Release

Santa Commanders continue preparations for Santa’s visit

10 Dec 2015

Airservices preparations for Santa’s visit to Australia on 24 December—one of the busiest nights of the year for air traffic controllers—are well underway, with Santa today lodging his flight plan.

The Airservices team has this year been bolstered by the Santa Commanders—four Aussie kids who will help ensure the safe and efficient passage of Santa’s sleigh and reindeer across the nation’s skies.

The Santa Commanders this week allocated Santa his 2015 callsign – SLEIGHRIDER 1 – to communicate with air traffic control on Christmas Eve.

Airservices air traffic controllers look after 11 per cent of the world’s airspace and are among the best in the world. They will be working hard to ensure Santa and the travelling public get to where they are going safely.

With the submission of Santa’s flight plan, Airservices staff and the Santa Commanders are now working on the flight path that Santa will take to ensure he can safely reach more than nine million Australian homes on Christmas Eve.

Follow the Santa Commanders for regular updates on their experience in the lead up to Christmas Eve at www.facebook.com/airservicessanta

INFORMATION FOR EDITORS

The following assets are now available for media:

  • high resolution photos and video footage of the ‘Santa Commanders’ at work
  • video of Santa lodging his flight plan with Airservices
  • high resolution photos and video of Santa visiting Airservices
  • pre-recorded news grabs.

The following assets will be available for media between now and Christmas:

  • Notice to Airman (NOTAM) advising all air traffic of Santa’s activities will be published on 16 December
  • animation of the flight path Santa will take across Australia will be available from 21 December
  • a video wrap up of the four ‘Santa Commanders’ making their final preparations will be released at 5 pm on Christmas Eve.
  • pre-recorded news grabs will be available for use on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • broadcast quality audio grabs of Santa speaking with controllers in Adelaide, Albury, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton and Sydney in-flight on Christmas Eve will be available for download from Airservices newsroom from 25 December.

Airservices representatives will be available for interview until 5 pm (AEST) on Thursday 24 December. Due to the high level of interest, please book all requests for media interviews by Friday 18 December no later than 12 pm.

Video – Santa Commanders

Download HD | Download SD

Video – Santa lodges his flight plan

Download HD | Download SD

Video – tracking Santa

Download HD | Download SD

Video – Santa visits Airservices

Download HD | Download SD

 

Audio – Airservices spokesperson Graham Robinson

Download

Audio – Airservices spokesperson Graham Robinson

Download

Audio – Airservices spokesperson Sarah Fulton

Download

Audio – Airservices spokesperson Sarah Fulton

Download

Audio – Airservices spokesperson Sarah Fulton

Download