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Frankfurt’s first Fantasy Flight

By Rachel Landgraf, December 20, 2019

Michaela Selinger-Roudabush, United's Frankfurt am Main Airport general manager, remembers the moment she learned that Frankfurt was going to host its first Fantasy Flight.

"It all started when London had their Fantasy Flight last year," recalled Michaela. "I went to it and loved it. So then I applied to have it in Frankfurt because there had never been a Fantasy Flight in Germany before."

On Saturday, December 7, that changed when more than 70 children from Die Arche, an organization that supports socially disadvantaged children and young people in Germany's inner cities, made their way to Frankfurt for a trip to the Nordpol.

"They all had big eyes as we entered the airport because everything is new," said Stephanie Kiefer, head of Die Arche Frankfurt. "Their circumstances are poor, so to be able to do this and keep the smiles on children's faces, it's great!"

After munching on breakfast while writing letters to Santa, the children began their trek to the gate where a decorated Boeing 777 waited to take them to the Nordpol. As they walked, they enjoyed learning about the different types of work at the airport and going through security — and they jumped with excitement when they saw their flight on the big departures board.

Once on board, they were mesmerized by the plane and cockpit.

"Every five minutes, something new happens and the kids are like, 'Momma, look here!' or 'Did you see that?'" said Gordena Adgefska, who attended the Fantasy Flight with her daughter. "The whole day my daughter has been laughing and she has this sparkle in her eye."

At the Nordpol, the children were greeted with a DJ, photo booth, lunch, gifts, holiday face paint and more before Santa arrived and gave them each a present.

"We often get invitations to attend things, but this one is really special and something you can't buy," said Stephanie. "It's that kind and caring aspect that is shown to every child while being in an environment that's diverse and international that makes it so special."

Frankfurt's first Fantasy Flight was made possible thanks to the incredible work of 40 volunteers.

"It's fun work and we could not have done it without the team we had," said Michaela. "The kids just had so much fun and really enjoyed themselves. My feet hurt, but it was all worth it!"

And once Michaela and the rest of team Frankfurt's feet get a little rest from the big day?

"Oh, we're ready for round two!" exclaimed Michaela.

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