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Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight  
User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9063 times:

The question is pretty simple: What is the lowest load factor on any flight you have been on? I would like to exclude corporate, charter, and other small commercial flights. We are talking airline flights, and and not just one cabin, but the whole plane. For me, I would guess it would be a TWA flight between SRQ and PBI (it had come from STL), and there was about 10 people on the entire MD80. About a 10-13% load factor. So what about your flights?

From YVR
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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9053 times:

About 40-50 people on a B747-200 between MUC and HAM... it was one of the last flights on the route operated by SAA - and most passengers had left the plane at MUC.

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User currently offlinePacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9046 times:

During the summer of 1987 Continental experimented with non-stop flights between Papeete (PPT) and Honolulu (HNL). My uncle and I were on board the innaugual flight between PPT and HNL on a DC-10. One of the flight attendants informed us that there were 36 passesngers on the plane. The plane itself had 37 rows of seats. Less than one passenger per row. Sweet.

User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9037 times:

HOU-SAT on WN. It was a morning flight and about 20 people were on it.

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User currently offlineJdwfloyd From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 838 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9035 times:

I flew from PHL to SJU on 9/11/02 and I was one of about 20 people on the flight. It was strange not seeing anyone on a A333 in my entire section.

User currently onlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5964 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9034 times:

Mde-Bog on a morning flight Avianca MD-80 with 15 passengers, well 10 minutes later a full Avianca 757 departured also to BOG.... were the only passengers in business this day, great service including a big hot breakfast on a 40 minutes flight! including eggs on order.

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User currently offlineFlyMatt2Bermud From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 563 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9018 times:

I was the sole passenger on a Frontier Convair 580 flight between Dallas and Lawton, Oklahoma in July, 1976.

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User currently offlineNateDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9016 times:

When I was a kid, I recall being on a WN flight from STL to MDW. There were about 7 people, including my family on the 732. I loved the rear facing seats. Big grin

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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8596 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9015 times:
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CPT-FRA on a 742, the leg from JNB-CPT was packed but when we left CPT we had about 50 pax on board, wonderful!

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User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9003 times:

Me and my Spouse were the only ones on an America West A-320 from SAN to LAS.

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User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8317 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8998 times:

on my flight KIX-CHC-AKL onboard an NZ 772 it had 150 spare seats in economy...It wasn't much busier in U or C either. I had a row to myself, noone in front of me and noone for 3 rows behind me on either side of the aisle.

User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8979 times:

About 40 passengers on a UA 744 flight from LHR to IAD, was great had the entire row to myself!


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User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8977 times:

It was on a Saab 340 from BOS - PQI on former BEX. The only pax on bord were another guy and me. Recieved best service ever.

And on transatlantic we were 32 pax on the entire Aircraft. It was DL 90 from ZRH-JFK on a A-310.
Great service too.

regards: DALelite

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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 8952 times:

I don''t have dates but heres a few.....

a TWA MD 80 with 12 people on a STL-DTW run
CO COnnect B1900 CLE-LAN 3 people
Comair EM-120 CVG-LAN 5 people
A NW 757 ORD-DTW apx 30 people
Simmons YS 11 MBS-ORD 9 people and I was in a group of three
CO 737-100 MBS-CLE 12-15 people and I was in a group of three

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User currently offlineXjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2511 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 8937 times:

here are a few flight just off the top of my head:

XJ flight from TOL-DTW (SF340) I was the only one on board
NW flight from SRQ-DTW(A320) I think there were only 25 or 26 of us
CoExpress flight from TOL-CLE(BE19) I was one of 4 pax on board
OH flight from tol-cvg (CR7) I was one of 7 pax


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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 8938 times:

A United 727 from MSY to IAH with six passengers, and United Express from CEC to ACV, I was it. A TWA 747 from LHR to LAX somewhere around 30, and the last flight from SJU to DFW on a AA 757, just a handful.

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 8933 times:

CVG-MSP on a DL 732. Four passengers total.


User currently offlineEWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 8921 times:

In Jan 2005 I was on a Delta Connection flight from ILM to ATL. There were 3 passengers and 3 crew. That's probably the emptiest flight I've ever been on

User currently offlineAussiestu From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 780 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8912 times:

Continental 747 to SYD (yes a long time ago) with just 56 passengers. Great service and really friendly crew.

Qantas flight to SYD, a daylight flight that had just started. Total pax 70 with 30 of those being airline staff trying to get to Oz. The most unfriendliest crew ever, should have been sweet as they did not have to work hard!!!

User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8911 times:

AA 772 DFW > NRT about 35 pax (April 2003 SARS).
NW DC9 ex. SAT about 15 pax. (excellent TO power).

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User currently offlineBwohlgemuth From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8908 times:

One of 19 people on a Northwest MD-80 about three weeks ago from DTW to IND. Nice thing about taking a flight at 09:00 on a Sunday morning.

User currently offlineKelebek From Austria, joined Oct 2006, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8905 times:

Austrian (OS) Fokker 70 (or 100? can't remember exactly),
BRU-VIE in the end of August 2006.

Business: 2 Passengers
Economy: 4 Passengers

felt pretty empty indeed,
don't know why they didn't downgrade to a Canadair RegionalJet for example, maybe not avaliable that day.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8897 times:

April of 2000, BOS-ATL on an FL 717. A total of 11 passengers. They had us all sit up in Business Class.

When I was working for ASA @ ATL, we had the last ATL-MCN flight of the day using the EMB-120 that usually went with no more than 5 passengers. It left (IIRC) around 2345, but many times it was sent out early since everyone was onboard. At least once a week, we'd send the plane out empty. The typical passenger load was 3 passengers. The flight had to be sent out, as the a/c being sent to MCN was scheduled for a maintenance check at the maintenance base EV has @ MCN.

User currently offlineXjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2511 posts, RR: 42
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8889 times:

Quoting Bwohlgemuth (Reply 20):
One of 19 people on a Northwest MD-80 about three weeks ago from DTW to IND. Nice thing about taking a flight at 09:00 on a Sunday morning.

Northwest DC-9.  Wink


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User currently offlineHighFlyer1986 From Canada, joined Jun 2006, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8843 times:

the first and last empty flight was crew of 7 people and 5 pax from Toronto to London on December 25th,1999.. Christmas Flight

25 CXA330300 : LGA-YYZ, November 2002, roughly 30%. Air Canada, forget aircraft type.
26 Post contains images NWADC9 : Shrink it The only thing in the NW fleet that looks like an MD-80 is a DC-9-50
27 BCAL : ORK-LGW with U2 on or around 15 May this year - 3 passengers on the return leg including yours truly!
28 Post contains images B742 : I flew LHR-DOH on August 2nd 2005, the flight was around 20% full on the A330-300 mainly due to the mourning period of King Fahd I then flew the route
29 AlexPorter : My flights have mostly been pretty full. A few come to mind that were about 2/3 full: NW B752 Nov.2003 DCA-MSP SY B738 Aug.2006 MSP-PHX And about 3 of
30 Ag92 : DEL - SIN Only about 30 - 40 in economy and only about 3/12 in business class on S2
31 AerorobNZ : If anyone is on todays flight NZ39 HKG-LHR they win. 21 pax in Y on a 744.... sweeet..
32 RCS763AV : I was once on DL flying BOG-ATL, there were about 100 on the 757. Never had truly empty flights though...
33 Post contains images PlymSpotter : I was on an Air Southwest flight late one evening, we had a total of three people onboard the Dash8. It was a very rough night, lots of bad weather an
34 QXatFAT : Mine was in 2001 on RG with an MD11 out of LAX to LIM. The entire plane had about 30 people on it. That is it! 12 people in coach and that was all of
35 Charger : On Delta From JFk changing planes at SLC and on to LAS. The 757 from JFK to SLC was packed. The 767 from SLC to LAS had 22 passengers on board.
36 Spirtofalaska : 2 people...on a 734 from ANC-FAI...we were both non revs....that musta hurt AS!
37 Burnsie28 : Yeah problem, NW doesn't have any MD-80's.
38 HAJFlyer : MIA-LGA on DL (E 170): 1 passenger in C-class 5 passengers in Y-class
39 Fbgdavidson : In terms of size of aircraft: RIC-BOS on a US ERJ-145 - 6 pax BOS-LGA on a US A319 - 23 pax (FC was full) BRU-LHR on a BD A320 - 23 pax (3 in C, 20 in
40 Aussiestu : I thought this flight was being flown by 777. Still a light load though. Not enough advertising here in the UK about this new route.
41 Post contains images Joffie : Back in 2001 QF used to operate the 743 from SYD-Melbourne then onto some airport in Rome when they used to fly there. anyway, this flight was about 3
42 DENplanenut : About 30 passengers on a Swiss Air 747-357 from BOS to PHL. The flight originated in Zurich, and most people deplaned in BOS. Another was on an Iberia
43 IDISA : I remember a couple of red-eye flights: on one of my several FCO-MXP flights with AZ MD super 80, an early afternoon flight (actually no more operated
44 IAHFLYR : Maybe a -50 instead? Mine lowest load was 9/20/01 from MIA-IAH had 5 passengers on the MD80.
45 Aerorobnz : NZ1/2 is the 772 flight & 38/39 is the 744 flight. I agree with you, besides all the seats are used AKL-HKG, which makes availability harder for peop
46 ZBBYLW : Lowest i have had was 6 people on an AC 321 YYZ-PUJ (i think thats punta cana) Unfortunatly my camera was stolen (i left it in my room for the day) an
47 MSNtriathlete : I was the only passenger on a Precision (Northwest Airlink) Do228 (19 seats) from MHT-LEB and again from LEB-EWR in 1992. In fact, we were supposed to
48 PureKiwi : My lowest load was a CX A330 from HKG-TPE and I was the only passenger. Sadly they moved me to the next flight for "operational reasons" but there wer
49 ZKSUJ : On the radio last year, I heard a Freedom air 737 commnig into Palmerston North with 8 POB
50 Atrude777 : MDW-STL 27 folks on board, SWA and 7 peeps MWA-STL on the jetstream 32, American Connection Alex
51 57AZ : Back a couple of years ago, I caught a DL 737-NG from ATL to TUS nonstop. I was coming out for the Christmas holiday and expected the flight to be pac
52 AirPacific747 : December, 1999 w/Air Pacific on a 747-200 from SYD to NAN Less than 80 people
53 Icarus75 : May 1994 - DFW to DEN - AA B757 - 6 pax
54 Usair320 : Probally 25 people on a US A319 on the PIT-PHL run. And second I was the only paX on a COconnection B1900 from FLL-NAS.
55 Sr176 : The only pax in an 18-seater Swearingen Metroliner between BRN and BSL. With about 20 other pax on a KL 744 between Seoul and AMS (on 31.12.1999)
56 Soups : MEA ABJ-ACC 3 people (me and my parents only) Flight was BEY-LOS-ABJ-ACC the ABJ-ACC was just for positioning flight but we got on
57 Swissgabe : On a Malaysia Airlines DHT flight from KUD to BKI. I was the only pax onboard ...
58 Bps3458 : NW DC-9 from DTW to RIC in 2001. Only 4 passenger all moved to first class.
59 A300605R : FR from GRO to HHN in 2003 with about 40 pax inside the 738
60 DernierVirage : In April 2003 I was on AF from Beijing to CDG, just at the start of the big panic about the SARS epidemic, but before AF started reducing its frequenc
61 LHRBFSTrident : 1985 BRU-BHX - BA - BAC1-11 400 5pax capacity 89 1981 JNB-DUR - SA - A300 - I only recall 2 other pax on this flight apart from my parents and brother
62 Swissy : Short haul: WS YUL-YYZ, including me 7 pax........... Longhaul: CX HKG-ZRH, 55 pax... back in the early 90's Cheers,
63 RAFVC10 : I remember a Meridiana Spain charter flight from BCN to PMO with 143 equipment where there were only three passengers counting myself.
64 AAFLT1871 : Late September 2001 MCO-JFK on a 757 for a 7:00 a.m flight on AA. Total passengers 5, I was the only one in first (only one dumb enough to have paid).
65 Jayhawk : Jan 1984, Pan Am 727, JFK-MCI, 8 in total, 6 in the rear and 2 up front. This was the best service i ever had. Stewardess (yes stewardess) sat down an
66 XA744 : Back in 1984, Beijing to Delhi on Lufthansa´s DC-10-30. It was only ten of us on the flight, no one else in first or business. We were all upgraded t
67 United767 : In September 2001, about 2 weeks after 9/11, I flew on a UA 727-200 from PVD-ORD with only 19 or so people on board. Thing was, they upgraded everybod
68 Ag92 : I was told once that a flight operated by IC had only 1 passenger booked on DEL - BKK - SIN Though more passengers boarded the aircraft at BKK. This w
69 Post contains images DL787932ER : I was one of four passengers on a DL 763 CVG-ATL. This would have been in about June 2000. It was an extra section getting cycled back to ATL for main
70 Nkops : I was the only pax on a B1900D between ACY-BWI once.... it was cool... just stretched out in the last row where there is 3 seats....
71 Doona : For me it would have to be flying from ICN to NGO in the summer of '05. About 25-30 PAX on a KE 773. Cheers Mats
72 HT : I was the sole pax on a Beech 1900D TPA to RSW (which was a funride for me anyhow). -HT
73 Jafa39 : 33 on an EZY 737-300 LTN - GLA Jan 1st 2003
74 Gunsontheroof : The ATL-GNV flight I was on last month was probably less than half full...not a bad way to fly on an ATR-72.
75 Freedom747 : Comair, CRJ-200 flight between TOL and Cincinnati. All nonrev pax onboard. All 3 of us.
76 AeroWesty : 1) At LHR I connected to a delayed TWA 747 flying JFK-LHR-AMS, and there was 1 person in First, 1 in Business and 1 in Coach, everyone else having bee
77 ANCFlyer : Sept 1994, I flew a UA DC-10 ORD-ANC, there were 9 of us on board . . . End of the tourist season, UA had a full boat on the return ANC-ORD, and the n
78 September11 : I remember mine: America West A-320 PHL-CMH only 5 passengers
79 ACDC8 : Probably about 25% for a LH A343 flying from YVR-FRA in February 2000.
80 QANTAS077 : HKG-PER april 2004..around 25 people onboard. SIN-PER june 2003..32 passengers
81 DL4EVR : Sept. 22, 2006 PBI-JFK DL 1446....1F/16Y on an MD-88. It was one of the Jewish Holidays...and PBI has quite a large Jewish population. The entire airp
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