Stranded Students Saved After Airline Provides Private Plane
A class of fifth grade students almost had their dreams of an interstate excursion dashed -- before Delta Airlines stepped in.
The class were ready to travel from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Richmond, Virginia as part of a highly anticipated field trip.
But the students were disappointed when after arriving at the airport, the American Airlines flight was canceled, KOCO News reported.
Though the airline issued a full refund, there were no alternative flights to their destination available at the time, seemingly putting an end to the trip which had been a year in the making.
The group waited patiently at the airport for six-and-a-half hours, before two Delta Airlines gate agents decided something had to be done.
After contacting the company's headquarters, staff members were able to arrange for a spare aircraft to be flown to Oklahoma City airport specifically for the class to use.
The CRJ-900 jet flew the kids straight to Virginia, cutting out a layover they would have otherwise had in the middle.
“When we heard about this group of students booked on another airline that were stuck in Oklahoma City, there wasn’t even a consideration given to not making an effort in finding a solution,” said Jeff Trainer, the Delta official who approved the special flight, in a statement from the airline.
"We were so thrilled to have been able to make such a difference in the days of each and every one of these kids," said Cara Horn, one of the staff who helped the group at the airport.