In 2017, a WestJet pilot bought pizza for stranded airline passengers, and during the USA government shutdown earlier this year Canadian air traffic controllers sent pizza to their American counterparts.
Jofee Larivée, the manager at Minglers Restaurant and Pub in Oromocto, received the pilot's call and took down his order for 23 cheese and pepperoni pizzas. Knowing they would be stuck for some time, as the Fredericton airport was dealing with multiple diverted flights, the Air Canada pilot phoned up a local pizzeria and placed an order for 23 pizzas to be delivered to the airport.
The aircraft was scheduled to reach again in Halifax on Tuesday afternoon.
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Ever heard of pizzas getting delivered to an airplane? Travelers were expected to continue to Halifax on Tuesday.
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Her crew obtained the pizzas prepared in an hour and despatched them to the airport through Minglers' supply service. In regular weather conditions, a nonstop flight from Toronto to Halifax would take just over two hours.
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Passenger Philomena Hughes advised CNN partner CBC News that she credit the pilot for conserving the passengers knowledgeable and fed after being on the aircraft for about eight hours from the time they boarded in Toronto. "They looked like they appreciated the pizza they were pretty calm and pretty cheery". "It makes such a difference when you know what's going on".
"We told him we could have them made in an hour or hour and a half", Larivee said.
Passenger and local politician Bill Karsten tweeted updates from his seat, and documented the pizza's arrival. "So I think the mood was set, in reality, by the great work of the captain".
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