The Emptiest Flight

What is The emptiest flight you’ve ever been on? How many passengers would you estimate were on that flight? What were the circumstances or conditions that contributed to the fact that there were very few passengers on that flight? What were the origination and destination airports of that empty flight? Was it beneficial because you received special attention from the flight attendants, or did it seem rather eerie?

Not surprisingly, greater than one FlyerTalk member posted being the only passenger on a commercial flight. Of course, some frequent fliers would view this as the perfect Christmas present…

4 thoughts on “The Emptiest Flight”

  1. Ted S. says:

    It’s easy to find an empty Delta Shuttle flight. I was flying from BOS-LGA on the lats flight of the night in July 2008. There were 7 passengers on my MD-88, and we were restricted to the first few rows (we were given a row number but I forget) for proper weight distribution.

    I did not receive special attention, although I did get free alcohol in Economy; I don’t know if they do that, regularly. The plane was given a late wheels up time, too, so it turned out to be a lot of free alcohol.

  2. Ted S. says:

    It’s easy to find an empty Delta Shuttle flight. I was flying from BOS-LGA on the lats flight of the night in July 2008. There were 7 passengers on my MD-88, and we were restricted to the first few rows (we were given a row number but I forget) for proper weight distribution.

    I did not receive special attention, although I did get free alcohol in Economy; I don’t know if they do that, regularly. The plane was given a late wheels up time, too, so it turned out to be a lot of free alcohol.

  3. John Vercellino says:

    The emptiest flight I’ve ever been on was in the early 1990s, flying from LAX to ORD. I think there were six passengers on the flight, and it was on a UA 747-400. I’m not sure why they didn’t cancel the flight; I think they had to get the equipment to ORD for the next day.

    In those days, I would frequently make a round trip to and from LAX in a day. I’d leave at 7:00 AM CT and be able to make a late morning – early afternoon presentation or meeting, and then hop on a 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM flight to ORD. Flights were hourly both ways, and if you missed one, no big deal. There was always room on the next one!

  4. John Vercellino says:

    The emptiest flight I’ve ever been on was in the early 1990s, flying from LAX to ORD. I think there were six passengers on the flight, and it was on a UA 747-400. I’m not sure why they didn’t cancel the flight; I think they had to get the equipment to ORD for the next day.

    In those days, I would frequently make a round trip to and from LAX in a day. I’d leave at 7:00 AM CT and be able to make a late morning – early afternoon presentation or meeting, and then hop on a 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM flight to ORD. Flights were hourly both ways, and if you missed one, no big deal. There was always room on the next one!

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