The Lithuanian native was checking into his flight at Vilnius International Airport (VNO) when an attendant informed him that the Boeing 737 crew flying from Vilnius to Bergamo was waiting for him.
Something was definitely amiss because Strimaitis wasn’t late for his flight. But why would they wait?
Though the flight’s seating capacity is 189, the only bodies on board were Strimaitis, two pilots and five crew members.
“The crew seemed quite confused at first,” Strimaitis told CNN Travel. “Maybe it was a new experience for them as well.”
Most likely. It’s not a common occurrence and there isn’t a secret formula or hack to be one of the lucky few that get to enjoy an empty flight. In Strimaitis’ case, he purchased discounted tickets with a third-party tour operator, Novaturas. They chartered a flight from Bergamo to Vilnius for a group of clients that day and one-way return tickets were put on sale to avoid an empty flight back. However, Strimaitis was the only person to buy a ticket.
So what does one do on a two-hour, deserted flight?
“I was provided with a personal pre-flight safety demonstration. Then I just enjoyed the flight by taking selfies and writing. To have silence on a plane was very unusual. I was smiling all day,” said Strimaitis.
This man was the only passenger on a Boeing 737 to Italy. Skirmantas Strimaitis, a Lithuanian national, who was flying from Vilnius to Bergamo on March 16, was in for a shock when he discovered he had the entire Boeing 737-800 to himself. #Boeing #eNCA #ThursdayMotivation pic.twitter.com/w3nQyVov0K
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