The Telegraph reports:
A major airline is under fire from environmentalists for flying an aircraft across the Atlantic with only five passengers on board.
The flight from Chicago to London meant that the plane, a Boeing 777, used 22,000 gallons of fuel.
It led to American Airlines being accused of reckless behaviour by green lobby groups.
Just one of those ridiculously pointless articles which really serves no purpose. I’m sure AA would have loved to cancel the flight and save money, but of course that plane had somewhere else to go from LHR. It’s not like they can just cancel the flight and magically have another 777 appear at LHR for AA’s continuing flight to wherever in the US it was scheduled to fly.
The most interesting part of the article, of course, is this:
While it was able to find places for nearly all the passengers on the fully-booked flight, five still had to be accommodated. Those who did fly were upgraded to the business class cabin.
As nice as an upgrade sounds, this kind of made me chuckle. In a case like this couldn’t AA have upgraded all the passengers to First to show them a truly special experience, or what? I’m sure the FA’s had a blast on that flight, something I bet none of them will see again.