Dragogoalie From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1996 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
Minty From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1958 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!
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1934 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.
Aussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1767 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1779 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.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6462 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1775 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.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
Twa902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3163 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1754 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.
life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
Ahlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1711 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.
Iluvwestjet From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1688 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.
BLACK BOX From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1675 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.
NorthwestCRJ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1662 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.
Airpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 972 posts, RR: 25
Reply 18, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1641 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!
AC340 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1550 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.
Gibberish From Switzerland, joined Sep 2000, 424 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1544 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.
Art at ISP From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1525 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
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