More than 75% of the wishes granted each year in Oregon and Southwest Washington require travel. That’s almost 700 airplane tickets for wish children, their siblings, parents and caregivers each year. Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air has supported local wish-granting efforts for more than 20 years, providing joy to Northwest children when traveling on their destination wishes.
When Make-A-Wish children travel on Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, they always receive special treatment from the airline’s wonderful staff. Whether it’s checking in at the first-class line, visiting the cockpit to meet the pilot, or being introduced as a VIP in front of all the passengers, Alaska Airlines employees add magic to a wish!
Nationally, Make-A-Wish partners with many major airlines that allow people to donate their unused frequent flier miles to help make wishes come true. Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air has chosen Make-A-Wish Oregon as one of the beneficiaries of their Charity Miles program, in which 100% of donated Mileage Plan miles will support local children’s destination travel wishes.
In addition to supporting the chapter’s wish granting efforts, Alaska Airlines unveiled two special airplanes to highlight its partnership with Make-A-Wish. In 2006, Alaska Airlines introduced the “Spirit of Make-A-Wish” aircraft to celebrate the long-term partnership between the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Alaska Airlines and Disneyland® Resort to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. The special livery features the image of the wish-granting Genie from Disney’s “Aladdin” and the Make-A-Wish logo. In December 2009, the “Spirit of Disneyland II” was unveiled at PDX during a special celebration, where special Disney friends Mickey and Pluto surprised three local families before boarding the new aircraft for their wishes to Disneyland® Resort.