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The Emptiest Flight  
User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2286 posts, RR: 1
Posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1998 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.

Free-thinking, left-leaning secularist
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User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

MSP-YWG. DC-9, Hardly anybody because our flight getting to MSP was over 2 hours late, so our next plane didn't wait.

User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5615 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1491 times:
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I was on a Highland Express 747-100 from Prestwick to Birmingham, UK, with about 30 on board!!

Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

User currently offlineJrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

I once took a Delta MD-80 from DFW to Jackson, Mississippi with 4 people on board. There were more crew members than passengers.

User currently offlinePilatus From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

My father was on a Air Nauru flight to Nauru in a B737-200. He and another man were the only passengers on this flight.

I myself was on a Australian Airlines flight from Darwin to Alice Springs in the early morning. We were 12 to 13 passengers in a 737-400.

User currently offlinePurdue Cadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1470 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.

User currently offlineThai747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 1999, 814 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

a MAS A300 long time ago on KUL - BKK route.. only us ( 4 people ) on the Business class section

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13264 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1444 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!

User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1433 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

User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1431 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!!

User currently offlineEastern L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 127 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

Once I flew from ORD to YUL on an American MD-88, and there were about 10 of us. It was the last flight there for the night so it was great for sleeping, you could stretch right out.

User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1418 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.

- Neil Harrison

User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1417 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!
best regards!

User currently offlineKLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2638 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1414 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).

User currently offlineLanFan From United States of America, joined May 1999, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1404 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!!

User currently offlinePanaman From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

I was on a MD-88 from MSY to CVG in 1994 and there were 6 people on the plane.

steve o

Sorry I moved from SXM, looking for a new house on Anguilla now!
User currently offlineGulfstreamGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 647 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1395 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.

"If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane. " -Jimmy Buffett
User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1392 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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User currently offlineAa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1396 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.

User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3241 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1370 times:

This is an easy one. September 28, US Airways Express, flight 4794 from Los Angeles to San Diego. I was the only passenger on the 19-seat Jestream 32.

Probably had something to do with the fact that another flight left 20 minutes before...there were more passengers on that one...

User currently offlineBoeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 970 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1377 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.

Regards, Boeing727

User currently offlineCB777 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1355 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!!!!!!

User currently offlineXQF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1372 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!!  

User currently offlinePac From Germany, joined Oct 1999, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

YYC-YVR AC DC9...only 9 passengers,dont remember why,was an normally
sheduled flight,and it was during the holiday season

User currently offlineLeo-ERJ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (16 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1370 times:

The winner!

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.

25 DeltAirlines : 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
26 PANAMAN : 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
27 Ian : 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).
28 AM : QRO-MTY. 2 passengers in an ATR-42.
29 L1011 : Mine was a Sabena Caravelle from BRU-AMS on 2/9/69. It was snowing very hard, and the plane had trouble taxiing in at AMS. The captain had to gun the
30 VIflyer : My mother was on an American Eagle ATR 42 from San Juan, PR (SJU) to St. Thomas, VI (STT) and she was the only passanger onboard. This was due to a ta
31 Stlbham : I was recently on a flight from st louis to Birmingham, Alabama on twa-express, and there were 2 people on a J-41. The reason for so few people was a
32 Ratzz : Back in 1986,just before X-mas I was on my way to Sweden from the US,flew on company tickets with the original PanAm from JFK to LHR,switched at LHR f
33 Wannabe : About eight years ago, I took an Americean Airlines 757 from Boston to Seattle, leaving Logan at 6:00 A.M. on the 4th of July. There were 3 passengers
34 Exnonrev : August of '97 on Southwest, HOU-STL, 737-200, 16 pax. This was the last flight to STL on a Sunday night. I'd been on the same flight twice before and
35 Post contains images Ciro : Unforgettable... I flew a Pan Am 747-200 from GRU to MIA in July, 1988 with 7 people boarded in the economy class. No one has ever spent so much money
36 SEA nw DC10 : I was on an Alaska MD-80, with no more than 15 passengers, flying from SJC to OAK. When I worked for SWA, I used to fly on the most random flights and
37 FLY777UAL : A United Airlines B737-500 with four passengers aboard: My family and me (3 people), and a really old lady. We were traveling between SFO and SBA (San
38 Mike C : Short hop in Europe on a major major airline. ATR 42 (I think it was the 42). I was the only passenger and the pilot said "Come on up and sit with us.
39 B727 : Once I flew from MCO to SYR on a Delta Express B737 and there were about 11 people including myself Glenn
40 Markdc10 : Thanksgiving day 1977. National Airlines Boeing 727-235 from San Diego to Los Angeles. 3 pax including myself. I was a non-rev.
41 N4KHGirl : I was on an EMB-120 Flight on ASA from MEI-LFT and i was the ONLY one on it.. there were just no people on that flight.. no real reason for it being e
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