Skip to comments.Pilot Buys Pizza for Delayed Passengers
Posted on 07/08/2014 7:14:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Each row got its own pie
Adam Ritchie, a Domino's Pizza manager in Cheyenne, Wyo., said he'd never received a call like the one he got Monday night.
"I need to feed my whole plane," the caller told him.
"Lucky me, I hear 160 people. It ended up being like 38 pizzas," Ritchie said.
A Frontier Airlines flight from Washington to Denver was diverted to Cheyenne because of bad weather. The plane was stuck on the ground for nearly two hours.
The food on board was gone, so the pilot decided to order pizzas for everyone. Each row got its own pie.
"Next thing you know, Domino's Pizza was rolling up to the plane," passenger Logan Torres said. She sent CNN photos of flight attendants passing out boxes.
Frontier Airlines spokeswoman Tyri Squyres said she wasn't surprised at all by what the pilot did.
"This is not unusual for our pilots to go above and beyond to care for our customers," she said. "We have some great pilots who work here."
Personifies the “friendly skies” concept.
If I ever get on an airplane again, I’ll be sure to choose Frontier Airlines.
I know which way this pilot votes...
Frontier Airlines is my choice of great service...
Unfortunately, TSA had to search the pies.
A slice or two each is all it takes
Probably fondled every pepperoni personally too
Now, this is a guy I’d trust at the yoke, right here......get DHS out of the picture and I’d board this dude’s plane any day.
Really good thinking on the part of the pilot for several reasons. Not only is this just good marketing, and will produce good press for the airline, pizza is probably the best possible food for the situation. It’s hot, filling, tastes good, is a crowd favorite. It’s hard to be mad at anyone when you’ve just had a couple of hot slices of pizza after a long, trying day. Even though this was a weather delay, not airline stupidity, this was a good call.
Thirty years ago when Dominos first hit the streets in my home town it was great tasting pizza. Somewhere over the years they cheapened the pizza to the point that it is just horrible.
What a great guy! Nice choice to feed everyone.
Later he passed out bags and demonstrated the Split S and Immelman maneuver.
I think I have to agree with you. When I took my brother down to Stanford we ordered a Domino’s pizza and it was awful.
have you tried it recently? they improved it
I really like Frontier. Late model equipment, on board persona; tv’s, and fair prices.
Question remains: Was the pilot reimbursed? A pilot for India airlines did the same thing ... ordered sandwiches for everyone - said he wasn’t going to fly thirteen hours with no food on board for people.
Great PR for the airline, he was probably reimbursed
I bet Domino’s corporate will get involved as well.
wait until the TSA hears about it. never happen again. I couldn’t even by a sandwich on the redeye back to philly two weeks ago.
Shouldn’t he be reimbursed?
Actually, it was over 45 years ago ... and a couple pals and I would walk miles to get to the Dominos Pizza in Michigan (there were only at most, a handful of stores, then).
I can’t remember how many pizzas that we would buy, but the plan was to have some left over by the time we returned home.
One evening, it began to rain heavily just after buying the pizzas, and we were drenched within seconds of leaving the store. Visibility was nil.
A U.S. Army soldier on leave from South Korea, happened by with his Ford Falcon Sprint(?), including gorgeous girlfriend in the front seat, and he asked us if we could use a ride.
I was very impressed and thankful, that a guy who had come so far, and was serving our country, *and* had his girlfriend with him, would bother to help us.
With all the security they make us go through to maintain a "sterile area," they let the Domino delivery guy just roll up to a plane and deliver pizzas?
Two words: weaponized anchovies.
I bet he will be, this was great PR
trouble was he wouldn’t then let them use the bathrooms. /s
no, they expanded and made new pizzas with different crusts and toppings. their regular stuff didn’t get upgraded.
i would think with all the explosive gas that 38 dominos pizzas can generate, what does a terrorist really need to carry on a plane to blow it up?
After I saw a news story saying they had returned to their original recipe.
I still founded the pizza deeply lacking in taste.
I think that Dominos, Pizza Hut and Little Caesars have been a price war for years and have done so much to cut cost that they have destroyed their products.
I used to be a big fan of Pizza Hut but I wont even consider eating there any more.
38 pies, delivered in 2 hours ? WOW.
I’ve had emergency deliveries like this (And I assisted in the cooking) and that is an impressive feat.
Did you share the pizza with them (soggy though it may have been)?
Americans can’t go 2-3 hours without eating ?
Yes he was reimbursed. The pilot is truly in charge of the aircraft and its passengers. If he says the can have cake, then cake will be had.
I had a plane ride similar to this in the mid 80s. The plane was forced to land early, due to mechanical difficulties. The airline decided to rent a bus to take us the last leg. The bus was a brand new tourist bus and the airline filled it with free beer and soda. What could have been a very bad experience turned into a 4 hour party. Best plane trip I’ve ever had.
No, but we promise to eat sushi man
American health food , right ? :-)
USSA # 9 . Japan not in the top 20 of fattest countries . And the Japanese live longer as well . Fact .
We live better though. :p
That man is a saint. I have been stuck for hours and all the airline ‘kit’ had was a box of peanuts. I certainly hope Frontier reimburses this pilot.
If he were a Dem, he’d still be whining that the government hadn’t shown up to take care of his passengers.
We have Obama : (
A cheap chianti, in 3oz bottles of course. A component mixture...
It’s good again, you should try it.
” Better “ ? You mean the 49% getting handouts from the gubbermint that YOU and others are paying for ? You mean beimng swarmed with illegal aliens from SA ? Knock out games ? Trayvon ? NSA ? Etc...What DO you mean by BETTER ???
Better, as in kiddie porn is still illegal and no minors are working at Soaplands.
Their flight is delayed. They’re stranded for two hours so the pilot feeds them Domino’s Pizza.
HADN’T THEY SUFFERED ENOUGH?!?
When is the last time you tried one?
In the last 3 or so years quality has dramatically improved. I assume it is franchise wide, and not just my local store. I agree that their quality tanked, but Bain as owner seems to have addressed that. Quality here at least is on par with Pizza Hut and better than Jett’s, Donatos, Little Ceasars and the small independents. (Indy)