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Delta (Sort Of) Gave a Passenger His Own Private Jet

Delta (Sort Of) Gave a Passenger His Own Private Jet
Jennifer Billock

[Update: Turns out, Vincent Peone didn’t get a flight all to himself. Turns out, the plane that he was on never took off. Delta has confirmed that “Delta Connection flight 3652 last week pushed back but shortly returned to the gate due to a maintenance issue. The aircraft departed a short time later without any customers on board.”]

Have you ever gotten a whole row on a plane to yourself? What about an entire plane to yourself? It recently happened to one lucky passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight from Aspen to Salt Lake City; the passenger, a director from New York, made an entertaining video to go along with his solo flight.

Passenger Vincent Peone lucked into a pretty spectacular Delta flight last week when he got to the boarding gate and discovered he wouldn’t just have a full row to himself—he’d have the entire plane to himself. Peone is a New York-based director who once worked for, and pretty understandably, he made a funny video documenting the entire experience. A few things the video showed:

  • The flight was full of sandbags. Since he was the only passenger, the plane was severely underweight—so they had to load on sandbags to equal out the weight.
  • He got personalized announcements, with the flight attendants addressing him by name during boarding and the safety presentation.
  • He got to meet the pilots—apparently one of the perks of being the sole passenger.
  • He was able to sit anywhere he wanted, not just in his assigned seat. “I was tempted to try to set a record to sit in every single seat for like, two minutes on the flight so that I could actually sit everywhere,” he told USA Today. “But I didn’t feel that ambitious.”

Delta was amused by the whole experience as well, tweeting at him after he posted the video, “That looks like an awesome experience! Thank you for the shoutout, and we truly appreciate you for choosing Delta!”


[Featured Image: Twitter/ @vincentpeone]

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  1. FreedomAir

    August 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Over a decade ago, I was the sole passenger on a UA flight where they had an empty plane making a run to deliver leftover baggage. As luck would have it they oversold my original flight which had much luggage that was supposed to be loaded onto the first plane but never made it, so bumped me on this ride, with compensation to boot, it was a good day :)

  2. pagophilus

    August 13, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Why exactly was the plane too light? Never heard of such a thing.

  3. Barrheadlass

    August 14, 2019 at 2:44 am

    I’ve had a row all to myself twice, including 3 weeks ago on a Bos to Edi flight. Had one a few years ago on a Rome to Boston flight too on Alitalia…

  4. zarkov505

    August 14, 2019 at 7:27 am

    it is called a prepositioning flight.

    The airplane is at Point A and is needed at Point B. It has to fly from Point A to Point B. Usually, this happens as part of normal scheduling, but SOMETIMES an empty airplane has to be moved. FAA regulations require a full crew (pilots and flight attendants) to be aboard, but the airplane may otherwise be empty. If it is empty, it may be necessary to load ballast (sandbags) to get the weight and balance correct.

    And, once in a while, the exigencies of air travel and irregular operations and whatnot will result in a single passenger, or a few passengers, riding along on a prepositioning hop, because that’s the only way to get them to their destination in time.

    A friend of mine did a ride like this some years back. IRROPS, bad karma, and the guy in front of him had just thrown a monster DYKWIA screaming hissy fit at the gate agent. My friend saw that the agent was upset, and went into calm, gentle, “I’m not in a huge hurry, take a moment and relax” mode, and got her back to feeling good. He then explained his situation. The GA thought for a moment, and then put him on a prepositioning flight. My friend still says that the real key was being NICE to the GA instead of screaming his head off.

  5. miami888

    August 14, 2019 at 8:44 am

    About 12 years ago on a USAirways flight Orlando MIAMI….. arrived at gate 15 mins before departure…… “Are you Mr.**?” yes…….. we are waiting for you….. walked directly to the plane on tarmac….. pilots staring at me….. walked up stairs….. and! I was the ONLY ONE on the plane….. pretty funny to see FA doing the predeparture drills …. ONLY for me! a bit odd I will say

  6. OZFLYER86

    August 14, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    we all know that Aspen is over the top expensive place to ski, but it must also be in summer. We don’t ski at Aspen, as Copper Mt 2 hours down the road, is much much cheaper & much much better. No figjammers allowed at Copper Mt & Aspen is full of them.

    & there are insanely cheap special deals right now for Copper. Lift tickets up to 94% off from $37 for an adult for a day lift pass, with 4 kdis free. Beat that Aspen.

  7. OZFLYER86

    August 14, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    once was on standby from Chicago to Denver. The flight I was trying to get on was full, but check in staff said don’t worry, there’s another flight in 30 mins with plenty of seats. She wasn’t kidding.

    Up rolled a approx 300 seat B777 & there were more flight attendants than passengers.

  8. shady

    August 16, 2019 at 4:02 am

    Nothing is going to beat the guy who flew all alone in SQ A380.

  9. Petdog

    August 16, 2019 at 1:57 pm

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