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The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 5:01 am

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.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 5:03 am

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

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 5:13 am

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!
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 5:30 am

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.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 8:31 am

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.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 8:39 am

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

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

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 9:55 am

Last March flew Monday morning
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then connected
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I Was The Only One

Sat Dec 01, 2001 10:01 am

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.
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RE: I Was The Only One

Sat Dec 01, 2001 10:22 am

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.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 10:43 am

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.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 10:45 am

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.

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 11:10 am

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

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 11:13 am

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.

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 11:52 am

Me and 7 others. TWA 757 IND-STL.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 12:07 pm

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.

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 1:04 pm

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.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 1:24 pm

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.


RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 1:50 pm

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.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 4:59 pm

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!
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sat Dec 01, 2001 5:27 pm

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.

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Onboard L1011

Sat Dec 01, 2001 6:46 pm

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.

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sun Dec 02, 2001 3:26 am

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.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sun Dec 02, 2001 3:48 am

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.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sun Dec 02, 2001 4:14 am

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.

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Sun Dec 02, 2001 6:00 am

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.


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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Wed Dec 05, 2001 8:25 pm

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 France that night... Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Wed Dec 05, 2001 8:54 pm

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 Athens. But this one was heavily overbooked.

So we didn´t get seats and together with another woman we were 4 who couln´t go on Olympic.

My dad started talking to our tour operator, german company TUI (or one of its subsidiaries) to bring us back.

We were lucky. Hapag-Lloyd had an aircraft (B737-200) that was scheduled to fly Athens to Munich empty.
They called up Hapag-Lloyd and asked for that plane to fly us from SKG to DUS. And the agent succeeded.
The aircraft made a ferry flight from ATH to SKG and we boarded the empty plane. I spent almost the whole flight to Düsseldorf right in the cockpit. There was no catering but it didn´t matter!

One of the greatest flights ever. But i was sorry for the crew for flying extra time because they had to fly the aircraft from Düsseldorf to Munich afterwards!!!
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Wed Dec 05, 2001 10:25 pm

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 flight of the night, but the flight leaving before mine had been delayed due to weather. It ended up leaving about 10 minutes before mine. For some reason Southwest put most of the people on my flight on the other flight that left 10 minutes earlier.

The rest of us were put on the second flight. There were 11 of us. I think they were originally going to put me on the earlier flight, too, but I was traveling on a rapid rewards ticket and I remember the one gate agent telling the other, "Oh he's rapid reward - I'll just put him on yours".I really enjoyed the flight and I remember one of the flight attendants sat down in my row in the aisle seat and we chatted for about 15 minutes, speculating on what the next new city would be. (One of my favorite Southwest topics  Smile)

When I flew home for Thanksgiving on 11/19/2001, there were only 29 people on my Southwest flight. That's the only two times I've ever flown Southwest that there wasn't a second boarding group.

Pan Am stopped flying to Mid America Airport 2 days ago. This article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the last flight mentions that there were only 2 passengers aboard.

Pan Am quietly ends service to Mid America Airport


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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Wed Dec 05, 2001 10:41 pm

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 helicopter of Malta Air Charter on a domestic service between MLA (Malta) and GZM (Gozo) - The only domestic service on the islands. Just my daughter and myself. Crew - One stewardess and two pilots.
As operating crew: Many ferry flights. But recently we went to FCO (Rome) with two pax on board
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Wed Dec 05, 2001 10:46 pm

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 were put on First Class. We're lucky and usually get First Class on all our travels but on these occasions, First class was COMPLETELY empty ;it was only my parents and I in First class which was GREAT!

I think back then there were 24 seats in F. Which is why it was so much easier to get on back then.

The only dif is if there are no commercial pax on F, we get J class food, which isn't that bad! (heh)

I remember one flight from CHC-SIN on a 744 in 1998 I think, we were on a plane with 16 seats in first class. 15 staff and their families, plus ONE paying passenger. it was because of that sole paying passenger that we got the full First Class meal service!

And besides our family, the other families had kids who were about eight or nine. They were well behaved. But it was weird seeing 6 adults, 2 teenagers and 8 children on First Class. That lone paying pax must have been wondering why on earth there were so many casual family travellers on First!

Unfortunately, that parent doesn't work in SIA anymore. *sob* We sit at the back all the time now! haha.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Wed Dec 05, 2001 10:46 pm

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 they came.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Wed Dec 05, 2001 10:55 pm

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 fantastic...

She was on Jugoslav Airlines flight from New York JFK to Belgrade BEG in 1990, on DC-10-30, with her two kids and one more gentleman...

Totaly, 2 adults + 2 infants on the flight... funny...

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Wed Dec 05, 2001 11:20 pm

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 morning flight back to LHR the next day, it had a huge Club Europe cabin. However, myself and the eleven other passengers were all in economy - we were then asked to sit up front (if we wanted to...). A very easy flight for the cabin crew who provided excellent service.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Wed Dec 05, 2001 11:34 pm

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 the entire way. They threw out our seat assignments and told us to sit forward of row nine, in order to trim the plane out for the storms. That was one wild ride, almost like a roller coaster. The 737-200 has a nice takeoff when empty. On another flight, ATL-BWI (yes, another Metrojet), there were about 15 pax total. We weren't boarded by row number; we could get on whenever we wanted. Great flight. We got two drink services and I had a row to myself. I only wish the flight were longer.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Wed Dec 05, 2001 11:39 pm

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 the back of the "cockpit! (anyone who has been on a 360 will know what i mean!) and we were allowed to stand there for most of the 20-25 minute flight!
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Wed Dec 05, 2001 11:59 pm

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 plane on the second airport either..they just passed and went on to Clt. Wasnt really great because she is a nervous flyer..hehe!!

When I joined it was still free, haha ;).
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Thu Dec 06, 2001 1:48 am

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. June 2001 from BRU to SXB on a 737-529 with only five pax.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Thu Dec 06, 2001 4:19 am

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!

RE: The Loneliest Flight

Thu Dec 06, 2001 5:05 am

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 row of three seats for me on a longhaul.

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Thu Dec 06, 2001 5:49 am

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 business class. It was fun.

RE: The Loneliest Flight

Thu Dec 06, 2001 7:45 am

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...
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Thu Dec 06, 2001 8:07 am

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 wanted one. It was weird though, because I was sitting in the middle of the cabin and there was only one person behind me.

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Thu Dec 06, 2001 8:13 am

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 nice quite flight
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Thu Dec 13, 2001 5:40 pm

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 touched down in SIN. Well rested.
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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Thu Dec 13, 2001 6:10 pm

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 the friendly cabin crew! And I still sat on the wrong side to see the Paris sky line as we came into land  Crying

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RE: The Loneliest Flight

Thu Dec 13, 2001 6:14 pm

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 low as 60%)
So how do you manage? Do you fly at special times or.
I was especially facinated by the flight to BKk with only 12 pax.

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