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Frontier Airlines pilot orders pizza for all passengers on delayed flight

- July 9th, 2014

Is there any situation in which pizza is not appropriate? From thanking your friends for helping you move, to answering your rumbling stomach’s call late at night, to calming down a plane full of frustrated passengers during a delay on the runway, it doesn’t seem so.

A Frontier Airlines pilot saved the day, and the sanity of passengers, when he ordered pizza for an entire plane when their flight was diverted due to thunderstorms.

The plane had been headed for Denver, Colorado from Washington D.C. when a thunderstorm caused them to land in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The plane was forced to stay on the runway for several hours.

This is when captain Gerhard Bradner decided to make a call — to Domino’s Pizza. The pilot paid for the order out of his own pocket.

“Not sure if he was hungry, but it is not unusual for our pilots to go above and beyond to provide care for our customers,” a Frontier Airlines spokesperson told NBC News.

Domino’s Pizza manager Andy Ritchie told AFP Relaxnews that the pilot ordered 35 pizzas.

“We took them up to the front desk at the airport and they escorted our driver to the back and they handed the pizzas directly to the flight attendants,” he said.

Happy passengers tweeted photos of flight attendants serving the pizza before the flight was able to take off and complete its journey to Denver.

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5 comments

  1. Bob Nobb | July 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

    our Air Canada pilot ordered pizzas and sold it for $10 per slice and we had to order it in French

  2. Aluma1 | July 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Gerhard Bradner must be a real class act.

  3. Will | July 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Class act indeed.

    Airplanes ought to do good stuff like this during long delays. Even if most delays are unanticipated and not necessarily the fault of the captain or airline company, don’t just stick it to the nice, fare-paying customers.

  4. Panos | July 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    The aircraft did not stay on the RUNWAY. When will journos get their facts straight?

  5. Linda | July 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    This is not the first or only time this has been done. I used to work for United in Toronto and we did it a few times over the years there because of delays and local flight kitchen couldn’t deliver enough meals within the time frame we needed. Probably the most unusual part of this story is the pilot paid !

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