Sick children get to meet Santa in mid-air thanks to Air Transat and the Children's Wish Foundation



    Air Transat gives the foundation $892,000

    MONTREAL, Dec. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - This afternoon, hundreds of children had
the pleasure of meeting Santa Claus at an altitude of 6,000 metres during a
special flight organized by Air Transat and the Children's Wish Foundation of
Canada. Three exclusive flights, departing from Montreal, Toronto and
Vancouver, gave the childen the experience of a lifetime.
    The children and their families boarded three Air Transat Airbus to head
for the North Pole in search of Santa. During the 90-minute flight, the jolly
old elf appeared on board the aircraft and distributed presents.
    Allen B. Graham, Air Transat's President and Chief Executive Officer,
took the opportunity to give $892,000 to the Children's Wish Foundation of
Canada. The sum was raised in part by the airline's Change for Kids program,
which collects foreign or Canadian currency from passengers. Air Transat has
been associated with the Foundation since 2004 and has donated $2.3 million to
date.
    "We are grateful for the support of Air Transat, a platinum partner for
three years," said Michael Wright, President of the National Board of the
Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. "The airline's support helps us fulfill
our mission of making the dreams of children suffering from illnesses come
true. The Flight in Search of Santa is greatly enjoyed by the children and
their families. Air Transat generously provides us with its equipment and the
resources we need to create an unforgettable event. We salute this initiative
and the enthusiasm of the entire Air Transat team."
    Mr. Graham added: "We are proud to have been a frontline partner of the
Children's Wish Foundation of Canada for the past three years. Our employees
have embraced this cause, which is in line with their own values and Air
Transat's. Much time and effort has gone into making the dreams of these
children come true. Our customers' contributions play a very important part
and we thank them for their extraordinary generosity."
    The Flight in Search of Santa was made possible by the generous
contribution of several partners and Air Transat employees, who participated
on a completely volunteer basis.

    About The Children's Wish Foundation

    The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is a national, grassroots
organization dedicated to providing a once in a lifetime experience for
children diagnosed with high-risk, life threatening illnesses. The Foundation
is the only all-Canadian organization with offices from coast to coast
granting wishes for these special children. The standard of personal care and
attention given to each wish sets the Foundation apart from any other
organization. The Children's Wish Foundation takes pride in the fact that it
has never refused an eligible child.

    About Air Transat

    Air Transat is Canada's leading holiday travel airline. It carries some
2.5 million passengers annually to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries. Air
Transat has a fleet of 16 Airbus A330s and A310s. The company employs
approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a subsidiary of Transat A.T. Inc.,
an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination
countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries.

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For further information:

For further information: Cristine Tessier, Optimum relations publiques,
(514) 985-8204, cristine.tessier@cossette.com; Anne Dongois, Children's Wish
Foundation of Canada, (514) 826-2050, anne.dongois@videotron.ca


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