Woman Has Entire Commercial Flight to Herself!

Written by on October 26, 2017 in Travel News

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We’ve all heard about — and maybe experienced — the stress of overbooked flights. But here’s a story about a way under-booked flight!

BBC News reports that Scottish author Karon Grieve paid £46 (about $60 USD) to fly Jet2 from Glasgow to Crete this past Sunday. But here’s the twist: she was the flight’s only passenger!

Only ten passengers were booked for the Greece-bound trip — but that number soon dwindled to just four. The other passengers didn’t show up — and Ms. Grieve enjoyed an entire airliner to herself.

She received a personalized safety demonstration (legal requirements and all) and narrated tour of the sights. “Every time [the captain] made an announcement, she said, ‘Hi there Karon, you’ll see Croatia on your left-hand side’, and then we flew through this amazing lightning storm and she suddenly came on and said, ‘Hi Karon and the girls, quickly run to the other side of the plane and look at this, it’s amazing.”

A Heavily Discounted Defacto Charter!

$60 is a pretty good fare for any flight. But considering that airline-size aircraft cost at least $17,000 an hour to charter, it’s safe to say Ms. Grieve received an especially great deal!

So Why Was the Flight So Empty?

This isn’t the first time a passenger has scored herself an entire airliner. Chinese passenger Zhang was the lone customer on a China Southern flight last year after she waited out a weather delay that inspired the flight’s original passengers to fly different itineraries.

So why was Ms. Grieve’s plane so empty.

According to the BBC:

A spokeswoman for Jet2 said: “This was our last flight to Crete from Glasgow Airport this year, marking the end of a very busy and successful season.

“We’re delighted that Karon got to experience our VIP customer service in style onboard our award-winning airline.

“It is not unusual for the final outbound flight of the season to have fewer bookings than normal, and the return flight back to Glasgow was completely full with customers returning from a lovely holiday. We hope Karon has a fantastic time in Crete and that we got her trip off to a great start.”

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About the Author: Chris Carley is a writer, media consultant, voice over artist, dog owner, husband, and recently became a dad! He loves talking all things points and miles. You'll likely find him in an airport lounge while on a trip that involves the most circuitous route possible leading to his ultimate destination. .

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