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American Airlines' Snowball Express event is an annual airlift of Gold Star families (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

Inside American Airlines’ Gold Star Family Airlift to Disney World

Since 2006, American Airlines has partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation to bring families that have lost members in combat together  Originally, the company operated charter flights to its Dallas/Fort Worth base where children were transported to the "North Pole," also known as hangar specially decorated for the holidays. Just a few years ago, though, American amended the flight plans and changed the destination for these flights. Instead of the North Pole, the airline began flying families to Orlando for…

Destination Orlando: Snowball Express Enters 13th Year with Trip to…

American Airlines conducted a nationwide airlift on Saturday as it flew 12 aircraft from every corner of the country on a special mission, bringing Gold Star Families to Walt Disney World in Orlando. As part of the airline’s yearly Snowball Express flights in partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation, American…

Flying in the Cheer: The 12th Year of American Airlines’…

The scene at gate C2 on Saturday was one out of a movie. Hundreds of volunteers, veterans, soldiers, American Airlines employees, and media crowded around the end of the jet bridge, anxiously awaiting the arrival of an Airbus A321. The plane pulls up, the door is opened, and over 150…