Delta flew 41 fifth-graders after a canceled flight left group stranded in Oklahoma

Delta Air Lines came to the rescue of a group of Oklahoma elementary-school students who were left stranded at an airport after American Airlines canceled their flight to Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Delta chartered a spare plane to take 41 fifth-graders and their adult chaperones from James L. Dennis Elementary School in Oklahoma City to Virginia after they got stuck at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport, Delta spokesperson Drake Castañeda confirmed to USA TODAY Tuesday.

Not only was the Richmond flight special since Delta doesn’t have a regular route to the Virginia state capital, the group also got the aircraft to themselves. 

One of the chaperones, Shantell Barbour, took to Twitter to thank the Delta agents for their help.

“@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!” she tweeted along with a photo of some of the kids. “Most amazing corporation to work with at 3:00am.”

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