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Shortest Routes/Flying Times Served By Jetliners  
User currently offlinegauravpai From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3399 times:

Hi all

recently flew from Mumbai (BOM) TO Pune (PNQ) , a grand distance of 53nautical miles.We had a total flying time of 19 minutes to PNQ.

This route is served twice daily by jet airways using 737-700/800 full service aircraft, with an actual business class with separate business cabin.

This got me thinking which other routes around the world are actually that short in terms of flight time and also which airlines operate them using what equipment?

any insights would be interesting?
cheers

[Edited 2010-08-28 11:27:18]

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User currently offlinecoopdogyo From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3345 times:

Alaska has PSG-WRG which is 32mi and has a total flight time of 29 minutes. it is flown once daily on the weekend and twice daily during the week with 737-400C Combis.

User currently offlinegauravpai From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3286 times:

The others i could get were

AA flys MKE-ORD at 67nm
US flys ABE-PHL at 55nm
NW flys TOL-DTW at 49nm
DL flys DAY-CVG at 54nm
UA flys SNA-LAX at 36 nm

but then again i dont think any of the above are operated on jet liners as the post suggests..but make for really short flights!


User currently offlinePlainplane From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 837 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3286 times:

Often times I see on Flightaware 5-10 minute flights between MCO or ORL to SFB. Usually they are corporate jets or G4's reposition flights.

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3057 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

Shortest in the continental US served by a mainline jet I believe is US Airways' PHL-BWI, 90 miles (78 nm). Flown with B733 or A319 equipment. Blocked at 45 minutes but actual flying time is closer to 25 minutes.


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User currently offlineRP TPA From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

Isn't there a commercial route in Scotland (or in that area) that is something like 3 minutes? It's to an island, IIRC.

(edited to add): This obviously isnt a jet route, but still incredibly short.

[Edited 2010-08-28 12:03:01]

User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8031 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

Not the shortest but recently flew Phoenix to Tucson on USAirways' CRJ (all America West on the inside, aw). I could still see the lights of Phoenix over my shoulder on finals to TUS. Very nice short flight.

And this contribution is coming to you from baggage claim at Heathrow's T5, very nice daytrip to MAN on BA for the annual airline memorabilia convention in the shadow of Concorde G-BOAC. Very impressed by BA's ability to serve a hot bacon and tomato roll and hot and cold drinks on a thirty minute flight - hurrah!



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User currently offlinegauravpai From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3188 times:

Quoting RP TPA (Reply 5):
Isn't there a commercial route in Scotland

i believe you mean this one: between the airports on the islands of Papa Westray and Westray in the Orkney Islands. Part of the daily service operated by Logan Air, the journey has a scheduled duration of just 2 minutes and carries passengers a total of 9 miles (14 km).

wow,wink n you are there  


User currently offlinemrskyguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

Quoting gauravpai (Reply 2):
UA flys SNA-LAX at 36 nm

Isn't this the flight that continues to PHX?



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User currently offlineFly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

Gulf Air's BAH-DMM service operated by A320

User currently offlinevv701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7363 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Quoting RP TPA (Reply 5):
Isn't there a commercial route in Scotland (or in that area) that is something like 3 minutes? It's to an island, IIRC.

Papa Westray to Westray in the Orkney Islands. It takes around 2 minutes (or 1 with a following gale!). Here is a video of the flight:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXYrlRsNwKA


User currently offlinecloudyapple From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2005, 2454 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3074 times:

Quoting coopdogyo (Reply 1):
32mi and has a total flight time of 29 minutes

32mi in 29min, that's 66mph. Quicker to do this on a car. Absolutely pointless.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24643 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

Quoting vv701 (Reply 10):
Papa Westray to Westray in the Orkney Islands. It takes around 2 minutes (or 1 with a following gale!). Here is a video of the flight:

The question involved jet-operated routes.

There's jet service several times a week Brazzaville (BZV) - Kinshasa (FIH), the capitals of the two Congos on opposite banks of the Congo River. ET operates twice weekly with 763s on that route although I don't think they have local traffic rights; it's part of a triangular route that operates ADD-BZV-FIH-ADD. KQ also has a few 738s a week with 5th freedom rights and local carrier Hewa Bora Airways with MD-82s and even a 727-200 if not mistaken.

That route is only 14 nm with a block time of 20 or 25 minutes. At one time UTA operated that route once or twice a week with a DC-10 and I believe Sabena also did it with DC-10s and/or 747-200s.


User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3057 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3014 times:



Quoting gauravpai (Reply 2):
UA flys SNA-LAX at 36 nm

flightaware shows nobody flying SNA-LAX

Quoting cloudyapple (Reply 11):
32mi in 29min, that's 66mph.

Here's a flight that made it in 6 minutes,
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A...5/history/20100828/1810Z/PAWG/PAPG

Quoting cloudyapple (Reply 11):
Quicker to do this on a car. Absolutely pointless.

Yeah, assuming there is a road to drive on which in most of Alaska, there is not.

[Edited 2010-08-28 13:04:29]


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User currently offlinemrskyguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2998 times:

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 13):
flightaware shows nobody flying SNA-LAX

I was quoting a post of guaravpai..



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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3057 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

Quoting mrskyguy (Reply 14):
I was quoting a post of guaravpai..

fixed it, sorry.



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User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6077 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

Quoting gauravpai (Reply 2):
Quoting mrskyguy (Reply 8):

United doesn't fly this route. It was once a UAX route. But there is no service.

Routes from the **past**:

United DC-8 San Francisco-Oakland 11 miles



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User currently offlinemetjetceo From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 411 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

My shortest ever was FNT to DTW and vice versa. They do them with CRJs now, but I have been on aircraft as large as A320s on the 10-14 minute flight.

My company often had us do that because it was cheaper to go GRB-DTW-FNT than GRB-DTW.


User currently offlineASFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 1168 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

Quoting coopdogyo (Reply 1):
Alaska has PSG-WRG which is 32mi and has a total flight time of 29 minutes. it is flown once daily on the weekend and twice daily during the week with 737-400C Combis.

This flight is flown once daily. It's the combi in one direction and a fully configured 737-400 (with First Class) in the other direction.


User currently offlinemcmax From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

Near the end, Western Airlines used to fly from Washington Dulles to Washington National.


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User currently offline767nutter From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2008, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

Quoting RP TPA (Reply 5):
Isn't there a commercial route in Scotland (or in that area) that is something like 3 minutes? It's to an island, IIRC.

(edited to add): This obviously isnt a jet route, but still incredibly short.

[Edited 2010-08-28 12:03:01]

As vv701 said it is Papa Westray - Westray, operated by a 8 seat Islander


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

In Europe it makes me thinks of RNN-CPH which is 91mi and flown by B737-300 of DY.
Or AMS-BRU, 98mi and a mix of F70/F100/E190



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User currently offlineJHCRJ700 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 4):
Shortest in the continental US served by a mainline jet I believe is US Airways' PHL-BWI, 90 miles (78 nm). Flown with B733 or A319 equipment. Blocked at 45 minutes but actual flying time is closer to 25 minutes.

I'm on that flight next week and it's only a CRJ. Sometimes they may sub in mainline aircraft, but i think 80-90% of the time its flown with Dash-8's. I'm surprised I'm on a CRJ i was expecting Dash 8.



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