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Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:51 am

The question is pretty simple: What is the lowest load factor on any flight you have been on? I would like to exclude corporate, charter, and other small commercial flights. We are talking airline flights, and and not just one cabin, but the whole plane. For me, I would guess it would be a TWA flight between SRQ and PBI (it had come from STL), and there was about 10 people on the entire MD80. About a 10-13% load factor. So what about your flights?
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:50 am

About 40-50 people on a B747-200 between MUC and HAM... it was one of the last flights on the route operated by SAA - and most passengers had left the plane at MUC.
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:06 am

During the summer of 1987 Continental experimented with non-stop flights between Papeete (PPT) and Honolulu (HNL). My uncle and I were on board the innaugual flight between PPT and HNL on a DC-10. One of the flight attendants informed us that there were 36 passesngers on the plane. The plane itself had 37 rows of seats. Less than one passenger per row. Sweet.
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:30 am

HOU-SAT on WN. It was a morning flight and about 20 people were on it.
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:40 am

I flew from PHL to SJU on 9/11/02 and I was one of about 20 people on the flight. It was strange not seeing anyone on a A333 in my entire section.
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:45 am

Mde-Bog on a morning flight Avianca MD-80 with 15 passengers, well 10 minutes later a full Avianca 757 departured also to BOG.... were the only passengers in business this day, great service including a big hot breakfast on a 40 minutes flight! including eggs on order.
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:14 pm

I was the sole passenger on a Frontier Convair 580 flight between Dallas and Lawton, Oklahoma in July, 1976.
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:23 pm

When I was a kid, I recall being on a WN flight from STL to MDW. There were about 7 people, including my family on the 732. I loved the rear facing seats. Big grin
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:35 pm

CPT-FRA on a 742, the leg from JNB-CPT was packed but when we left CPT we had about 50 pax on board, wonderful!
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 3:35 pm

Me and my Spouse were the only ones on an America West A-320 from SAN to LAS.
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:52 pm

on my flight KIX-CHC-AKL onboard an NZ 772 it had 150 spare seats in economy...It wasn't much busier in U or C either. I had a row to myself, noone in front of me and noone for 3 rows behind me on either side of the aisle.
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:31 pm

About 40 passengers on a UA 744 flight from LHR to IAD, was great had the entire row to myself!

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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:50 pm

It was on a Saab 340 from BOS - PQI on former BEX. The only pax on bord were another guy and me. Recieved best service ever.

And on transatlantic we were 32 pax on the entire Aircraft. It was DL 90 from ZRH-JFK on a A-310.
Great service too.

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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:08 am

I don''t have dates but heres a few.....

a TWA MD 80 with 12 people on a STL-DTW run
CO COnnect B1900 CLE-LAN 3 people
Comair EM-120 CVG-LAN 5 people
A NW 757 ORD-DTW apx 30 people
Simmons YS 11 MBS-ORD 9 people and I was in a group of three
CO 737-100 MBS-CLE 12-15 people and I was in a group of three
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:01 pm

here are a few flight just off the top of my head:

XJ flight from TOL-DTW (SF340) I was the only one on board
NW flight from SRQ-DTW(A320) I think there were only 25 or 26 of us
CoExpress flight from TOL-CLE(BE19) I was one of 4 pax on board
OH flight from tol-cvg (CR7) I was one of 7 pax

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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:02 pm

A United 727 from MSY to IAH with six passengers, and United Express from CEC to ACV, I was it. A TWA 747 from LHR to LAX somewhere around 30, and the last flight from SJU to DFW on a AA 757, just a handful.
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Sat Oct 28, 2006 4:19 pm

CVG-MSP on a DL 732. Four passengers total.

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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:33 pm

In Jan 2005 I was on a Delta Connection flight from ILM to ATL. There were 3 passengers and 3 crew. That's probably the emptiest flight I've ever been on
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:57 pm

Continental 747 to SYD (yes a long time ago) with just 56 passengers. Great service and really friendly crew.

Qantas flight to SYD, a daylight flight that had just started. Total pax 70 with 30 of those being airline staff trying to get to Oz. The most unfriendliest crew ever, should have been sweet as they did not have to work hard!!!
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:07 pm

AA 772 DFW > NRT about 35 pax (April 2003 SARS).
NW DC9 ex. SAT about 15 pax. (excellent TO power).
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:58 pm

One of 19 people on a Northwest MD-80 about three weeks ago from DTW to IND. Nice thing about taking a flight at 09:00 on a Sunday morning.
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Sun Oct 29, 2006 12:23 am

Austrian (OS) Fokker 70 (or 100? can't remember exactly),
BRU-VIE in the end of August 2006.

Business: 2 Passengers
Economy: 4 Passengers

felt pretty empty indeed,
don't know why they didn't downgrade to a Canadair RegionalJet for example, maybe not avaliable that day.
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Sun Oct 29, 2006 12:54 am

April of 2000, BOS-ATL on an FL 717. A total of 11 passengers. They had us all sit up in Business Class.

When I was working for ASA @ ATL, we had the last ATL-MCN flight of the day using the EMB-120 that usually went with no more than 5 passengers. It left (IIRC) around 2345, but many times it was sent out early since everyone was onboard. At least once a week, we'd send the plane out empty. The typical passenger load was 3 passengers. The flight had to be sent out, as the a/c being sent to MCN was scheduled for a maintenance check at the maintenance base EV has @ MCN.
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Sun Oct 29, 2006 2:05 am

Quoting Bwohlgemuth (Reply 20):
One of 19 people on a Northwest MD-80 about three weeks ago from DTW to IND. Nice thing about taking a flight at 09:00 on a Sunday morning.

Northwest DC-9.  Wink

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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:07 am

the first and last empty flight was crew of 7 people and 5 pax from Toronto to London on December 25th,1999.. Christmas Flight
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:35 am

LGA-YYZ, November 2002, roughly 30%. Air Canada, forget aircraft type.
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Mon Oct 30, 2006 1:51 pm

Quoting Bwohlgemuth (Reply 20):
One of 19 people on a Northwest MD-80 about three weeks ago from DTW to IND. Nice thing about taking a flight at 09:00 on a Sunday morning.

Shrink it  Wink The only thing in the NW fleet that looks like an MD-80 is a DC-9-50
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:37 pm

ORK-LGW with U2 on or around 15 May this year - 3 passengers on the return leg including yours truly!
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:48 pm

I flew LHR-DOH on August 2nd 2005, the flight was around 20% full on the A330-300 mainly due to the mourning period of King Fahd  Smile

I then flew the route a month later and it was around 90% full  Smile

I love flying on empty flights Big grin

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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:36 pm

My flights have mostly been pretty full. A few come to mind that were about 2/3 full:

NW B752 Nov.2003 DCA-MSP
SY B738 Aug.2006 MSP-PHX
And about 3 of my 6 Frontier flights (the other three were full) between PHX-DEN or MSP-DEN or vice-versa. My flights tend to be pretty full overall, even though the typical load factor on a U.S. domestic flight is about 75%.
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:01 pm

DEL - SIN

Only about 30 - 40 in economy
and only about 3/12 in business class on
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:54 pm

If anyone is on todays flight NZ39 HKG-LHR they win. 21 pax in Y on a 744.... sweeet..
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:26 pm

I was once on DL flying BOG-ATL, there were about 100 on the 757.

Never had truly empty flights though...
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:40 am

I was on an Air Southwest flight late one evening, we had a total of three people onboard the Dash8. It was a very rough night, lots of bad weather and it felt quite strange, skimming the trees at 4000ft from Newquay to Plymouth.

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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:00 am

Mine was in 2001 on RG with an MD11 out of LAX to LIM. The entire plane had about 30 people on it. That is it! 12 people in coach and that was all of my friends that were traveling with me!
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:08 am

On Delta From JFk changing planes at SLC and on to LAS. The 757 from JFK to SLC was packed. The 767 from SLC to LAS had 22 passengers on board.
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:35 am

2 people...on a 734 from ANC-FAI...we were both non revs....that musta hurt AS!
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:41 am

Quoting Bwohlgemuth (Reply 20):
One of 19 people on a Northwest MD-80 about three weeks ago from DTW to IND.

Yeah problem, NW doesn't have any MD-80's.
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:33 am

MIA-LGA on DL (E 170):

1 passenger in C-class
5 passengers in Y-class
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:43 am

In terms of size of aircraft:

RIC-BOS on a US ERJ-145 - 6 pax
BOS-LGA on a US A319 - 23 pax (FC was full)
BRU-LHR on a BD A320 - 23 pax (3 in C, 20 in Y)
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:26 am

Quoting AerorobNZ (Reply 31):

I thought this flight was being flown by 777. Still a light load though. Not enough advertising here in the UK about this new route.
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:02 pm

Back in 2001 QF used to operate the 743 from SYD-Melbourne then onto some airport in Rome when they used to fly there.

anyway, this flight was about 3 hours late so all other passengers were transferred onto the 767 however we refused.

So, there were about 40 people on the whole 743.. I remember having sushi and going in the Flightdeck and catching up to an Impulse 717 Big grin
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:09 pm

About 30 passengers on a Swiss Air 747-357 from BOS to PHL. The flight originated in Zurich, and most people deplaned in BOS.

Another was on an Iberia 767 from BCN-JFK... this was on Sept. 29, 2001. I don't know the exact number of pax.. but it was very low.
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:57 pm

I remember a couple of red-eye flights: on one of my several FCO-MXP flights with AZ MD super 80, an early afternoon flight (actually no more operated), there were something like 30 people on board.
Later I was on a SN flight between BRU and MXP, operated with ARJ, and I counted 16 pax on board, including me and my brother. Also one of my most "peaceful" flight ever.

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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:28 am

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 37):
Yeah problem, NW doesn't have any MD-80's.

Maybe a -50 instead?

Mine lowest load was 9/20/01 from MIA-IAH had 5 passengers on the MD80.
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:21 am

Quoting Aussiestu (Reply 40):
I thought this flight was being flown by 777. Still a light load though. Not enough advertising here in the UK about this new route.

NZ1/2 is the 772 flight & 38/39 is the 744 flight. I agree with you, besides all the seats are used AKL-HKG, which makes availability harder for people AKL-LHR
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:27 am

Lowest i have had was 6 people on an AC 321 YYZ-PUJ (i think thats punta cana) Unfortunatly my camera was stolen (i left it in my room for the day) and no pictures it was deffinatly an interesting sight.
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:10 am

I was the only passenger on a Precision (Northwest Airlink) Do228 (19 seats) from MHT-LEB and again from LEB-EWR in 1992. In fact, we were supposed to have a scheduled stop at MHT on the way to EWR, but the pilots decided to skip the stop, since no one was getting on at MHT! Boarding was the pilot saying "Let's go!" to me once he re-filed the flight plan.
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:02 pm

My lowest load was a CX A330 from HKG-TPE and I was the only passenger. Sadly they moved me to the next flight for "operational reasons" but there were only 5 people on the 777 as well. (These were both red-eyes)
 
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RE: Lowest Load Factor On Your Flight

Thu Nov 02, 2006 2:19 pm

On the radio last year, I heard a Freedom air 737 commnig into Palmerston North with 8 POB

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