Weird Flight: Passenger Jet Has Only One Passenger

Lithuanian man experienced a strange flight to Italy
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2019 10:30 AM CDT
Updated Apr 6, 2019 3:00 PM CDT
2 Pilots, 5 Crew Members, One Passenger
Skirmantas Strimaitis onboard a Boeing 737-800 airplane, taking off from Vilnius, Lithuania, on March 16, 2019, as the only passenger aboard.   (Skirmantas Strimaitis via AP)

Legroom was not an issue here. A Lithuanian man had the weird experience of flying to Italy on a huge passenger jet—as the only passenger. By the AP's count, the Boeing 737-800—a different model than the 737s of recent controversy—had all of eight people aboard: two pilots, five crew members, and passenger Skirmantas Strimaitis. The jet can hold 188 passengers. It was "a once-in-the-lifetime experience," Strimaitis says of his flight from Vilnius to Bergamo, Italy. A travel agency had chartered the flight because it needed to bring a group of Lithuanians vacationing in Italy back home. It also sold one-way tickets for the flight to Italy, and Strimaitis was the only taker. (Read more air travel stories.)

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