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Smallest Aircraft To Operate Sched Flights?  
User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2954 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4265 times:

Im talking about within the last 10 years or so, not back in the pioneering days of air travel - or helicopters.

Yesterday, the regular scheduled flights by KD Air from YVR to Qualicum Beach were operated by their Cessna 172 instead of the usual PA31 Navajo. Even then, one of the flights only had a 66.666666666% load factor!

Any other examples where light aircraft have operated scheduled flights??

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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4193 times:

Cape Air operates numerous flights each day using C402's! I'd put them in the light/small category along with the Navajo and Skyhawk.

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User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 6285 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4113 times:

For many years McKnight Airlines operated a Piper PA28-260 six seat, single engined aircraft twice a day between Deniliquin and Wagga Wagga in the state New South Wales in Australia.

It's purpose was to connect with flights to SYD & MEL in Wagga. The terrain flown over was as flat as a billard table, it was often flown at just 1000'.


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User currently offlinen5014k From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3914 times:

I flew a Piper PA-34 Seneca operated by a small outfit named Commutair. They flew from IAH to a bunch of nearby cities. I flew them from HOU-IAH to connect with Texas International. It had four seats (two facing two) and no co-pilot. It was a little longer ago than 10 years, but anyway...

Plenty of commuters used Piper Navajos in the 70's and 80's, and as I recall they seated 7. Cessna 402's carried about the same number. The airlines I flew that had them are pretty much forgotten now - Davis Airlines (IAH-CLL) and Ocean Airways (HVN-ACY-BWI).

User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2345 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3914 times:

While not the smallest, Sylt Air in Germany has a Cessna 421C for their flights.

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12167 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3888 times:

Lydd Air in the UK operate scheduled flights to France with either a PA-31 or Baron, which have 9 and 5 seats respectively.

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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6543 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3875 times:

Quoting UltimateDelta (Reply 4):
While not the smallest, Sylt Air in Germany has a Cessna 421C for their flights.

Sylt is fun because, I believe, when you book the flight, you don't know what you will fly on - they send the type of plane based on the number of passengers, not vice versa like most airlines. I might be using them this summer from Hamburg to Sylt and it's an interesting airline.

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