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Nearly empty flights

Old Aug 22, 11, 10:08 pm
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Nearly empty flights

While waiting for a flight at LAX on Sunday night I noticed the flight for Denver that showed only 14 people checked in for the flight within an hour of flight time. Board showed 224 seats available and 31 available for upgrade. This was flight 218 which I couldn't find in the United timetables?

What are the fewest passengers (# and %) that people have seen on a flight?

Also first try at inserting images, so hopefully this works...

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Old Aug 22, 11, 10:12 pm
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Old Aug 22, 11, 10:53 pm
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There was a flight a few years back LHR-??? (some EU destination... maybe GVA, BRU, ZRH... or something like that) That had several of the runs get everyone in F/C because of the light loads.
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Old Aug 22, 11, 10:57 pm
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Originally Posted by jhayes_1780 View Post
There was a flight a few years back LHR-??? (some EU destination... maybe GVA, BRU, ZRH... or something like that) That had several of the runs get everyone in F/C because of the light loads.
IIRC it was LHR-BRU.
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Old Aug 22, 11, 10:58 pm
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The Friday when all the US airports opened up after 9/11. Flying LAX-HKG...we had 2 in F, I think 5 in C and 50 or so in Y on a 747.....
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Old Aug 22, 11, 11:32 pm
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Originally Posted by dsquared37 View Post
IIRC it was LHR-BRU.
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Old Aug 22, 11, 11:32 pm
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Once flew on the Qantas service from LAX to JFK. About thirty people on board a 747. It was the day before Thanksgiving.
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Old Aug 22, 11, 11:41 pm
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I flew MAN-Dubai a couple days after Bush bombed Iraq.

Emirates 777 with around 16 pax IIRC. I recall the Captain suggesting we sit back relax and enjoy the 1:1 ratio of Crew to Pax
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Old Aug 22, 11, 11:44 pm
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Old Aug 22, 11, 11:47 pm
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Originally Posted by javabytes View Post
I have been the only one on a plane... and this was the day before Thanksgiving, no less...

What plane? If it was a small plane, it would make sense/not that surprising, quite a treat if it was like a 737 though!
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Old Aug 23, 11, 2:15 am
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Amazes me still to no end boarding an empty plane..

You would think with the airline marketing machines.. that they could make money somehow with the empty seats.. even though the planes need to go to another destination as a result of flight scheduling..
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Old Aug 23, 11, 2:45 am
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Originally Posted by Ancien Maestro View Post
Amazes me still to no end boarding an empty plane..

You would think with the airline marketing machines.. that they could make money somehow with the empty seats.. even though the planes need to go to another destination as a result of flight scheduling..
It may be because I tend to fly busier routes in general, but I don't think I've been on an EZY flight that was loaded less than 50%. Though it might well be that most of the passengers paid very little.

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Old Aug 23, 11, 8:22 am
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Has happened to me twice in the past year. Once flying MSP-HND about 4 days after the earthquake, maybe 50 people on a 747. Then a couple months later on delta's inagural BOS-LHR run, both ways were about 30 people on the whole plane.
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Old Aug 23, 11, 10:56 am
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ZERO PASSENGERS!

Oh wait, that was just a ferry flight for me.

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Old Aug 23, 11, 11:08 am
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I was the only one on the plane from FAT to VIS (Fresno to Visalia, CA) a few years ago on a United Express EMB-120 turboprop. Great in-flight service! ^
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