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How Empty Was Your Flight?  
User currently offlineAirbusa340 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 54 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6803 times:

Most of the time when flying either in Europe or worldwide, the planes I travel on are nearly always full - great for the airline! On rare occasions the seat next to me may remain unoccupied - Bonus... Once flying in Upper Class from HKG - LHR the 3 of us had the whole cabin to ourselves. The question is, as a fare paying passenger, what is the emptiest the cabin has been on your flight. Don't forget to mention aircraft type and flight.

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User currently offlineAloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2406 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6742 times:

USAir, June 1988 SFO-LAS on a 737: Completely empty except for me and my family (Me, Mom, Dad, 2 sisters) in coach and 2 businessmen in 1st. A United HNL-SFO was on a sever mechanical delay which caused a major misconnect for all the Hawaiian's going to Vegas (this included my Grandma, and 2 aunts). Our flight was oversold but ended up going out with only 7 passengers, 4F/As and 2 pilots. I was only 5 at the time but remember this flight vividly as the F/A's showered me and my sister with an endless supply of candy and spent most of the flight just 'chillin' with my mom and baby sister (6 months old) while my dad videotaped the empty plane.

Delta 632, May 8, 2005 HNL-SFO on a 764: I was non-reving on a Buddy Pass and this plane was EMPTY. All the non-revs were cleared in to 1st which was only 1/3 full. The total load was 37 passengers out of 286 seats. I was alone in row 2 of 1st and just slept after getting my snack. GREAT service from these DL F/As on a very empty (QUIET) flight.


Aloha Airlines - The Spirit Moves Us. Gone but NEVER Forgotten. Aloha, A Hui Hou!
User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4494 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6630 times:

DL flight from SAN to PHX in 1999. 757 with 20 souls on board (including crew). Aircraft departed runway 9 and leapt off just as the wing passed over the 3rd marker, indicating only approximately 3,000 feet of runway had been used.

My other home is a Piper Cherokee 180C
User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 718 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6611 times:

Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 2):
Delta 632, May 8, 2005 HNL-SFO on a 764: I was non-reving on a Buddy Pass and this plane was EMPTY. All the non-revs were cleared in to 1st which was only 1/3 full. The total load was 37 passengers out of 286 seats. I was alone in row 2 of 1st and just slept after getting my snack. GREAT service from these DL F/As on a very empty (QUIET) flight.

Can you forsee the future or did you mean 2004?

Don't bring up the NW DC9's unless you have to!
User currently offlineCVG2LGA From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6573 times:

on an 20hundred hours something flight from LGA2CVG, i was onboard a comair crj, and there were only five pax, and the crew. was great, we took off over the Bronx and could see Time Square all lit up. sniff...i miss home.


They don't call em' emergencies anymore. They call em' Patronies.
User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6441 times:

I flew SN (Sabena at the time) EWR-BRU on the 13th of November, 2000. Load was around 30% in an A340. It was very nice, as I had a whole middle row for myself, so I had an excellent lie-flat bed!

User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6420 times:

I flew AF on an A321 from CDG to LHR once on a Saturday evening and was one of only about five people on the plane. I was the only one in business class.

Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6419 times:

The emptiest flight I was ever on was

13-May-90 SA 235 SAA B747-300 ZS-SAU LHR JNB

There can't have been more than 50 people on the whole plane, maybe 30 in Y, I was supposed to be sitting on the upper deck, but they moved everyone downstairs so they didn't need to put crew and catering upstairs - I had a whole row to myself, it was great.

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5601 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6410 times:

I once flew on a Swissair MD 11 SIN-BOM-ZRH. It was December 31 and we only were 7 people in the business class with 67 seats.

User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6386 times:

MH BKK-KUL with 50 pax
DL DCA-ATL with 15
DL CVG-DCA with 3
DL LAX-HNL with 42
MH EWR-ARN with 67
CI LAX-TPE with 84
SV JED-BKK with 48

and quite a few more, but I can pretty much keep memories of very empty
flights I have been on

There Are Those Who Believe That There May Yet Be Other Airlines Who Even Now Fight To Survive Beyond The Heavens
User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6352 times:

September 28, 1983.

YYZ-YQT-YWG (Toronto-Thunder Bay-Winnipeg)
Nordair 737-200

Flight was full to YQT.

I was the sole passenger on the last leg to Winnipeg.

1/108....not bad.

Delete this User
User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6350 times:

30-SEP-1987 - United 737-200 N9038U FLL-MIA, total pax on board 3 including me (was a continuation on a IAD-FLL-MIA trip)

30-DEC-1990 - British Midland ATP G-BMYK BHX-EMA, total pax on board 6 including five staff non-revs and only one paying pax who got off in BHX by mistake so the flight was delayed whilst she was located and reboarded (was a continuation on a LHR-BHX-EMA trip)


User currently offlineChrisZRH From Switzerland, joined May 2004, 423 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6345 times:

London LHR - Zurich ZRH onboard Swissair MD-11. Was shearing the entire Business Class with another guy  Smile


Christian Galliker - AirTeamImages
User currently offlineBurg400 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6345 times:

15 passengers on a BA 757 from EDI to LHR, last flight of the day. When airbourne informed that we could sit where we liked, I was already there and I did not see anyone move, inflight service perfect. I know its only and hour.

Golf " A good walk Wasted" not the way I play
User currently offlineDABZF From Germany, joined Mar 2004, 1204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6340 times:

Two different occasions both on KF - Blue1 (back then called AirBotnia) HEL-GOT:

- I was only passenger o/b (non-rev)
... the service from the nice f/a's were superb! Big grin One of them chatted with me the whole flight  Wink

- Me and two SK employees only passengers o/b (all non-rev)

I like driving backwards in the fog cause it doesn't remind me of anything - Chris Cornell
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6327 times:

For me it was in 85. New York Air SAV-RDU. DC-9-30, 3 F/A, 2 Flight Crew, 1 pax.

User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6319 times:

It might not count as it was a charter flight on behalf of a tour operator in the 1980s. I flew in a Britannia 737-204Adv from PMI to LGW via Luton. There were about 30-40 passengers from PMI to Luton. On the hop from Luton to LGW my companion and I were the only passengers left - a whole 737 to ourselves (albeit the flight was only 15 minutes or so).

I remember that I asked a cabin crew member why they were flying the plane with just us two when it surely would be cheaper to send us down to LGW by taxi. I cannot remember her exact words but basically the 737 had to go to LGW to be positioned for the next flight.

MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
User currently offlineTobi3334 From Germany, joined Sep 2004, 146 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6311 times:

DTW-YYZ on a NW CRJ with around 10 people on board

User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6306 times:

BA2724 LGW-MUC B737-400 G-DOCZ October 2004 - Around 30% full.

Hey, you want to go out for pizza and some sex? What, you don't like pizza?
User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6285 times:

America West A-320 SAN-LAS, August 1997.

The plane went on mechanical and the passengers were rebooked on WN.
So it ended up being my wife and I and the crew.

You are now free to be sexually harassed and then terminated for filing a complaint--Southwest Airlines to me.
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6285 times:

Air France A 320-200 (F-GFKN) from CDG to DUS on January 10th, 2004. Only 8 persons incl. fellow A.netter TriStar500 and myself onboard, report is here.


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6277 times:

HP 320

PHL-CMH (early morning in mid 1990s)

only 3 passengers & 5 crew members ...

almost like this picture:
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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Aaron Hall

Airliners.net of the Future
User currently offlineArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3924 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6265 times:

My parents have been the only passengers on a 737 and two of thirty on a 747 from DTW-Tokyo.

Personally I've been on a BA 747 from New York to London that had, at the most, 50 people on it.

User currently offlineAeroVodochody From Czech Republic, joined Feb 2005, 540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6248 times:

September 1999 NW MEM-DFW there was a total of about 7 people on that flight.

Try not to be jealous, we can't all be Czech.
User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2457 posts, RR: 29
Reply 24, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6246 times:

Mine would be an America West 757 from Newark to Phoenix in January of 1998. I want to say there were like 20 people on it.

You can't fix stupid.... - Ron White
25 Boeing73G : For me, December 23,2004 HP PHX-SFO: Only around 60-75 people onboard a 757 , with a nearly full First (where I sat. 13/16 seats filled) and a very em
26 AsstChiefMark : I flew on a Delta 727 from ORD to MSP in 1983. There were five passengers onboard. Mark
27 Post contains images MANTEC : I flew from Maracaibo to Caracas on a Viasa DC8 in 1978. I was the only pax to board at Maracaibo and there was only 1 other pax on board. I don't kno
28 Goldenshield : Easter day 1997, on a UA 727 ORD-ONT. Only 4 people on the plane, including myself. I was originally supposed to be there the night before, but that n
29 LimaFoxTango : Mid to late January 2005. From SKB to ANU on a Caribbean Sun Dash 8. Six passengers were on board, myself included, and 3 crew.
30 AirWillie6475 : A MALEV 737 flight from Budapest. There was about 15 people on the 737-500 flight. There was no one in fist class so I asked the the FA if I could sit
31 Palladium : EVA AIR B767-200 SUB - TPE about 38 pax only couldn't remember the exact date, but it was back in the year 1999 =)
32 ANCFlyer : Back a few years, UA sent a DC-10 from ORD-ANC-ORD during the tourist season. Did the run from ORD-ANC in early September once, end of the season. I a
33 OzLAME : A day or two after Iraq invaded Kuwait, in August 1990 I flew SYD-SIN with QF in a 767, I guess a -200 back then. There were only a couple of dozen pe
34 Gemuser : Posted this before but it seems to have got lost! QF 21 SYD-NRT 28 December 2004 B747-338, (upgraded) Y seats = 398, occupied seats = 138 I once heard
35 777ER : Air NZ, B733, AKL-WLG in 2003. Only about 70 passengers, and 3 crew. The flight was during the 'quiet' season
36 Aviationmaster : The emptiest flight I've been on was a Lufthansa B744 flight from Mexico City to Frankfurt in the last days of December 2001. There were probably not
37 Post contains images Gilligan : It was in June of 1977. I was flying DL from Tampa to Atlanta. I and nine other lucky passengers had an L1011 all to ourselves. First and last time I
38 Bg777300er : I know this doesn't even come close to the emptiest flights on this forum, but I think it is worth mentioning. On March 28, 2005, I was on an Air Fran
39 COEWR777 : Feb 2003- Iah-phl CO 737300 or 500 20 passangers, 12 stand-by 6 being my family, May 2nd- spent the whole day at MCO waiting for some availible seats
40 Codasco : March 2002--EWR-CPH, SAS redeye on an A340. Probably 45-50 people. Got a whole center row to myself. With the armrests raised it made a bed...that and
41 Post contains images Vtdl : In 1993, from DFW to SJC after two rain delays (in and out of DFW). I guess it had about 15 pax, which felt much emptier on a MD11 (when SJC was a AA
42 A330Fan1 : Probably back in summer 1999 when I was flying LHR-LAX on BA in Econ...there weren't many people at all. Aside from us three, I think there were maybe
43 Scandinavian : In September 1999 when flying from Helsinki to Stockholm with Finnair on a legendary DC9. Myself and four other passengers, great flight!!
44 Flygaz : Returning from LGW to MAN last Wed, there were less than 40 pax on Jet2's B737. Although this is often a quiet flight, there are normally more than th
45 BritPilot777 : There were 15 of us on a United 744 from LHR to IAD in Jan, I had the whole row to myself!! haha
46 ZOTAN : I was on a WN flight between SJC-RNO, and we had 7 people in total. My family and I accounted for 4 of the 7. Had a great conversation with the pilot
47 Lobster : I was on a Mesaba flight from MSP-HIB on a Saab 340. The flight was originally supposed to have a stop at DLH first, then on to HIB. There was bad wea
48 Hirnie : April 1990. LAX - FRA LH B747-200 in Business class. We were three persons and no one else was in the cabin. Another one was 17th September 2001. FRA
49 Post contains images Skidmarks : 3rd September 1971, flying LGW-ANR with British Island Airways. Because this route was under use we at BCAL got 100% discount. I could see why! On the
50 MHG : Well... It may sound a bit unfair but i think it still fits into the questioned category... Last weekend i stayed in southern Italy and had my first S
51 Cxsjr : About 6 years ago, lived in London but worked in Newcastle. Week 1 I turn up at the airport early to fly home Friday night and ask if I can catch the
52 Post contains images ACDC8 : My last flight on Wednesday from AMS-YVR was only about half full, so that was real nice. Everyone had at least 2 seats themselves so we could stretch
53 DENplanenut : Two flights: Swiss Air 126, B-747-357, April 25th, 1996... Flight was from ZHR to PHL with a stop in BOS. Most people got off at BOS, so the quick fli
54 Post contains images MH017 : Last year I flew a Twinotter of MAS between Kota Kinabalu and Kudat, and was the only passenger ! Felt like a "private sightseeing flight"
55 EZYAirbus : SIN-BNE August 1996 Qantas 747-200 only 53 pax in all classes, could really spreat out on this one. This not a flight I been on but a flight I loaded
56 Christian : WV 767-200 (Swe Fly), yesterday (friday 13th) between KLR and ARN. Only 9 pax onboard. tripreport will be online here soon... /Christian
57 Birka340 : Some years ago when Finnair (AY) flew Copenhagen - Stockholm, I was on a MD80, me in BusinessClass and one passenger in EconomyClass. The crew parked
58 Icarus75 : September 2004 Air France A320 from STR to CDG : 3 pax!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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