year round and it’s fantastic to be able to give children who would never get to experience anything like this, the opportunity to have a magical time!”

Michelle Williamson, Charity Manager at Hits Radio Cash for Kids


The Thomas Cook  Children’s charity has raised over £900,000 to support nominated charities in regions throughout the UK in 2018.



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