A Lithuanian man had an entire flight to himself in what he describes as a “once in a lifetime experience.”
Normally, airlines prefer to have their flights booked solid. Some will even overbook with the expectation that some people will just miss their flights in order to ensure they’re always flying full planes.
It’s safe to say that most of us hate that practice, but that wasn’t a problem for Mr. Skirmantas Strimaitis of Lithuania. When he boarded his flight on March 16th bound for the Italian city of Bergamo and a much-anticipated skiing holiday, he was the only person onboard.
Infinite legroom? Check. Can lean his chair back as far as he wants without ever needing to worry about hitting someone else? Double check. Access to any bathroom he wants and also guaranteed to not have to wipe down the toilet seat first? Triple check. First class doesn’t have anything on Strimaitis solo-flight.
The Associated Press reports that this wasn’t just some rich guy buying out a plane for the sake of obscene luxury--it was actually a total fluke.
Speaking to the AP, Novaturas travel agency said they had chartered the flight to take a private group home from Bergamo to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. They chartered a 737-800, which can normally hold 188 passengers, 5 flight crew, and 2 pilots.
Since you’re just losing money flying an empty plane, Novaturas offered one-way tickets for anyone who wanted to go from Vilnius to Bergamo. Unfortunately for Novaturas, only one person bought tickets: Mr. Strimaitis.
For 2 hours, it was just Strimaitis and five flight attendants seeing to his every whim. We’re not told whether Strimaitis sprang for the full champagne service or not, but we know that we would definitely enjoy a private party aboard an empty 737.
Regardless, Strimaitis certainly seems to have enjoyed his time in the loneliest 737 to ever fly. He told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the whole thing was a “once in a lifetime experience.”