Working with the San Jorge Children's Foundation, a Children's Miracle Network partner - and, of course, Santa – the employee elves "flew" 30 kids from the Foundation, along with children from Delta families affected by recent hurricanes, to the "North Pole" on a short simulated flight. Ms. Puerto Rico Danna Hernandez read a holiday story and kids met boxer Felix Juan "Tito" Trinidad and social media celebrity Alex Diaz before the plane "landed" in the North Pole – where Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted them. There were games and even a tour of the cockpit, bringing joy to local children and families.
"Our team is proud to bring a Delta tradition to San Juan," said Michael Luciano, Delta's Station Manager - San Juan. "We embrace the opportunity to bring joy to so many children. We enhanced the North Pole celebration highlighting our music, culture and working with great partners like the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Aerostar and celebrities who made this day extra special."
Delta worked with the Tourism Company in making the celebration truly joyful, with a strong cultural flair. Three music ensembles performed, representative of the Christmas celebrations in Puerto Rico.
"This holiday season is a truly special one for all of us, as we celebrate that Puerto Rico is back on its feet and ready to receive travelers," said Jose Izquierdo, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. "Delta's commitment with Puerto Rico has been key throughout and hosting Delta's North Pole Flight in San Juan, one of its most exciting events of the year, is testament to the airline's continued confidence in the island. We are grateful for Delta's unwavering support and for joining us in celebrating the true spirit of the holidays."
Children from the San Jorge Children Foundation enjoyed time with local celebrities and a special treat created by the San Juan Airport Customer Service team, a living nativity.
This holiday season, Delta employees adopted 175 families of their colleagues who were affected by the hurricanes. The Dec. 16 flight was loaded with gifts and supplies for those families in Puerto Rico from their Delta family, along with a video of holiday well wishes.
"We wanted to thank our team in San Juan, as well as bring Christmas cheer to children and their families through our partnership with San Jorge Children's Foundation," said Gareth Joyce, Senior Vice President - Airport Customer Service and President - Delta Cargo. "It was a memorable experience for all."