ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- For the seventh consecutive year, AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), is providing its first of three Satellite-based Aviation Navigational Tracking Apparatus (S.A.N.T.A.) reports. The following information regarding Santa Claus' international flight is based on data from AirTran Airways' System Operations Control Center in Orlando:
- As December is shaping up for a somewhat warm time of year in Antarctica, the first confirmed satellite data found Santa and his reindeers flying up to a rookery to watch newborn penguin chicks cluster and brood at their parents' feet.
- As Santa and his reindeer zipped up the coastline, they took to warmer summer climates in Santiago, Chile. Who can blame Santa for wanting to make a pit stop in a country known for its bountiful range of delicious desserts?
- Satellite data indicates that Santa next headed west over the Pacific Ocean, bringing holiday cheer to the lush island of New Zealand to unassumingly watch a rugby match before beginning his trek through Asia.
- As Santa covered Asia in record time, he slowed down to admire the terra cotta warriors and horse figurines in Beijing that date back to 210 BC. After a much-needed snack of cookies and hot chocolate on the Great Wall of China, Santa and his reindeer headed further west toward India.
The next S.A.N.T.A. update is scheduled to cross the national wire at 3 p.m. EST.
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