The Children who flew Virgin Atlantic flight VS011 from Heathrow to Boston this past weekend, had a flight they never will forget. Upon boarding the plane, each passenger received a Windows powered tablet. The kids on board used their slates to track Santa's annual journey via the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Track Santa service.
As the plane passed by the coast of Greenland, projections on the ceiling of the cabin made it appear as though Santa had landed on the top of the plane. Saint Nick then walked through the aisles of the plane, talking with the kids and taking selfies with the passengers.
The kids then watched as Santa prepared to take off so that he could resume his journey. Santa's appearance was the result of a partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Microsoft. Both companies worked together to offer something that the children on board will talk about forever. You can watch all of the magic by clicking on the video below. And if you find yourself shedding a tear or two, it's perfectly okay. It just means that you're human.
"We wanted to offer something extra special for the families flying with us this Christmas and who better to spread the Christmas cheer than Santa himself? We decided to partner with Microsoft as it was the only provider that could offer the breadth of cool technology that Virgin Atlantic passengers expect from us."-Debbie Hulme, Head of Customer Experience, Virgin Atlantic
"Through this experience we are looking to explore how the aircraft can be brought to life in different ways via the use of digital technologies to amplify the amazing service that is offered to customers today and how passengers engage after the flight. We were able to give passengers a glimpse of what is possible from more immersive flight experiences."-Fred Warren, Creative Director, Microsoft Connected Digital Services