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World's shortest commercial flight (47 seconds) flies its one millionth passenger (Video)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pizP-00lVLM The world’s shortest flight, a tiny hop between two remote British islands, celebrated Monday taking its millionth passenger on the route. The 2.7km (1.7-mile) flight between Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkney islands, off mainland Scotland’s northeast coast, holds the Guinness World Record as the shortest scheduled service.The flight, in an eight-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft, officially takes two minutes but with favourable winds it can… (www.theguardian.com) More...

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joelwiley
joel wiley 8
It occurred to me that the route is somewhat shorter than the takeoff distance of an A380.
I doubt Emirates will be entering this market 8-)
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 6
They code share
andyc852
andyc852 3
It's a connector. The A380 flies out of Kirkwall! (JK)
dee9bee
dee9bee 7
I'm guessing the inflight movie is rather short! Neat video.
bdarnell
bdarnell 1
Probably no beverage service, either.
godestiny
William Medlin 4
I suppose the pilots log about 25 hours per year with 730 landings.
jlyount
John Yount 4
Probably don't have to be placed in a holding pattern very often.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 3
Occasionally, if there are two airplanes on the ramp, there's flow control...
zennermd
zennermd 3
That would easily double or triple your travel time.
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
If they had a new generation US ATC specialist it would be delayed.
Bobqat
Bob Harrington 3
"We hope you enjoyed your inflight peanut. And, err, umm - we still managed to lose your luggage..."
garritt
garritt 3
they could just install a catapult 77 a net on both ends...WEEEEeeeee!
andyc852
andyc852 3
Lots of interesting flights in Orkney and particularly Shetland. I have done most of the Shetland routes but will add this to my bucket list pronto!
scott8733
scott8733 3
I hope the crew isn't paid from takeoff to touchdown
iaincmaciver
Iain Maciver 2
I can see everyone having fun with this one, so...
do you have to be at the airport 90min before flight time? and security takes ?
andyc852
andyc852 2
You really should go try this one or one of several others in Orkney or Shetland. The "Terminal building may be a bench under a roof overhang (Foula in Shetland) or an exotic room (about 3m square) like on Fair Isle. It is a wonderful experience and unlike most other flying.
rororo69
roman sawycky 2
Not to be too picky, it should be noted the video was not taken from a Britten Norman Islander.
rororo69
roman sawycky 1
I actually saw the shadow after a replay to confirm my belief. The engine noise is what I heard first.
andyc852
andyc852 1
I do not know, but how can you tell?
palemieux
Shadow at 1:30 shows a single prop plane.
andyc852
andyc852 2
Thanks!
bfambrough
Bill Fambrough 2
It would take a long time to build up frequent flyer miles of any appreciable amount.
bentwing60
bentwing60 2
Now that's an airline I'd come out of retirement for, I like props. And the rest of the fleet. http://www.loganair.co.uk/loganair/aircraft
TWA55
I hope the pilot did not fly all those pax flights
pilot62
Scott Campbell 1
board & unload are 400 percent more than the flight time
vonerot8
David Parry 1
Ha, the flight time is enough to climb to 500ft and simulate a forced landing onto the island's airstrip every time!
vonerot8
David Parry 2
and on the radio, you can say, "I'll be there in a minute"!
joelwiley
joel wiley 2
If something happened to the flight, overdue would be quickly noticed and SAR wouldn't take long.
malarz
Marian Wierzba 1
It looks like people over there haven't heard of boats.
andyc852
andyc852 2
The weather is unpredictable and it is easy to get caught in a storm in a small boat. Papa Westray has a population of about 30 people including kids. Not sure if there is a ferry or if the kids go to school on the island. The history of Orkney is Viking. They knew about boats I believe.

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