Montreal team plays tug-of-war with Air Canada jet

Do Jeppesen employees really enjoy playing tug-of-war with jumbo jets? Apparently so.  Eleven teams from the Denver office pulled a FedEx Boeing 757 in early August and several weeks ago, the Montreal team pulled an Air Canada Boeing 767. While pulling airplanes is a great way to have fun, the real purpose of this show of strength is to benefit Special Olympics.

The Montreal event, which took place at the Air Canada Base at Montreal-Trudeau Airport benefits Special Olympics Quebec and was organized by police officers who are members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Defi 767 Challenge relies only on human strength to pull an airplane that weighs 72,767 kilos over a distance of 3.5 meters. Once you get the momentum going, it’s actually quite easy to pull these huge machines.

According to Karine Cousineau-Ouimet, manager of Crew Implementation, “The event was great with games for the kids and they could even do a tour in a de-icer. The city police were sponsors and there were cars, motorcycles, an ambulance, and fire truck. The kids loved it!”

Plane pulling seems to be a great way to spend time with family and colleagues and help a great organization continue their mission of enriching the lives of individuals with an intellectual disability through sport. Special Olympics Quebec provides more than 4,000 athletes, aged 7 and over, throughout Québec with training programs in 17 sports, including 3 developing sports, and a competition network designed to increase their self-sufficiency and self-esteem and foster their social integration.


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