PLATTSBURGH — Travelers flying to or from Plattsburgh International Airport may find themselves on an Allegiant aircraft specially painted to reflect the airline’s commitment to Make-A-Wish.
In May 2012, Allegiant teamed up with the organization that grants the wishes of children who have life-threatening medical conditions.
Since then, it has donated airfare for more than 70 families traveling to wish destinations and more than $110,000 in cash sponsorships for Make-A-Wish events across the United States.
Allegiant offers service from more than 100 locations to popular family vacation destinations, including Orlando, Southern California and Hawaii, a good match with Make-A-Wish travel needs, a press release said.
“Airline travel is a critical wish resource needed for nearly 75 percent of wishes,” David A. Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America, said in the release.
“Allegiant’s support for travel-related wishes helps wish kids get to the destinations of their one true wish, where life-changing experiences await.”
The plane with the special Make-A-Wish-branded livery will be based in Orlando, Allegiant spokesperson Lindsay Hernquist.
The airline offers direct flights between that city and Plattsburgh, so it is likely it will show up here, she said.
The newly acquired Airbus 320 isn’t reserved just for Make-A-Wish trips, she said; it merely advertises the connection between Allegiant and the organization.
“Allegiant is honored to provide air travel for the inspiring families of Make-A-Wish,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Co. president and chief operations officer, said in the release.
“Our new plane showcases our pride in working with such an influential foundation and playing a role in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses. Allegiant team members are passionate about making vacation possible for the more than 100 communities that we serve.”
Along with the plane’s new look, Allegiant has launched a social-media campaign that will raise money for Make-A-Wish.
For every “share” of the time-lapse video of the plane being painted that’s posted on the firm’s Facebook page, Allegiant will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $10,000. Check it out at http://gofly.us/rBXwF.
Also, Allegiant is hosting holiday donation events for local Make-A-Wish chapters at participating airports throughout their system this month.
For each toy or gift card that is donated, the contributor will receive one entry in a local raffle to win two round-trip vouchers on Allegiant. Learn more at http://gofly.us/rBYve.
Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org.
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