Boeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 1 Posted (15 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1720 times:
What's the emptiest flight you've ever been on, and what was the circumstance?
Last July 4 weekend I was on a USAirways Express Dash 8 flight from Hartford-Washington Dulles. There were 4 passengers on board. This came on the same day United tripled jet service from BDL-IAD and also a day before Metrojet started service on the same route. Needless to say, the turboprop flights were discontinued.
Purdue Cadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1192 times:
The fewest number of people that I ahve been on a flight with was 3, and none were revenue passengers. I was on there with a friend and a pilot who was deadheading home. The flight was an American Eagle Saab 340B LAX-CRQ (CLD - Carlsbad, CA). As a percentage of seats taken, the emptiest I've been on was a DC-10 with 5 passengers, me and my family, on an SAN-LAX flight.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12519 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1166 times:
I read a story in a newspaper, a year or two ago. A businessman flying back from JFK to Heathrow with BA was put on a 747-400 which had been delayed earlier. There were about 17 others on board - two pilots and 15 cabin crew!
Boy, did he have a good flight.
My own emptiest flights were with Cathay earlier this year. I flew HKG-Osaka, Osaka - Hong Kong and Hong Kong - London and none of these flights was more than a third full. I also flew on an ANA 777-300 from Tokyo to Osaka and that was also about 20% full.
That's always fun - big, BIG planes with very few passengers!
Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1155 times:
I never had that much luck and fly anywhere with lots of empty seats. But when I used to be a ramp agent at IAD once I had to fill up a DC-9 with 2 boxes with mail going to LaGuardia. Only two pilots were on board, non of FA was on board.
It was USAirways Shuttle, new hourly service to LGA from IAD
Gardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (15 years 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1153 times:
Years ago I know of a BA plane that left Tokyo 24 hours late - all the passengers took other options except for one. He decided to wait, so when the 747 finally left he was the only passenger on board!
From personal experience though, mine has to be on a Qantas B767-300 from Perth to Hong Kong via Singapore. It was the day before Chinese New Year and no one wanted to fly, there were only about 20 people on board the flight. And you'd think they would offer more personalized service, right? Wrong, it was the worst service I have EVER experienced!!
Pilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (15 years 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1140 times:
My mother, father, and my mother's two parents were booked to go on one of the first 747s (thus, it was Pan Am flight) to Hawaii. Since the public was a little apprehenisive about flying on such a big aircraft that had just rolled off the line, no one was on that flight.
I think other than the four of them, about 5 or 10 others were on that flight.
Anyhow, my mother says that they got the "run of the ship" (so to speak). She said that the crew was really nice and the Captain came down and shmoozed with everyone. They got to sit up on the upper deck (which at that time was lounge with a bar, piano, and other amenities). I think they even got invited to sit in the cockpit. The crew told them that landing the 747 was the equivilant of "landing a two-story building."
FYI -- I wasn't born yet, so I cannot verify this totally.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (15 years 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1139 times:
Hi! I remember when I worked during a summer season in TAP catering an inaugural flight from Lisbon to Manchester with the good old B. 727-100 - CS-TBQ - well I went there to put a meal, and I expected that was a late passenger that was comming, no it was THAT passenger that flew that flight, of course that flight was stopped very soon!
KLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2471 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (15 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1136 times:
Hello. I was waiting for my Grandmother and a USAir came in, it was a Beechcraft 1900 from Boston and only 2 people got out. From my own emptiest flight I flew fom LHR - BRE and maybe 4-5 seats were empty that was a lufthansa Avro Regional Jet ( no longer flies that route).
LanFan From United States of America, joined May 1999, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (15 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1126 times:
I flew a LanChile 767-300 MIA-JFK, there were about 20 people on board. Lan doesnt fly the route anymore, they just go straight SCL-JFK :-( sucks for me because I used to be able to jumpseat that flight, FOR FREE!!
GulfstreamGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 646 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (15 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1117 times:
About 5 years ago, Delta began MD-88 service to Huntsville, Alabamba from LIT. The very first day of that service, there were only 2 pax on the flight! Thats almost like having your own private jet! That service eventually was dropped.
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LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (15 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1114 times:
The empiest flight I've ever been on, was a United Air Lines 767-222 from BOS-LAX. I was seated in the farthest back cabin, and in there was me, my father, and about 10 other poeple, two of those were FA's deadheading to LAX. It was around 700 and it was fortunate as I got to lay out on the centre 3 seats. This was in late August, and because of the large university ties between Boston and Los Angeles (a large amount of people from LA go to college in Boston) the flight home was a full flight. Another was an American Airlines F100 1030 flight from Boston to Chicago. The flight had about 20 people in the entire cabin, including First Class.
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Aa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (15 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1118 times:
The emptiest flight I was ever on was on new years eve a few years ago. I was on a American Airlines 767-300 from ord to london heathrow and there was about 45 people on the plane. In the business class section there was only the two i was traveling with, myself, and four other people.
Boeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (15 years 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1099 times:
Back in 1991 I flew from CVG to ORD on an AA MD-80; besides me there were two other people up in first class and I had all the peanuts in the world on that flight. Then in 1992 I flew on TWA from FRA to JFK in a B741, there were 22 people on board (I remember asking the flight-attendant); what a flight that was for an airplane enthusiast, running around the entire time without being in anybodys way. It felt like a private jet to me, because in the rear section of the economy clase where I "chose" to sit there was absolutely nobody; but for someone who is 6'4" and flying throughout the night this was a dream: 'Yeah, I will take row 44, oh no maybe row 47 for my sleeping purposes'. Someone said in a previous post, there is nothing like being in a big plane with hardly anybody in it. From what I understood the aircraft was needed back @ JFK the next day; wonder how much airlines are loosing on a flight like that.
CB777 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (15 years 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1077 times:
I flew on Continental Airlines on a B737-300 from DCA-EWR there was only 3 passengers on board!!!!
And another time was when I flew with Croatia Airlines on a ATR-42 from Prague-Zagreb there was 6 passengers on this flight!!!!!!
XQF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (15 years 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1094 times:
I flew on Finnaviation (now part of Finnair) a couple of years ago from Helsinki to Tampere on a Saab 340 and i was the only passenger on board!! It was a lot of fun actually, it was just me and the one flight attendant in the cabin - and i could sit where i wanted!!
Leo-ERJ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (15 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1092 times:
On a commercial flight, I once flew a Varig MD-11 from Sao Paulo to Rio with about 7 people on board!!! That's right. But wait, it wasn't a scheduled flight but a transit one. The original flight was coming from LAX-GRU on a full 743, and almost all the passengers stayed in Sao Paulo. There were only around 7 of us continuing on the leg to Rio, so they took the opportunity to transport passengers to Rio on the MD-11, which was supposed to be transported to Rio anyway.
: I've been on a Continental DC-9 EWR-BTV with about 4 people on board. I've also been on a few Tarom flights with less than 10 people on board. Jeff
: Oh how could I forget..........in 1992 i flew MSY-DFW-MSY on AA DC10's. To DFW the flight had around 200...not too bad. Coming back, a total of 30 pas
: On Oct. 2...Boston Logan to BWI...I was the only one on a Boeing 733. Had First Class all to myself (with the crew of course).