Alexander Svanevik, the founder of blockchain analytics company Nansen, flew from Abu Dhabi to Singapore on an Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9. And in a world mostly closed to long haul travel, especially to Asia, he found himself the only customer on board the widebody aircraft configured for 336 passengers.
I'm alone on my flight to Singapore.
The pilot makes all announcements starting with "Mr. Alexander".
— Alex Svanevik (@ASvanevik) September 28, 2021
Svanevik shared video of the empty business class cabin – and you can hear announcements being made directly to him, “Mr. Alexander.”
I’ve arrived (sound on) pic.twitter.com/A4SMYgDTrH
— Alex Svanevik (@ASvanevik) September 29, 2021
I’ve flown alone in first class many times, for instance flying Singapore Airlines from Singapore to Paris, Thai Airways from Bangkok to Tokyo, and ANA from Chicago to Tokyo. But I’ve never had an entire widebody aircraft to myself – the closest I came to that was January 1, 2000 (“Y2K”) on a United Los Angeles – Washington Dulles flight, with a near-empty Boeing 777.