A Lithuanian man flying to Italy got a pleasant surprise when he boarded the plane: He was the only passenger on the Boeing 737-800.
That’s right, the entire flight was empty, except for him.
Getting an extra seat or a row to yourself is a dream come true for most passengers — but getting an entire plane to yourself is truly unbelievable.
The man, Skirmantas Strimaitis, was on a Boeing 737-800, a plane that normally seats up to 188 people, he was the only passenger. The only other people onboard were five crew members and two pilots.
Skirmantas Strimaitis, who was flying from the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, to the northern Italian city of Bergamo for a skiing holiday on March 16, had the whole plane — which can usually sit up to 188 people — to himself. The only others on board were two pilots and five crew members.
He said the staff was amazing and they were very excited to give him the rare experience as he returned from a friend’s wedding. They even agreed to the selfie above.
So how exactly does something like this happen? According to the Associated Press (via Business Insider), “The Novaturas travel agency said that it had chartered the plane to fly a group home from Italy and that to avoid flying empty, one-way tickets were sold. Only one person bought one.”
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a passenger on a private jet, just imagine being in Skirmantas’ shoes. Not only did he get a private flight experience, he also came out of the situation with a really cool story.
Strimaitis told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the flight, which lasted more than two hours, was “a once-in-the-lifetime experience.”
And it definitely was.