A trio of holidaymakers say they were “treated like rockstars” after turning out to be the only passengers on a British Airways flight.
Mates Laura Stevens, 34, Sarah Hunt, 35 and Laurie-Lin Waller, 33, were all upgraded to business class, where they were treated to champagne and enjoyed a few naughty selfies in the cockpit.
The group were due to fly home from Gibraltar to London Heathrow at 5.20pm on December 18th, following a relaxing three-day break.
But when checking in online, they discovered their flight had been delayed by three hours, so were in no rush to get to the airport.
However, when they got their they realised their fellow passengers who had arrived on time had been placed on an earlier flight. Still, their shock soon turned to pure joy when they were ushered into first class, having paid only £80 for an economy return.
Laura, from Sutton, said of the experience: “‘It was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience that we’ll never forget.
“We felt like celebrities, especially when we were given Champagne – it was the best Christmas present ever, we couldn’t believe how kind and lovely everyone was.
“We were the only people in the departure lounge so staff let us use the executive suite, which is usually reserved for business flight passengers.
“Then we mentioned how we’d hoped to buy our family gifts at the airport, and staff opened shops so we could browse.
“It was as though we’d hired out the place just for us.”
She continued, “The celebrity treatment continued on board when we were given front row seats and a private safety talk.”
“The plane took off really quickly because it was so light, it felt like we were on a private jet.
“The cabin crew were laughing and even the pilot made an announcement stating he’d never flown a commercial flight with so few people.”
While onboard for the twoand a half hour flight, the friends were given access to unlimited champagne – getting through 10 mini-bottles between them – before munching on breaded chicken with potato salad, cheese, hot rolls and chocolate pudding. Drool.
“We put on our shades and had a great time partying on board. We joked about being a girl band and took videos of us strolling up and down the aisles,” recalled Laura.
“Cabin crew warned us that the fog meant it could take a while to land but we were having such a fantastic time we told them to take their time – we wanted the flight to go on forever.
“Even strolling through passport control we felt like celebs as there were no queues. The whole thing was so surreal,” she added.
“People pay thousands for the kind of experience we had but we got it all for the cost of an economy ticket – it was a real one-off.
“We can’t thank BA enough – they made our Christmas!”