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The Loneliest Flight  
User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2054 posts, RR: 20
Posted (14 years 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

What's the emptiest cabin you've ever experienced? In 1970, a Delta 707 transported me and two other passengers from Kennedy to New Orleans. Needless to say, I received much attention from the f/a's.

II Cor. 4:17-18
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User currently offlineDragogoalie From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Just last wednesday I was flying to visit my brother in Albany new york. I flew from GFK-MSP-BUF-ALB. The BUF-ALB was a beechcraft 1900 on continental express and I found it quite amusing and kinda cool that I was the sole occupant of that flight. It was just me and the pilots..kinda creepy feeling though


Formerly known as Jap. Srsly. AUSTRALIA: 2 days!
User currently offlineMinty From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Flying back from Johannesburg to Madrid on an Iberia DC10 in 1979 2 days before they were grounded! 40 passangers on board - great service.
I was 10 at the time and went up to the flight deck after we had taken off from Kinshasa - where we re-fuelled - and flew over the Sahara. I still remember it today 22 years on!

User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

If you call this "experiencing" it - I had a package of tapes shipped "counter to counter" cargo from Omaha to MCI for a conversion I was doing. It was on a scheduled TWA flight (DC9) from OMA-MCi arriving at midnight. The flight attendant deplaned and was carrying the package - it was the only thing in the passenger cabin - no passengers.

User currently offlineCorsairf/a From France, joined Oct 2000, 373 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 2 days ago) and read 2114 times:

In 1995 on flight back to Paris from Bangkok we only had 38 pax for the 12h and more flight. It was great for the pax but for us the crew; boring cause nothing to do and very cold in the cabin.

User currently offlineGhost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5299 posts, RR: 48
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 2 days ago) and read 2098 times:

Was this Thuesday on my way back to MEX from IAH.

I was on AM MD87 with just 19 pax on board.

Rich  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Ricardo Morales - flyAPM - ¡No es que maneje rapido, solo estoy volando lento!
User currently offlinePSU_DTW_SCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2046 times:

Last March flew Monday morning
AA DTW-ORD 6am departure MD-80 34 pax in coach
then connected
AA ORD-DEN 6:45am departure MD-80 26 pax in coach

User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5412 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

I flew a Continental Express Embraer Brasillia from Houston Hobby airport to Bush, I was the only passenger. I cool little 15-20 minute flight.

Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13605 posts, RR: 76
Reply 8, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

A US Air 737-300 Vegas to LA in November 1993, just 4 of us in First with one FA on board, a charming girl called Victoria.

User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1767 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

There was a recent widely-reported case where a BA 747 went tech at JFK. BA offered all pax to go on their next flight but one person, figuring he had the time, decided to wait for his flight. When it eventually took off, he was the sole occupant of the flight back to LHR.

I believe he was upgraded to first and had a full complement of F/As to look after him. That's one to write home about.

As for me I had a flight ARN-HEL on Air Botnia (SK affiliate) with 5 pax on board (3 business, 2 Y class). Kinda creepy even if it was a very short flight.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

Of course you meant a Delta DC-8.

The emptiest flight I was on was in June, 1972. Flying at 0600 DCA-PIT after Transpo 72 (the one and only Dulles Aviation trade show). My ticket was for coach and the aircraft was booked for 55 PAX. Only 7 of us showed up so we were all put in first class. That hot towel sure felt good after 48 hours without sleep. DCA is rather boring at night. In 1972 a 15 year old could explore the entire airport in 3 hours, and I did. At least it still had an observation deck so I could look at all the parked aircraft as the sun rose. But I digress.

Seven people on a 727-051.

The day you stop learning is the day you should die.
User currently offlineRooinc From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

I was the only passenger on an atr-72 from fwa to ord a few years ago. It was a surreal experience!


User currently offlineTwa902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3203 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

I flew ORD-ATL-MCO on thanksgiving 1998. the ORD ATL flight had just me, my dad, brother and some college basketball team in the back. it was a 757. i got like 6 rows to myself. on the ATL MCO there were like 15 people. it was an L-1011. they offered to put everyone in first but i still sat in coach and had the whole coach cabin to myself.

twa902 chicago

life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1941 times:

Me and 7 others. TWA 757 IND-STL.

User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

The emptiest flight I've had was on an LH 340 ATL-FRA in Nov. 1999. I don't know about F or C class, but in Y there were more rows than there were passengers, so everyone just lay across the 4 across seats to sleep after dinner. That was pretty cool.

On the other extreme, I flew a AF 743 CDG-PTP with 530 souls onboard on Christmas eve but that's another (painful) story.


User currently offlineIluvwestjet From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

For me, it was last year in late December.

Was supposed to fly YVR-YYC on an Air Canada 732 nonstop. All the rapidair flights were being pushed back, so I looked up at the FIDS and saw a YVR-YXC-YYC routing on Air BC (YXC = Cranbrook, BC). I stoodby for that flight, which departed 5 minutes late (compared to 2 hours late for the other rapidair flights).

The flight was on a Dash 8-100 (seats 37), there were like 2 seats left when we took off. We landed in Cranbrook on time and everyone got off. When we got back on, it was me, and another passenger, and one other passenger who went into the cockpit shortly after takeoff (non-rev or visitor), one flight attendant and two pilots. Had a 1 to 1 passenger to crew ratio.

Kind of a creepy feeling, but landed on time... but our flight number wasn't even displayed on the FIDS in Calgary. And by the way, after two 1 hour legs on a turboprop, I still beat the 732 which didn't take off until 15 minutes before I landed in Calgary.

User currently offlineBLACK BOX From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

Quite often the early AQ and HA inter-island flights out of HNL have very light bookings and it has been known for no-one to show up, but the flight still has to operate empty to it's destination due to bookings on onward sectors. So I guess in that case it's pretty lonely for the crew.

User currently offlineNorthwestCRJ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

On a Comair CVG-MOB flight there was about 7 of us, pretty quiet! I thought I saw the same couple with a kid twice, MOB-CVG and CVG-MOB, mustave been traveling the same days as me. The F/A kept offering us more and more drinks and snacks, and we got personal attention (With one F/A on the CRJ, it's lonely for him/her too). Another one would be MEM-GPT. That was on Northwest this last August. It was empty! I saw about 15 in Coach. The Gate Agent in MEM told me I could "take the entire row" and she re-seated me in an empty row. I end up on the quiet flights coming home to MOB and GPT, although MSY flights are never empty! They are always full or near full.

User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

Christmas Day 1998 - on a MAS transpacific 747-400 on the Taipei-Vancouver sector of their Kuala Lumpur-Vancouver route. The route was due to be axed in 2 weeks' time as the codeshare with CP had been terminated and MH did not have traffic rights TPE-YVR. The flight was about half full between KUL and TPE but after the transit stop, there were only 18 passengers left on board the cavernous 744 economy class cabin!

User currently offlineSailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

I was going with three other passengers March this year from Munich to Mönchengladbach on a European Air Express ATR-42.

And I was goin with about 70 passengers aboard a LH744 from MUC-FRA. The scheduled aircraft was a Boeing 737-500, but the Jumbo had to be ferried.


User currently offlineMegatop From Denmark, joined May 1999, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1850 times:

My wife and I, was on a flight from Male (Maldives) to Colombo (SriLanka) in 1987.

The plane was a L-1011 Tristar from Air Lanka, but we were only about 15-20 pax.


User currently offlineTimmsp From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1779 times:

Back in the 80's I was on a UA DC10 ORD-CLE with a total of 10 passengers. Also on a UA 727 from CLE-LAX with 12 passengers. Both were early (very early) morning flights on the weekend.

User currently offlineAC340 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1769 times:

I was once on a Canadian Airlines DC10 between YYZ and YVR with only my sister and 10 other people in Coach. This would have been in 1994, on a Tueday in Mid-March. I am pretty sure that Business Class on this flight was pretty full, but the economy class cabin was deserted. As I recall it, there were almost as many f/a as pax on that flight.

User currently offlineGibberish From Switzerland, joined Sep 2000, 424 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

Summer 2000. Swissair A321 GVA-ZRH on a Tuesday evening (like 8 PM). I was on that flight with two friends and besides us was only a mother and her child. Since all GVA-ZRH flights are for connections in Zurich, there most pax connect to other flights. But the only flights to leave ZRH that late were to South America, so there were hardly any connecting pax. Our flinal destination was Zurich.

User currently offlineArt at ISP From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1744 times:

I have had 2 flights on which it was just me and 2 other passengers-a DL/ACA flight from BOS-CLE in early 2000-3 of 50 . We all had to sit behind row 10.

The other was an Eagle Saab 340 from BOS - ISP with ony 3 of us. And after the captain said we'd be delayed 10 minutes waiting for connecting luggage (3 pc?) we still arrived in ISP without our bags. Go figure.

By the way--for the benefit of Sleekjet--you could either be referring to a CV-880 or a DC-8 for the DL flight. Delta never ever flew the 707.


Art at ISP

25 Post contains images Standby87 : MAN LHR BD0595 British Midland G-BVZI Boeing 737-5Q8 27-Jun-98 0.52 Me and 1 other pax. I think there was some Football tournament taking place in Fra
26 LH744 : I had mine when I was just seven years old. We were on holiday in Greece near Thessaloniki and were booked for our flight home on Olympic Airways via
27 Post contains links and images LoneStarMike : When my aunt died last year, I had to fly from AUS-DAL late one night so I could attend the funeral the next day. I was booked on the last Southwest f
28 LMML 14/32 : As a passenger: 1. A Cal Air DC-10 from LGW to MCO in October 1988 - just 20 or 30 pax. It was the last flight of the season. 2. November 2000 - Mi-8
29 Docpepz : SIN-JNB in 1993 (When I was 11) and CHC-SIN (a couple of times in 1996 and 1997) I don't know if it counts but i had a parent who worked in SQ and we
30 Post contains links Alasta : Turkish Airlines from Ist to BKK to Sin. Business Class with two persons aND 4 cabincrew. Excellent service !!!!!!! did not have to wait long before t
31 CroFlight : My personal "loneliest" experience was at JAT's ATR72 from PRG to BEG in 1991, with 3 other passengers on board, but what my friend told me is fantast
32 Djb77 : Myself and eleven other passengers on a BA 767-300 flying from London-Heathrow to Frankfurt. As the aircraft was repositioning out to FRA to operate a
33 BWIrwy4 : April 2001, I was on the evening BDL-BWI on Metrojet. There were nine pax total. Didn't get much service, though. We were bucking severe thunderstorms
34 2000first : I flew on a Jersey European SHC360 from Belfast city to Londonderry with only myself and my friend on board! the pilots opened the 2 sliding doors at
35 GRZ-AIR : My mom flew out of Kansas city this summer on a MD-80 and she was the only one on board..they even skipped a landing because nobody was to enter the
36 D-AQUI : On several occasions until Sabena's collapse on the 20.40h flight on sunday evenings from SXB to BRU with 5 passengers. Also the 14.15 SN-flight on 22
37 Djcrooks : I was the only passenger in F class on a 757 from Tegucigalpa, Honduras to Miami on AA one time. I must say, the service was excellent!
38 B737-700 : Around 40 persons aboard a Canada 3000 B757-200 flight from Vancouver via Calgary and Keflavik to Stuttgart. That was a lot of fun, too as I had a ro
39 Lewis : ATH-BKK on board a 747-200 of Olympic Airways in 1994. Only 83 pax onboard with me and my brother being the sole occupants of U/D and Section A busine
40 BJMEL : 18 months ago I travelled SQ from SIN-LHR on the 744. The captain told me there were 4 pilots, 17 cabin crew and just 74 passengers...
41 Serge : On a United 737-500 from DEN to BIL there were only 25 passengers on board. I got my own row of 3 seats of course, along with everyone else that wante
42 Fly_emirates : I was flying from Frankfurt to Dubai at 24th of june 2000 and the cabin at coach had onle 10 pasengers on an A340! wow, that was some thing such a nic
43 SQ772 : Flew SQ KHI to SIN in 2000. Only passenger in PCL. Real cool. meal service completed in less than 30 min and I reclined for a good sleep till I touche
44 Post contains images Vh-EBV : 19th May this year; flying with Aer Lingus DUB-CDG on a B734 I was the only passenger in business class (29 empty seats I think). Great service from t
45 Tg 747-300 : I have never had the opportunity to fly on such empty flights, but I would realy love to. Most of my flights have been packed (some flights maybe as l
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