Frontier Airlines pilot Gerhard Brandner ordered pizzas for a plane full of passengers as they were stuck on tarmac for two hours in Wyoming.
The flight from Washington D.C. to the Mile High city was expected to last three hours. But that eventually morphed into a seven-hour exercise in patience with a diversion to Cheyenne, Wyoming for two and a half hours Monday night.
That’s when Gerhard Brandner got hungry. But rather than order something only for himself, the pilot called in and paid for 50 pizzas for the all passengers on board his Airbus A320 aircraft.
Passengers said the entire cabin burst into applause after the pilot announced the delivery on the loudspeaker.
“Ladies and gentleman, Frontier Airlines is known for being one of the cheapest airlines in the US, but your captain is not cheap. I just ordered pizza for the entire plane,” recalled passenger Logan Torres, quoting Gerhard Brandner, in an interview with Fox affiliate KDVR.
Andrew Ritchie, the manager of the Cheyenne Domino’s Pizza in Cheyenne, Wyoming, told the Associated Press he got a call from Gerhard Brandner around 10 p.m with an order enough to feed 160 people.
Pizza for that number of people usually takes an hour, but Andrew Ritchie said it had to be done and delivered in 30 minutes.
The Washington DC to Denver flight, with 160 people, finally flew on to its destination in Colorado.
Gerhard Brandner said he ordered the pizzas as he landed in Cheyenne.
He told a Washington broadcaster he was hungry as well, but he ordered the food because he believed in treating his passengers like family.
“They are my responsibility the moment they step on the aircraft until they get off the aircraft,” Gerhard Brandner said.
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