Secret Santa Pilot is our mystery benefactor who has made large, anonymous donations to Toys for Tots on behalf of our company for (at least) the past four years.

“When I first saw Secret Santa Pilot dropping off a large quantity of presents a few years ago, I stopped him to ask how I could send him a thank-you note. He just responded ‘no, that’s okay’ and walked away, hand-in-hand with his wife,” said Sharon Robinson from our Rewards and Recognition team.

All we know about Secret Santa Pilot is that he is a pilot based in Atlanta, he’s generous, and he’s a family man. When he dropped off his annual presents this year, he brought about six people with him, including several children. He has always been spotted with his “Mrs. Claus” when making his annual donations. She accompanies him as they quietly make wishes come true for dozens of needy children each year. This year, they donated nearly 70 new toys to support the Toys for Tots charity.

Already this year, ExpressJet people have filled twelve Toys for Tots boxes and collected several hundred dollars in cash donations that we will use to purchase more toys. By the time our drive ends tomorrow, we estimate that we’ll have collected more than 500 gifts to help make this holiday season special for deserving children.

Although Secret Santa Pilot wishes to remain anonymous, we want to thank him for his kindness during the holiday season. His actions remind us that it doesn’t take much to change the lives of those around you. So, Secret Santa Pilot, we hope that you read this and know how proud we are that you represent our airline.

It was an exciting trip for the students of Hendrix Drive Elementary School in Forest Park, Ga. as we boarded up Santa’s Special Sleigh for the “North Pole” today. The sleigh, one of our very own CRJ200 aircraft, departed Atlanta with the school’s star readers for Jekyll Island, Ga, where the students visited the Georgia Sea Turtle Rescue Center and then enjoyed lunch with Santa himself.

For many of the young fliers, it was their first trip on an airplane, and it was definitely one to remember. Our crew members, Captain David Benassi and First Officer Afton Benassi (yes, they are married!) and Flight Attendant Danni Downing made the flight extra special by decking out the airplane with holiday gear and leading the students in carols. Our team on the ground at the Brunswick Golden Isles airport kept the fun going by making sure Santa’s sleigh was safely taxied  to its parking spot and then accompanying the kids to the Sea Turtle Center.

All in all, it was a fun day for the kids and adults, and was an experience we are proud to be able to bring to these students for their academic accomplishments!

Every family has their own set of traditions for the holidays, and one program that has become a tradition at our airline is serving meals to our people working on Thanksgiving Day. Our people are dedicated to delivering safe and reliable service 365 days a year, and the meals are just a small way of saying thanks for their hard work. We’ll be serving up meals to our team members in crew rooms, maintenance hangars and break rooms across our system. From our family to yours, have a safe holiday season.

ExpressJet sends its sincere thanks and appreciation today to all of our country’s veterans and our team members who serve or have served our country in the armed forces. We have countless veterans throughout our company, and we’re honored for the determination, dedication and pride that they bring to their roles here. To all military veterans, family members, loved ones and friends, thank you for your service to our country.

Earlier this fall, our first Delta Connection aircraft to feature Wi-Fi internet access took to the skies. The service, provided by GoGo, allows our passengers access to their favorite sites, instant messaging applications and email any time the aircraft is above 10,000 feet. The plan is to install the service in our entire fleet of Delta Connection aircraft equipped with first class cabins by early next year. So, if you’re flying with us on one of our CRJ700 or CRJ900 aircraft, look for the “Wi-Fi Onboard” stickers in the cabin or ask a flight attendant if the service is available. Be sure to say hi to us on our Facebook page while you’re in the air, as well!

Delta plans to have every aircraft with a first class cabin in their network equipped with Wi-Fi internet service by early next year.

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