NW 747-100 Gatwick to Boston, Feb 1991. About 20 pax. Nice. Also Olympic 737-400 LHR
to Athens (the overnight one that leaves about 10 and arrives ATH
about 4am) with 3 pax, and (like someone above) we were all seated together, in 1A, 1B and 1C (economy seats). Cheers, moronic seat allocation person. It didn't take long for us to head in three seperate directions. Also enjoyed my only 747SP ride with a very, shall we say, SELECT group - about 30 on Mandarin Airlines from Taipei to Sydney.
It's not that unusual to get a centre row of four on a widebody, but you know you're on an empty flight when you get a block of three including a window to yourself. You get to stretch out and sleep almost flat, but your head is by the window and the first thing you see when you wake up is the sky / ground / sunrise etc. Getting the window + 2 to myself is the very best flying experience there is, I've had it on NW LGW
(see 1st para), VS LHR
and maybe four other longhauls. Also on shorthaul (ie EZY LGW
, SR LHR
-Basle) but you don't tend to take your shoes off and lie flat and sleep on a 50 minute flight.
Some guy was in the news in the UK a few years ago cos his BA
flight from JFK
was delayed by 15 hours, and there was a couple of later BA
747s with enough empty seats to accomodate everyone, except this one guy (probably a visitor to Airliners.net) who preferred to take the original flight, and he was the only one onboard. The picture in the paper was him in a first class seat, and a big teddy bear for his daughter he bought shopping in NY. Aw.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz