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Airline captain spent a full year’s pay chartering plane to fly 112 friends to Hawaii

That's what we call a perfect retirement party!
  • Keith Rosenkranz chartered an Airbus A330neo to fly 112 of his closest friends and family for retirement celebration.
  • Rosenkranz carefully selected 112 guests to fill the plane’s 281 seats.
  • The idea for the extravagant celebration was inspired by his desire to give his friends the retirement party they deserved.

Published on Mar 21, 2024 at 6:19PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Mar 22, 2024 at 12:08PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood

Imagine spending an entire year’s salary to throw a retirement party for your friends! That’s exactly what retired airline captain Keith Rosenkranz did when he chartered an Airbus A330neo to fly 112 of his closest friends and family to Hawaii for the ultimate retirement celebration.

For over 16 months, Rosenkranz meticulously planned every detail of the event, ensuring that it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone involved.

He wanted to make sure that his retirement wouldn’t be just another ordinary affair, especially after seeing how the pandemic disrupted many of his coworkers’ retirement plans.

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After choosing Delta’s A330-900 for the charter, Rosenkranz carefully selected 112 guests to fill Airbus A330neo’s 281 seats.

His invite list included people from all walks of life, from his days in grade school to his time in the Air Force and his years at Delta.

It was a diverse group representing different chapters of his life, all coming together to celebrate this special occasion.

The idea for the extravagant celebration was inspired by his desire to give his friends the retirement party they deserved.

He reached out to a friend in Delta’s charter division, who was initially taken aback by the unconventional request.

However, Rosenkranz’s determination paid off, and he was able to negotiate a lower price for the charter, making it feasible for him to cover the cost.

As the day of the flight approached, excitement filled the air. When the decorated jet touched down in Los Angeles, it was greeted with a rare water cannon salute, a fitting tribute to Rosenkranz’s remarkable career.

From there, the journey continued to Hawaii, where Rosenkranz and his wife renewed their wedding vows in a touching ceremony surrounded by friends and loved ones.

Reflecting on his journey from military service to a long career as a Delta Air Lines pilot, Rosenkranz couldn’t help but feel grateful for the experiences he’d had and the people he’d met along the way.

His passion for flying and his love for his friends were evident in every aspect of the celebration, making it a truly unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

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