Mcamargo From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 129 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7536 times:
This happened to me two years ago, on a flight from ROA-ATL, I was the only passenger who was scheduled for the last flight out (around 6pm... I wish I would've saved my boarding pass), and for the two hour flight, I was the only passenger on board the CRJ. It was a pretty nice ride overall, and I must admit that I loved the private jet feeling .
It was purely by luck that I got this flight, and it remains my favorite DL RJ flight to date. And it made me wonder, has anyone else had any similar occurrence? (perhaps on a larger aircraft even? )
BlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4064 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7424 times:
Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 2): Wouldn't it be more economical for the airline to just cancel the flight and put you up in a hotel?
Not necessarily when you look at fleet movements rather than a single flight at a time.
Maybe the plane was flying ATL - ROA - ATL and the roundtrip made enough money on the back of the inbound leg alone (it does happen). Another possible scenario was that the plane was coming in from another city into ROA at a profit, and that the plane was needed in ATL the next morning for another flight, so with or without passengers (even just one), that plane was going to fly from ROA to ATL anyhow...
Back on topic, I have been the only passenger on a few flights, but they were not commercial flights either (no, not GA). Not exactly the same thing, but still the same weird feeling to be the only one among 50 or 100 empty seats.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11665 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7344 times:
I've been the only passenger to board at BRS on a MAN-BRS-PLH flight. There were other people on the aircraft though who came all the way down. Aside of that, the nearest I can get is 3 people (+ crew) on the PLH-NQY sector a couple of times.
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7331 times:
I flew from Union Island to Carriacou, I got to the airport nice and early (it's an international flight, even though it's only 9 miles), the check-in lady said "Oh, you're here - we can go now" - I was the only person on the flight (it was an Islander) - I got to sit up front next to the driver, it was great. The biggest delay was finding the passport guy to let me out of the country (he was outside having a fag).
Mauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7325 times:
1980. April or May. Coming home from ERI to MCI via ORD. I remember the trip well because I made it for a family funeral. Was on an Allegheny BAC-111 from ERI to ORD. We were late. Ran to the TW gate to make my flight to MCI. When I got there, the TW agent smiled said -- "What did you run for? It's a barn in there." I didn't catch the drift, as I was frazzled from running. Went down the jetway -- there were 4 of us on the 707!!! One guy in F. And three of us in Y. The service was exceptional to say the least. The FA's gave us Y pax the first class meal. (Yes, you got a meal ORD-MCI in 80') Drinks flowed. The FA's had fun. Made jokes about the great service, etc. Passed out anything they could think of, playing cards, etc.
Brilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4298 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7308 times:
It has happened to me. Of course I was flying to a remote airfield in the Andes and the plane held only 10 people and I sat up in the front right behind the pilots. The landing is one I'll never forget. Another time i was flying to PIT from YXU on US and there were only two of us,
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7303 times:
Never have been on (my lowest was 11 pax on an FL 717 BOS-ATL), but back in my days as a ramper for EV, we used to send off an ATL-MCN flight at the end of the night with usually no more than 2-3 passengers. Many nights, we'd send it out empty or with one passenger. They couldn't cancel the flight because the a/c (E-120) operating the flight was being sent to MCN for maintenance plus they would send other maintenance-related stuff on that flight as well.
Lobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7297 times:
It happened to me once. Flew MSP-DLH-HIB as the only pax aboard. I found it funny we stopped in DLH as no one was getting off and no one ever gets on. It was on a Mesaba Saab 340, about five years ago.
LX64A332 From Switzerland, joined Aug 2007, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7270 times:
I was the only person on a CO B1900 flight from NAS-PBI!
Also, following the grounding of SR, we were only 4 people in the entire MD-11 on a MIA-ZRH flight! The Flight attendants let us all sit in the F cabin, so that they wouldn't have to be walking around the plane. Out of those four people 1 was in C and the rest including me were in Y! Definately the most enjoyable flight to date!
Boston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7267 times:
Both my 'emptiest flights' happened to be to/from RNO. The first one was an E120 that had about 5 or 6 on board, and the next day was an A319, that had about 20 on board (with a full F cabin of course).
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Ag92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7255 times:
Never happened to me, but the closest i have heard is from an IC (now AI) agent that one day during the SARS period there was only one passenger on the DEL - BKK - SIN, however she never told me how many were from DEL - BKK and BKK - SIN
44k From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7232 times:
Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 2): They still operated the flight with just one pax???
I have seen several flight go with 0 pax. Last one was just last Saturday, because of the delays to ORD (ice storm), the last flight left empty, because all the passengers were accommodated on an earlier flight.
I remember once, a pax refused to go when I told him he was the only pax (departure was delayed due to maintenance), he told me he would feel to "weird" being the only one.
Mal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 699 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7207 times:
There was a QF flight back in the late 80's or early 90's that flew SYD > LHR with 1 passenger , it was a flight that was full on the way back. I imagine cargo and other QF paraphernalia would have made some money on the way to LHR
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7200 times:
In the early 1980s (cannot remember which year) I was flying on a Britannia 737 charter flight back from PMI to LGW having booked a "seat only" as we had our own accommodation near Palma. This particular flight was PMI-LTN-LGW and there were only about 20-30 passengers who boarded at PMI for the scheduled 20:30 departure.
At LTN everyone got off and I was the only passenger left who was going on to LGW. My first reaction was that everyone had to alight at LTN but I asked the cabin crew who said I should remain on the aircraft and that we would be continuing on to LGW in about 20 minutes. It was a very strange feeling and I asked the cabin crew if it would not be cheaper to send me down to LGW in a taxi. They replied that they had to go on to LGW as that was the crew's base and in any event the aircraft was due to make another flight from LGW shortly after its arrival.
As soon as all the passengers for LTN had left and their luggage had been unloaded, we continued on to LGW. 3 cabin crew members, two flight deck crew and just me. 2 cabin crew members sat in the front row for the duration of the flight and the third one asked if I wanted anything to drink. After bringing me a coffee, she sat in my row and we talked but a few minutes later we began our descent into LGW. There was no rush to get of the plane at LGW!
It was a great having a whole 737 to yourself, even for a short 20 minute hop, but there was one drawback. I waited for the baggage reclaim belt to be displayed on the monitors. Nothing came up and after about 45 minutes I asked at the Gatwick Handling desk where I could reclaim my luggage. They did not know and had to ask the baggage handlers. It took them about another hour to find my bags.
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Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7164 times:
Quoting JamesJimlb (Reply 12): i want to get on an empty flight so bad, think about it, extra service, just you and the crew, man it would be so nice.
My experience with emptier flights is either the service is superb, or atrocious. I had one flight last month where there were five people on an ERJ-145 and were told if we wanted anything just to use the call bell. Didn't see the FA for the 1hr 15min flight...
Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 2): They still operated the flight with just one pax??? Wouldn't it be more economical for the airline to just cancel the flight and put you up in a hotel?
Regional airlines get paid depending on how many flights they make, not the number of passengers, at least that's what I've heard with reference to UA. There is no incentive to cancel a flight, as others have pointed out it'd cause operational headaches.
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