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Record-breaking flight plan departing from the North Pole filed with NAV CANADA

(Ottawa, December 23, 2016) - NAV CANADA reports that a flight plan for an aircraft departing the North Pole on December 24, 2016 has been filed with millions of destinations in Canada and around the world.

NAV CANADA says it  has not handled a flight plan of this size for about a year noting that this breaks the record that was set on December 24 -25 2015 by a Mr. K Kringle.

The Company does not normally reveal the identity of pilots filing flight plans, but an unnamed source speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that it is again Mr. Kringle, saying “The paperwork says Kris Kringle, but everyone knows him as Santa Claus.”

While the details are confidential, NAV CANADA has confirmed that what is primarily a cargo aircraft expected to carry a large number of brightly coloured packages will fly at a tremendous speed guided by a flashing red light at the nose of the craft.

“That red light makes the aircraft’s nose so bright. It worked especially well on one foggy Christmas Eve several years back,” recalled one air traffic controller.

NAV CANADA employees across Canada will be hard at work on Christmas ensuring that the normal air traffic control, flight information and advisory services, are provided for this special flight and all other aircraft as we do 365 days a year.

NAV CANADA is the country’s private sector civil air navigation services provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

For further information, please contact:

Michelle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
(613) 563-7520

Ron Singer
National Manager, Media Relations
(613) 563-7303

Media Information Line: 1-888-562-8226