CARSON CITY, Nev., April 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Dream Flights, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America’s veterans and seniors living in retirement and long-term care communities, is pleased to announce American Airlines will continue to serve as the «Official Airline for Dream Flights,» which this year launched Operation September Freedom, a historic mission to locate and honor as many World War II veteran heroes as possible with free Dream Flights in restored WWII-era biplanes.
«This is a significant time in our country’s history,» says Darryl Fisher, founder and president of Dream Flights. «Of the 16 million Americans who served in WWII, only an estimated 100,000 remain—the youngest: 92. Operation September Freedom may be our last opportunity to honor the brave men and women who served during World War II. We appreciate American Airlines’ generous donation of AAdvantage® miles and its ongoing support of our mission to give back to those who gave.»
«American Airlines is tremendously privileged to support Dream Flights and their incredible mission to honor the men and women who have defended our nation,» said Randy Stillinger, Manager of Military and Veterans Initiatives for American Airlines. «We are proud knowing that several of our team members volunteer their time and talent to provide an experience unlike any other for those who have earned these flights.»
Dream Flights pilots, many of whom fly for major airlines — including American Airlines — and are active duty or retired military veterans themselves, will volunteer their time to fly WWII veterans in the country’s largest fleet of restored Stearman bi-planes. The thousands of dollars saved in travel costs for crew members and pilots traveling to Dream Flights events using AAdvantage® miles will help cover the cost of Dream Flights, which are always free to veterans.
Operation September Freedom runs Aug. 1-Sept. 30, 2021. Dream Flights relies on sponsorships and corporate and individual donations to cover the cost of maintenance, fuel and other operating expenses related to Dream Flights. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available by visiting www.dreamflights.org/donate.
Visit www.dreamflights.org for more information. Connect with Dream Flights on Facebook.com/dreamflightsorg. Learn more about what’s happening at American by visiting news.aa.com and connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.
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