Breaking News : FAA Releases Santa One Flight Plan

Santa Claus has a dedicated team working all year at his North Pole Workshop and at the North Pole International Sleighport. Santa’s operations are complex, his elves need to handle toy research, materials sourcing, health care, child profiling, public relations, security, buildings & facilities, dining services, among other required departments to make sure Christmas goes off without a glitch. Among these departments is the most visible to the world, Santa’s Department of Aviation.


Santa’s Department of Aviation is believed to consist of meteorologists, aerospace engineers, veterinarians, load masters, logistics managers and of course governmental liaison representatives. These dedicated professionals spend a full year planning for the annual flight of Santa One.


Just now the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that Santa’s Department of Aviation has officially filed a flight plan for Santa One, and the FAA has approved it. Additionally Santa’s governmental liaison representatives have successfully coordinated with aviation and aerospace authorities around the world for his magical flight, and his flight plan has been universally approved.


The flight plan filed with the FAA, Flight Plan #122511, includes the following details:

Pilot: Kris Kringle (AKA: Santa Claus)

Aircraft: Sleigh (Santa One)

Origin: North Pole

Destination: Multiple Stops / Entire World

Engine: Nine Reindeer

Cargo: Presents/Gifts/Cookies

Date: 25 Dec 2011


… Call Sign: Santa One


Make sure you begin tracking the flight progress of Santa One through NORAD’s Santa Tracker!


Below is a graphic released by the FAA showing an overview of Santa’s flight plan.   Santa will initially head to the Pacific, making his first ‘mainland’ stop in New Zealand then work his way through Australia and Asia, criss-crossing between Africa and Europe, then onto the Americas before heading back over the Pacific and home again to plan for next year.


Happy Flying!




a map of the world with lines and points


  1. Following a breakdown in talks between the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and Mr Chris Kringle, TWU Sleigh Cargo handlers have today commenced a 24 hour strike, TWU President Tony Sheldon said today.
    Mr Sheldon said the strike action which will affect sleigh cargo loading at Santa stops worldwide is regretable but necessary followng Mr Kringle’s refusal to negotiate on improved pay and conditons for TWU Sleigh Cargo Handlers.
    Mr Sheldon said the Reindeer Pilots Association fully supports the industrial action undertaken by the Sleigh Cargo Handlers and will today consider launching a secondary boycott.
    I wish to stress that this industrial action should not be percieved as being opportunistic, Mr Sheldon said, Mr Kringle has been on notice for more than two months and his refusal to negotiate with the TWU has left the Union with no choice but to commence work bans which regretfully may lead to the cancellation of Sleigh flight operations over Christmas.

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