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How Empty Was Your Flight?

Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:22 am

Most of the time when flying either in Europe or worldwide, the planes I travel on are nearly always full - great for the airline! On rare occasions the seat next to me may remain unoccupied - Bonus... Once flying in Upper Class from HKG - LHR the 3 of us had the whole cabin to ourselves. The question is, as a fare paying passenger, what is the emptiest the cabin has been on your flight. Don't forget to mention aircraft type and flight.
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:40 am

USAir, June 1988 SFO-LAS on a 737: Completely empty except for me and my family (Me, Mom, Dad, 2 sisters) in coach and 2 businessmen in 1st. A United HNL-SFO was on a sever mechanical delay which caused a major misconnect for all the Hawaiian's going to Vegas (this included my Grandma, and 2 aunts). Our flight was oversold but ended up going out with only 7 passengers, 4F/As and 2 pilots. I was only 5 at the time but remember this flight vividly as the F/A's showered me and my sister with an endless supply of candy and spent most of the flight just 'chillin' with my mom and baby sister (6 months old) while my dad videotaped the empty plane.

Delta 632, May 8, 2005 HNL-SFO on a 764: I was non-reving on a Buddy Pass and this plane was EMPTY. All the non-revs were cleared in to 1st which was only 1/3 full. The total load was 37 passengers out of 286 seats. I was alone in row 2 of 1st and just slept after getting my snack. GREAT service from these DL F/As on a very empty (QUIET) flight.

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Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:39 am

DL flight from SAN to PHX in 1999. 757 with 20 souls on board (including crew). Aircraft departed runway 9 and leapt off just as the wing passed over the 3rd marker, indicating only approximately 3,000 feet of runway had been used.
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:47 am

Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 2):
Delta 632, May 8, 2005 HNL-SFO on a 764: I was non-reving on a Buddy Pass and this plane was EMPTY. All the non-revs were cleared in to 1st which was only 1/3 full. The total load was 37 passengers out of 286 seats. I was alone in row 2 of 1st and just slept after getting my snack. GREAT service from these DL F/As on a very empty (QUIET) flight.

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Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:05 pm

on an 20hundred hours something flight from LGA2CVG, i was onboard a comair crj, and there were only five pax, and the crew. was great, we took off over the Bronx and could see Time Square all lit up. sniff...i miss home.

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Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:01 pm

I flew SN (Sabena at the time) EWR-BRU on the 13th of November, 2000. Load was around 30% in an A340. It was very nice, as I had a whole middle row for myself, so I had an excellent lie-flat bed!
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:06 pm

I flew AF on an A321 from CDG to LHR once on a Saturday evening and was one of only about five people on the plane. I was the only one in business class.
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:06 pm

The emptiest flight I was ever on was

13-May-90 SA 235 SAA B747-300 ZS-SAU LHR JNB

There can't have been more than 50 people on the whole plane, maybe 30 in Y, I was supposed to be sitting on the upper deck, but they moved everyone downstairs so they didn't need to put crew and catering upstairs - I had a whole row to myself, it was great.
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:10 pm

I once flew on a Swissair MD 11 SIN-BOM-ZRH. It was December 31 and we only were 7 people in the business class with 67 seats.
 
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:32 pm

MH BKK-KUL with 50 pax
DL DCA-ATL with 15
DL CVG-DCA with 3
DL LAX-HNL with 42
MH EWR-ARN with 67
CI LAX-TPE with 84
SV JED-BKK with 48

and quite a few more, but I can pretty much keep memories of very empty
flights I have been on
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:39 pm

September 28, 1983.

YYZ-YQT-YWG (Toronto-Thunder Bay-Winnipeg)
Nordair 737-200

Flight was full to YQT.

I was the sole passenger on the last leg to Winnipeg.

1/108....not bad.
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:41 pm

30-SEP-1987 - United 737-200 N9038U FLL-MIA, total pax on board 3 including me (was a continuation on a IAD-FLL-MIA trip)

30-DEC-1990 - British Midland ATP G-BMYK BHX-EMA, total pax on board 6 including five staff non-revs and only one paying pax who got off in BHX by mistake so the flight was delayed whilst she was located and reboarded (was a continuation on a LHR-BHX-EMA trip)

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Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:44 pm

London LHR - Zurich ZRH onboard Swissair MD-11. Was shearing the entire Business Class with another guy  Smile

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Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:45 pm

15 passengers on a BA 757 from EDI to LHR, last flight of the day. When airbourne informed that we could sit where we liked, I was already there and I did not see anyone move, inflight service perfect. I know its only and hour.
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:06 pm

Two different occasions both on KF - Blue1 (back then called AirBotnia) HEL-GOT:

- I was only passenger o/b (non-rev)
... the service from the nice f/a's were superb! Big grin One of them chatted with me the whole flight  Wink

- Me and two SK employees only passengers o/b (all non-rev)
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:15 pm

For me it was in 85. New York Air SAV-RDU. DC-9-30, 3 F/A, 2 Flight Crew, 1 pax.
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:29 pm

It might not count as it was a charter flight on behalf of a tour operator in the 1980s. I flew in a Britannia 737-204Adv from PMI to LGW via Luton. There were about 30-40 passengers from PMI to Luton. On the hop from Luton to LGW my companion and I were the only passengers left - a whole 737 to ourselves (albeit the flight was only 15 minutes or so).

I remember that I asked a cabin crew member why they were flying the plane with just us two when it surely would be cheaper to send us down to LGW by taxi. I cannot remember her exact words but basically the 737 had to go to LGW to be positioned for the next flight.
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 10:06 pm

DTW-YYZ on a NW CRJ with around 10 people on board
 
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Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:19 pm

BA2724 LGW-MUC B737-400 G-DOCZ October 2004 - Around 30% full.
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Sat Apr 30, 2005 1:33 am

America West A-320 SAN-LAS, August 1997.

The plane went on mechanical and the passengers were rebooked on WN.
So it ended up being my wife and I and the crew.
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Sat Apr 30, 2005 2:02 am

Air France A 320-200 (F-GFKN) from CDG to DUS on January 10th, 2004. Only 8 persons incl. fellow A.netter TriStar500 and myself onboard, report is here.

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Sat Apr 30, 2005 2:59 am

HP 320

PHL-CMH (early morning in mid 1990s)

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Sat Apr 30, 2005 4:48 am

My parents have been the only passengers on a 737 and two of thirty on a 747 from DTW-Tokyo.

Personally I've been on a BA 747 from New York to London that had, at the most, 50 people on it.
 
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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Sat Apr 30, 2005 6:54 am

September 1999 NW MEM-DFW there was a total of about 7 people on that flight.
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Sat Apr 30, 2005 7:10 am

Mine would be an America West 757 from Newark to Phoenix in January of 1998. I want to say there were like 20 people on it.
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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:22 am

For me, December 23,2004 HP PHX-SFO: Only around 60-75 people onboard a 757 , with a nearly full First (where I sat. 13/16 seats filled) and a very empty Coach.
 
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Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:41 am

I flew on a Delta 727 from ORD to MSP in 1983. There were five passengers onboard.

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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Sat Apr 30, 2005 5:59 pm

I flew from Maracaibo to Caracas on a Viasa DC8 in 1978. I was the only pax to board at Maracaibo and there was only 1 other pax on board. I don't know which of us was more miffed at not having a whole aircraft to ourselves

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Sat Apr 30, 2005 7:07 pm

Easter day 1997, on a UA 727 ORD-ONT. Only 4 people on the plane, including myself. I was originally supposed to be there the night before, but that never happened due to not 1, but 2 DC-10s breaking at BWI.
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Sun May 01, 2005 4:24 am

Mid to late January 2005. From SKB to ANU on a Caribbean Sun Dash 8. Six passengers were on board, myself included, and 3 crew.
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Sun May 01, 2005 7:04 am

A MALEV 737 flight from Budapest. There was about 15 people on the 737-500 flight. There was no one in fist class so I asked the the FA if I could sit there. She agreed but said that I would get no FirstClass meal just the coach meal she even apologized!!!! I thought to myself, lady if you only knew where I come from the land of Southwest and LCCs where you get peanuts for 3 hour flights. I was surprised that no one else tried to sit first class.
 
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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Sun May 01, 2005 11:28 am

EVA AIR B767-200 SUB - TPE about 38 pax only
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Sun May 01, 2005 2:52 pm

Back a few years, UA sent a DC-10 from ORD-ANC-ORD during the tourist season. Did the run from ORD-ANC in early September once, end of the season. I asked at the gate about an upgrade and the agent said, don't waste your miles or certificates.

There were 38 pax on the flight.

Five days later that flight was suspended for the season. Usual in ANC. Miss those DC-10s.
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Mon May 02, 2005 10:48 am

A day or two after Iraq invaded Kuwait, in August 1990 I flew SYD-SIN with QF in a 767, I guess a -200 back then. There were only a couple of dozen people on board, we all got to eat first-class meals. I still have the menu somewhere.
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Mon May 02, 2005 3:02 pm

Posted this before but it seems to have got lost!

QF 21 SYD-NRT
28 December 2004
B747-338, (upgraded)
Y seats = 398, occupied seats = 138

I once heard a comment that there is nothing more comfortable in Y as a half full 747, they were right!!

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Mon May 02, 2005 5:35 pm

Air NZ, B733, AKL-WLG in 2003. Only about 70 passengers, and 3 crew. The flight was during the 'quiet' season
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Mon May 02, 2005 6:54 pm

The emptiest flight I've been on was a Lufthansa B744 flight from Mexico City to Frankfurt in the last days of December 2001. There were probably not more than 80 passengers on that flight.
 
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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Tue May 03, 2005 2:39 am

It was in June of 1977. I was flying DL from Tampa to Atlanta. I and nine other lucky passengers had an L1011 all to ourselves. First and last time I ever had my own personal flight attendant!!  bigthumbsup 
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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Tue May 03, 2005 9:12 am

I know this doesn't even come close to the emptiest flights on this forum, but I think it is worth mentioning. On March 28, 2005, I was on an Air France flight from Vienna to Paris (Charles de Gaule). It was an A320 and it was literally half empty. The seats up to the wings (from the front to the wings) were filled and from the wings to the back it was ALL empty. I was traveling with an exchange student group from America to Austria during spring break. There were about 16 of us in my group and after take off, we all went to the back and slept for the entire flight which lasted about 2 hours. The FAs were nice to let us do that because I've heard that it is dangerous to sleep like that on three seats while the plane is in flight (no seatbelt I guess?).
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Tue May 03, 2005 12:11 pm

Feb 2003- Iah-phl CO 737300 or 500 20 passangers, 12 stand-by 6 being my family,

May 2nd- spent the whole day at MCO waiting for some availible seats for 5 people along with another like 100 non-revs, all flights were over booked any ways , finally at 5 we boarded 5 o clock departure for ewr, 757200 no empty seats, if we didnt get on that flight we were going to go 6 20 Mco-iah, next day Iah-ewr. What a day.

Getting ready for next weekends Ewr-tpa flight looking tight on the way home though
 
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Tue May 03, 2005 1:17 pm

March 2002--EWR-CPH, SAS redeye on an A340. Probably 45-50 people. Got a whole center row to myself. With the armrests raised it made a bed...that and the excellent SAS service made for a terrific flight.

Had a UE Saab340 IAD-ROA once that was half full. Didn't really make adifference since the place was so small.

Other than that, all my other flights have been close to, if not completely full.
 
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Tue May 03, 2005 3:38 pm

In 1993, from DFW to SJC after two rain delays (in and out of DFW). I guess it had about 15 pax, which felt much emptier on a MD11 (when SJC was a AA hub).

The most memorable moment was when a F/A came to ask us if we had change for $20  yes .
 
A330Fan1
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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Tue May 03, 2005 7:45 pm

Probably back in summer 1999 when I was flying LHR-LAX on BA in Econ...there weren't many people at all. Aside from us three, I think there were maybe 15 other people, max, in the section. Don't know bout the rest of the cabin, but I don't remember seeing many others walk in after me!
 
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Wed May 04, 2005 1:34 am

In September 1999 when flying from Helsinki to Stockholm with Finnair on a legendary DC9. Myself and four other passengers, great flight!!
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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Wed May 04, 2005 2:02 am

Returning from LGW to MAN last Wed, there were less than 40 pax on Jet2's B737. Although this is often a quiet flight, there are normally more than this.
 
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Wed May 04, 2005 2:26 am

There were 15 of us on a United 744 from LHR to IAD in Jan, I had the whole row to myself!! haha
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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Thu May 05, 2005 7:47 am

I was on a WN flight between SJC-RNO, and we had 7 people in total. My family and I accounted for 4 of the 7. Had a great conversation with the pilot afterwards also.
 
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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Fri May 06, 2005 4:42 am

I was on a Mesaba flight from MSP-HIB on a Saab 340. The flight was originally supposed to have a stop at DLH first, then on to HIB. There was bad weather so the DLH part got cancelled and I ended up being the only person from MSP-HIB. Nice. Just me and the f/a.
 
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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Fri May 06, 2005 10:14 pm

April 1990.
LAX - FRA
LH B747-200 in Business class.
We were three persons and no one else was in the cabin.

Another one was 17th September 2001.
FRA - ORD
UA B747-400 in Economy.
We were the only three passengers in the cabin.
 
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RE: How Empty Was Your Flight?

Sat May 07, 2005 1:03 am

3rd September 1971, flying LGW-ANR with British Island Airways. Because this route was under use we at BCAL got 100% discount. I could see why!

On the way out, there were 5 of us on a Herald + 2 crew, and 2 F/A's. I was flying for free. On the way back there were 3 pax + 2 crew and 2 F/A's. Again, I was flying free. But I got really well fed in the 50 minutes it took to fly  Big grin

Had a really nice day in Antwerp though Big grin

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