Cessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 9420 times:
To ferry an aircraft is to fly it from point A to point B without it being a revenue flight. Only with the cabin crew on board. For example: When an airplane like a new Dash 8 Q400 comes out of the factory and is owned by lets say Emirates, it needs to be ferried from Montreal to Dubai, not necessarily by Emirates pilots, probably Canadair.
Or when an airplane, while still airworthy, needs to be flown over to a maintenance facility for repairs (althought not legally able to carry pax), the flight is called a ferry flight.