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article imageFrontier Airlines pilot treats delayed passengers to pizza

By Nathan Salant     Jul 9, 2014 in Travel
Cheyenne - Passengers on a Frontier Airlines flight from Washington DC to Denver probably thought their trip could not get much worse after their plane was diverted to Wyoming because of bad weather.
They were right.
It got much better.
After the plane was forced to stay on the tarmac at Cheyenne Regional Airport for two hours and ran out of food, pilot Gerhard Bradner took it upon himself to treat his 160 hungry passengers right.
Bradner called a local Domino's outlet and bought pizza for everybody.
"I was getting hungry and we're kind of a big family here at Frontier, so I figured it was time to take care of the passengers here and I called Domino's and ordered some pizza," Bradner told KDVR television in Denver.
"I'm known for that whoever is with me, they're not going to go hungry," Bradner said.
Each row of Flight 719 got a pie, KDVR said.
“Next thing you know, Domino’s Pizza was rolling up to the plane,” passenger Logan Torres told the TV station.
Torres sent photographs of flight attendants passing out pizza boxes to Cable News Network, the station said.
The manager of the Domino's outlet in Cheyenne, Adam Ritchie, told KDVR that he had never taken a call like the one he got from the pilot.
"'I need to feed my whole plane,'" Ritchie said the caller told him.
"It ended up being like 38 pizzas," Ritchie said.
But Ritchie had just sent his workers home at the end of the night, so he had to call them back to work to handle the unexpected order, he said.
A spokewoman for Frontier Airlines, Tyri Squyres, said the pilot's thoughtfulness and generosity was not surprising.
“This is not unusual for our pilots to go above and beyond to care for our customers,” Squyres said.
“We have some great pilots who work here,” she said.
The plane was cleared for takeoff shortly after the food arrived, and got to Colorado around five hours late, the TV station said.
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