This guy might be the coolest pilot ever

Ever been stranded on the tarmac for hours with nothing to eat? That was the situation passengers on a Denver-bound Frontier Airlines flight found themselves in Monday night after their plane was forced to temporarily land at a Wyoming airport until severe weather cleared up.

Fortunately for these 160 travelers, the pilot of the flight had a heartwarming surprise in store. Miss Colorado U.S. Teen 2014 Logan Marie Torres was a passenger on the grounded flight, and she told KDVR-TV about an unexpected announcement that came from the cockpit.

“He said ‘Ladies and gentleman, Frontier Airlines is known for being one of the cheapest airlines in the US, but your captain is not cheap,’” Torres explained. “‘I just ordered pizza for the entire plane.’”

As it turns out, Captain Berhard Brandner had phoned in an order for some 35 pizzas from a local Dominos. Those pizzas were delivered to the airport, where flight attendants handed out slices before the plane was finally cleared for takeoff and continued westward.

The flight ultimately arrived at Denver International Airport just after midnight – nearly five hours late – and Brandner downplayed his act of kindness.

“I was getting hungry, and we’re kind of a big family here at Frontier. We take care of each other,” he told KDVR. “I figured it’s time to take care of my passengers here and called Dominos and ordered some pizza.”

Check out the report from KDVR-TV below:

  • thatguy

    now thats a stand up guy

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to him

  • Wanda Donati

    Remember, there are good people all around us. They just find a need and fill it!

  • Kevin

    What if someone didn’t like pizza? What if they wanted a salad? What if they were on a diet and the pizza around them created anxiety? What is there was a meat allergy? What if they bought the wrong kind of pizza? What if there was a problem with the pizza and someone got sick? Frontier would be liable. HOW COULD WE LET THIS HAPPEN? IT’S, IT’S NOT CONTROLLED !!!

  • AJ Luna

    When you have the lives of hundreds of people in your hands, you do what it takes to help them make a bad situation good. Being stuck on the tarmac for hours because its safer than flying was the right thing to do. Giving them food where none can be found is the right thing to do. Paying for it yourself is an amazing thing to do, getting paid back by the Company would be the moral thing to do by the company. If they paid him back for the pizza, I would make Frontier a preferred carrier (and (I fly a lot). This man did so many things right, I hope the company recognizes him for it. Way to go Captain Bernard Brandner! Thanks for sharing the story Mr. Beck.

  • capa760

    Frontier Airlines-This is the best airline commercial we have ever seen, and we want to fly with you anytime. Pilot Gerhard Brandner, we will want you to be in the cockpit on our flight. If an airline executive would fly on each flight, the passengers would have the immediate consideration granted, that is needed on a painful runway wait,
    Yes, we petition a reimbursement and raise for those employees on that flight. And
    you might want to correct the “cheapest ” (stipulate that is cheapest ticket for flying).
    Wonderful story. A good book and pizza helps every time.

  • Lee in Phoenix

    That was real nice and very thoughtful of him. I’m a bit shocked. The airline should reimburse him for the cost, since they really should have provided food during the long delay.

  • Anonymous

    Wow – what a guy!
    When he has a BBQ I bet he’s got all the trimmings based on the comment of ” everybody knows when you’re with me you’re not going to go hungry.”
    160 passengers… pay it forward! :-)

  • Dena

    Dominos should have given him the pizzas for free with all the advertising they are getting out of it. I do wonder how they were able to get them past airport security? Did they bribe security with a few slices?

  • Anonymous

    Until about the 3rd sentence, I thought you were being serious ….

  • Kevin

    Bribe TSA? With pizza. Nnnnooooooooooooo. It could n-e-v-e-r happen. Those people are all the very picture of professionalism and top physical conditioning.

  • Troyboy

    Wonderful story !! There’s still a lot of good people !

  • Boo2

    What a guy! How cool is that?! Probably not too many like him!

  • James

    LMAO-You WERE joking,right?

  • Anonymous

    The Captain just earned Frontier 200 loyal customers – give the man a raise.
    I envision an entire new marketing message for Frontier – and pizza as a regular item on the flight menu.

  • Kevin

    Maybe I was….maybe I wasn’t….

  • Kevin

    DOMINOE’S pizza. Joint marketing effort.

  • James

    Notice the total was said to be 50 pizza pies,but in the story it was 35 for the passengers. That sounds like a 15 pizza bribe to me.

  • Kevin

    I can see the commercial now…Dominoe’s guy jumping the security railings, TSA in hot pursuit, bribing TSA with pizza slices, kicking down the door to the gangplank, a very beautiful, very grateful flight attendant (NOT! a stewardess. My wife is an f/a.). The pilot kicking back with cool shades on. Frontier and Dominoes, making America great. Again.

  • Kevin

    It was pizza. Not Japanese food.

  • Anonymous

    good one …
    how about the food service truck that jacks up to bring in the food carts shortly before push-back … with the Dominos logo emblazoned across the sides

  • Kevin

    I like it. Or a Frontiers plane that has crashed in the mountains but none of the passengers complain because of all the Dominoes Pizzas scattered all across the wreckage site?

    Too much?

  • Chris Layton

    Way cool man! I love people like that.

  • Anonymous

    ya … plane cashes are not recommended for airline advertisements …

  • Kevin

    You sound like a detective.

  • Dena

    Sounds like the price of getting something by security is going up!

  • Anonymous

    My brother-in-law is a pilot with another airline and he did this a couple of years ago when his plane was stranded at an airport. Of course you would not have heard about it because he’s a pilot for Jet Blue and at the time no one wanted to report anything good about them.

  • Guardian

    Too funny

  • Guardian

    Crashed in the mountains at Donner Pass, dead of winter – Dominoes Pizza literally saves everybody’s life.

  • Kevin

    I like it. Jurgy says, nnooooo. Can’t have plane crashes in airline commercials. I say, be bold. Fly Frontier. Who cares if you make to your destination. We have free pizza.

  • Guardian

    Par-teee :-))

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  • Anonymous

    How did Lufthansa (or whoever) let this pilot get away?

  • Anonymous

    “COOLEST pilot” still belongs to ‘Solly’ Sollenberger. Brandner could be runner-up!

  • Alika Nganuma Toshihiko Cripe

    some good people ma’am some not people all around us, some good people around us.

  • Jenn

    GOD BLESS HIM!!!

  • Jenn

    GOD LOVE HIM!!!

  • Mike Knowlton

    If I thought you were being serious I would just say, “T.S.” but instead, LMAO! As for the pilot, I bet the airline has “counselled” him as no good deed goes unpunished in the litigious world of the U.S. of A(ttorneys). NOW THAT YOU HAVE PLANTED THE IDEA, I’m SURE ONE OF THOSE PASSENGERS IS SUING!

  • Mike Knowlton

    W-T-_?

  • Mike Knowlton

    As I have said before, no good deed goes unpunished – probably some bean counter at the airline central offices is writing up a reprimand for the pilot. Sets a precedent they don’t want to have to keep up with, and opens them up to legal action if some passenger decides he didn’t like the pizza. Yeah, I’m a cynical old bastrd, since I’ve seen the lawyers and bean counters get hold of other good deeds before.

  • Mike Knowlton

    Pay it forward is the best comment on here yet! TY!

  • Mike Knowlton

    Please, Kevin, try to limit your cynical and sarcastic comments about those who are so important to our safety! (Just when you got in a good one, some oldfart with serious cynical sarcasm skills comes along and throws down the gauntlet, eh?) Actually, it isn’t the operators of the security sites, it’s the rules of engagement that suck. (Profiling Arabic young men? How un-PC!)

  • Bill

    Joking or not this kind of thinking is was goes on in the Board room in to many places.

  • Lucy Farrah DeMonique

    Like, this pilot has pizzazz!

  • Steven

    Debatable, but close enough.

  • Steven

    Actually, one of the PASSENGERS said ‘more than 50 pizzas’. and the article stated 35. The same linked article that includes that statement said a 3 hour flight turned into 7 hours, and arrived 5 hours late.
    OBVIOUSLY, the article contains errors (3 + 5 = *).
    The inconstancy in hte number of pizzas is EASILY accounted for be the fact the passenger ESTIMATED the number of pizzas, as they have no way to actually KNOW.

  • James

    Okay-We’re gonna have to see the receipt for the pizza……

  • Michael Ramirez

    By attacking private property, collectivism redirects aggression outward and furthers modern systems of plunder, serfdom, and injustice.