A bird strike was to blame for the canceling of Frontier Airlines’ inaugural flight from Green Bay, Wisconsin to Orlando, Florida on Thursday, November 14th, 2019.
A Frontier Airlines Airbus A320-200 registration number N201FR arrived at Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) from Orlando International Airport (MCO) for the airlines’ inaugural flight from Green Bay to Florida.
As the eighth-largest commercial airline in the US pulled out all the stops to promote its new route from the cold and bleak, far north to sunny Florida, things did not go as planned.
Frontier Airlines handed out Mickey Mouse ears
On the aircraft’s post-flight inspection, it was revealed that a bird had struck the engine on the flight up from Florida according to The Aviation Herald. Meanwhile, passengers for the Denver based airline’s flight F9-1231 had arrived at the airport early for Frontier’s new nonstop flight to the home of Disney World.
In preparation for the inaugural flight Frontier handed out Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears for the passengers to wear and treated them to a buffet-style breakfast.
A bird strike forced the airline to cancel the flight
When the time came ready to board the aircraft, a red delayed sign was posted on the airport’s departure board. Passengers waited in limbo to escape the second coldest November on record. With snow still on the ground in Green Bay, Orlando’s balmy 75 degrees was something all of the passengers were looking forward to.
While reporting on the inaugural Green Bay to Orlando flight, local television news channel NBC 26 interviewed some of the 180 passengers. One passenger said that, after all the celebrations, it was a little deflating.
As people started to receive flight updates on their mobile phones, it was now obvious that the flight was being canceled and rescheduled for the following day.
The flight cancelation cost people money and time
One of the passengers, Brittany Forsberg, told NBC News 26 that the delay would cost her money, saying:
“Unfortunately, my friend and I were planning a long weekend for a quick girls trip just Thursday to Sunday. Unfortunately, now we’ve lost Thursday and probably about half of tomorrow.”
Frontier Airlines, of course, apologized for the inconvenience calling it “uncontrollable circumstances”. It offered passengers the option of rebooking for the following day or a full refund of the ticket price.
Fortunately, flight number F9-1231 departed on time the following day for the three-hour flight down to Orlando. The route should prove to be a big hit with people looking to escape Green Bay’s bitter winters.
If you happened to be a passenger on the Frontier Airlines inaugural flight from Green Bay to Orlando, we would love to hear your thoughts about the flight and how you were treated by Frontier in the comments section.