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Delta Air Lines helps stranded fifth graders after canceled flight



Delta Air Lines recently lent a helping hand to a group of fifth graders after a canceled flight left them stranded in Oklahoma.

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Earlier this month, 41 students and their chaperones were set to fly from Tulsa to Richmond, Virginia, for a summer vacation. But American Airlines canceled the trip due to storms.

The whole party received full refund and ended up at the airport for more than six hours.

But Delta came to their rescue.

Some agents reached the airline's headquarters in Atlanta and acquired a spare aircraft, which was flown to Oklahoma especially to fifth graders.

They had the plane to themselves and made it safe to their destination.

"@ Delta Thank you for getting this group of 5th degree out of OKC and for Richmond Virginia on a private flight, since @AmericanAir wanted to leave we stranded!" Tweeted Shantell Barbour, one of the chaperones. "Most amazing company to work at 3:00."

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"Seeing people for who they are, and not just a carrier or another customer, is what really made this story possible," Delta said in a statement to USA Today. "While we are in the travel industry, we see ourselves as in the corporate business first, and we couldn't be happier that these students could make their trip."

American Airlines also sent a statement to the publication. It said more than 300 others were canceled that weekend because of the weather.

"We apologize for the cancellation," it said, "which was the result of storms that were out of our control."

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