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A group of fifth graders from Oklahoma arrived at their Washington, D.C. field trip in style, touching down in the nation’s capital on a private Delta Air Lines flight after their American Airlines trip was canceled at the last minute.
On June 2, 41 fifth-grade students from Tulsa and their chaperones received the disappointing news that their American flight departing Will Rogers World Airport to Richmond, Va. for their highly anticipated school trip – which has been in the works for almost a year – was canceled, Dallas News reports.
The article goes on to state the following:
Though the carrier issued the group a refund, there were no alternative flights to D.C. available at the time, KOCO reports. Waiting it out at the airport for six and a half hours, the youngsters were soon back on their merry way – thanks to the generosity of two Delta gate agents who witnessed the exchange.
The report states that the Delta agents contacted corporate and were able to arrange for a spare plane to be flown to the Oklahoma City airport, pick up the students, and fly them to Richmond, Virginia, thereby saving their trip.
@Delta THANK YOU for getting this group of 5th graders out of OKC and onto Richmond Virginia on a private flight when @AmericanAir wanted to leave us stranded! Most amazing corporation to work with at 3:00am. #flyDelta pic.twitter.com/plDwghRusI
— Shantell Barbour (@barbour_5th) June 2, 2019
Hi Shantell, it was an absolute pleasure to assist you in your time of need. We are glad that we were able to help with such an amazing group of kids! Thank you so much for sharing this picture, it really warmed my heart. Their smiles are priceless!!! ❤ HSH
— Delta (@Delta) June 2, 2019
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) June 10, 2019
When @AmericanAir canceled flight, stranding 41 #OKC students on field trip, @Delta brought in empty plane to fly entire group nonstop, @koconews rpts; ‘Absolutely amazing’: https://t.co/ErhLgsqV7k #travel #aviation
— Mark Albert (@malbertnews) June 9, 2019
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