david b.
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Book All Seats Please

Sun Jun 16, 2002 1:08 pm

Have there ever been a time in aviation when a pax or a small number of pax booked all seats on a aircraft? Im not talking about the usual number of pax, just two or three. That would be really funny if it were to happen. Would an airline allow people to do that? I mean, they are not losing any money. The people paied for all the seats. A "private" 747 Big grin Sounds neat.
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RE: Book All Seats Please

Sun Jun 16, 2002 1:23 pm

I remember the news media throwing around that as a conspiracy theory shortly after 9/11 - in wondering why the flights that the hijackers picked were so empty.

But I'm sure the airline would allow you to do it if your credit check comes back good and the payment goes through. Would it really be that fun though? Nothing special really...just a whole bunch of empty seats. I'd rather take a large bizjet airliner like the BBJ or A319CJ with far more luxurious accomodations.
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RE: Book All Seats Please

Sun Jun 16, 2002 1:27 pm

The only thing that I know is that I came across a cap of a party of 6 for booking a flight on AA.com..
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RE: Book All Seats Please

Sun Jun 16, 2002 2:29 pm

This is transcribed from a Vancouver Sun (http:\www.vancouversun.com)
article published on April 22, 1993.

Saudi in a hurry paid princely sum

PARIS -- A Saudi prince who couldn't wait for the next plane paid Air France
$295,000 CDN to charter a Concorde to the United States, an airline official
said Wednesday.

The prince, whose name was kept confidential, was late for the daily 11 a.m.
supersonic flight from Paris to New York on Jan. 26 because of a traffic
jam, the official said.

A Boeing 747 was scheduled two hours later, but would have taken 4 1/2 hours longer than the 3 1/2-hour Concorde flight, she said.

Wanting to connect quickly with his personal 747 awaiting him in New York
for a flight to Los Angeles, he paid Air France in traveller's cheques to
charter a Concorde for him and his 19 member entourage.

The price covered the cost of the round trip, the official said.

A Concorde and crew was quickly pressed into service for the special fight.
The captain was dressed in street clothes instead of his uniform because of
the short notice.

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RE: Book All Seats Please

Sun Jun 16, 2002 4:27 pm

Money talks! Pay their price, and you can pretty much get whatever you want. Charters happen all the time, and there are plenty of websites that will give you a quote right over the Internet (run a search on a.net). It would most likely be more cost effective to just arrange a charter than to "book all the seats". As a sidenote, I remember hearing a story a few years ago about people who would fraudulently book up all seats on a flight with bogus names.
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