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User currently offlinedalalways From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 97 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3698 times:

Back in the day when I worked for United (2007), I was working out of SNA and a fellow flight attendant (she was LAX based) told me that she would sometime commute to work on the SNA-LAX flight operated by United Express. According to mapquest via the roads that is about 41 miles. Does anyone know of any other really short flights operated in the US? Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7824 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

There was something on here a few days ago with a wikipedia page with all kinds of routes, I recommend finding that webpage then searching the shortest routes and find the first one in the US. I'd do it but I'm going to bed now, tired of waiting for the rupture lol


Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3616 times:

Quoting dalalways (Thread starter):
Does anyone know of any other really short flights operated in the US?

ONT-LAX
DTW-FNT
ORD-MKE
SFO-OAK used to be operated as a tag on by Pan-Am and later United I think. Supposedly it didn't even count as a cycle on the airframe since the landing gear were never raised.



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User currently offline777klm From China, joined Apr 2005, 527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3597 times:

What about: HNL-OGG?


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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4949 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3548 times:

And the CO HOU-IAH "Houston Proud" flights of the 1980's. If you bought a ticket for a IAH-anywhere flight the HOU-IAH and back segment was free. The flights were operated with DC-9's.

[Edited 2011-05-22 01:17:33]


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3526 times:

Quoting 777klm (Reply 3):
What about: HNL-OGG?

At just over 100 miles, it might make the top 10, barely.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3060 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3359 times:

PHL-BWI on US Airways is the shortest mainline (A319) flight in the lower 48

90 miles (78 nm)



The good old days: Delta L-1011s at MSY
User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3122 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

UA flew IAD-BWI with a Jetstream 31 in the not so distant past.

CO flew a 73G on LAX-SNA for awhile I believe only in one direction. the plane flew CLE-LAX-SNA-EWR, with SNA-EWR being a redeye. I may be wrong though.

Current short routes operated off the top of my head:

DTW-FNT 56 miles (DL CR2) (flown with DC9 in the past)
ATL-AHN 67 miles (LW CNA)
ORD-MKE 67 miles (AA ERD ER4, UA CR2 CR7)
DEN-COS 73 miles (F9 DH4 E90, UA CR2 CR7) (Was flown with 320 757 DC-10 in the past)
MSN-MKE 74 miles (F9 ER4) (was flown with DC-9 under Midwest)
MSP-RST 76 miles (DL CR2) (flown with DC9 in the past)
SFO-MRY 77 miles (UA EM2) (was flown with 757-200 and A320 at some point)
ATL-MCN 79 miles (LW CNA)
IAH-BPT 79 miles (CO SF3)
ATL-CSG 83 miles (DL CR2)
ORD-SBN 84 miles (UA CR2 CR7 ER4)
LAX-CLD 86 miles (UA EM2)
SFO-SMF 86 miles (UA EM2)
LAX-SBA 89 miles (UA EM2 CR2, AA ERD)
DEN-CYS 90 miles (ZK EM2)
JNU-SIT 95 miles (AS 734)
SEA-EAT 99 miles (QX DH2)



theres plenty more routes under 100 miles.

'902



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User currently offlinescoobyd75 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

PHL to ABE normally clocked at 14 minutes takeoff to touchdown.

User currently offlineSLCPilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 581 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3073 times:

Hah! Have I really found the shortest part 121 leg? I've flown KVIS - KFAT in an EMB-120, at 31.6nm.

What about SFO-OAK? It's been flown, has it ever been marketed or sold?

Cheers!

SLCPilot



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User currently onlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3124 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

Quoting dalalways (Thread starter):
SNA-LAX flight operated by United Express.

At one point in the past 10 years, UA had a daily A320 on this route as well!



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User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

Quoting TWA902fly (Reply 7):
ATL-CSG 83 miles (DL CR2)


I fly this route every other week, ex-LGA. The f/a announces that flying time is 19 minutes, once it was 18. When we get to cruising altitude (10,000 ft), the announcement of using portable electronic devices is made. I then time on my watch, and it's usually 5-6 minutes later, when you have to turn devices off because we are on our descent.

Of course, the return flight to ATL is 10-15 mins longer, due to the traffic in ATL.

To add to the below list: Cape Air flights from BOS are pretty short. PVC (45 miles), MVY (70 miles), and ACK (91 miles), according to GCMap. Also, PHL-EWR is flown by both US and CO/UA on DHC-8 (80 miles).

DTW-FNT 56 miles (DL CR2) (flown with DC9 in the past)
ATL-AHN 67 miles (LW CNA)
ORD-MKE 67 miles (AA ERD ER4, UA CR2 CR7)
DEN-COS 73 miles (F9 DH4 E90, UA CR2 CR7) (Was flown with 320 757 DC-10 in the past)
MSN-MKE 74 miles (F9 ER4) (was flown with DC-9 under Midwest)
MSP-RST 76 miles (DL CR2) (flown with DC9 in the past)
SFO-MRY 77 miles (UA EM2) (was flown with 757-200 and A320 at some point)
ATL-MCN 79 miles (LW CNA)
IAH-BPT 79 miles (CO SF3)
ATL-CSG 83 miles (DL CR2)
ORD-SBN 84 miles (UA CR2 CR7 ER4)
LAX-CLD 86 miles (UA EM2)
SFO-SMF 86 miles (UA EM2)
LAX-SBA 89 miles (UA EM2 CR2, AA ERD)
DEN-CYS 90 miles (ZK EM2)
JNU-SIT 95 miles (AS 734)
SEA-EAT 99 miles (QX DH2)


User currently offlinePacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 963 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2955 times:

Quoting 777klm (Reply 3):
What about: HNL-OGG?

Not to mention

MKK–LNY (28.4 miles)
MKK–JHM (30.6 miles)
MKK–OGG (46.1 miles)
HNL–MKK (54.6 miles)
HNL–LNY (72.5 miles)
OGG–KOA (84 miles)

among other inter-island flights in Hawaii. These are all active routes flown by Island Air.


User currently offlineRJLover From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 576 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

UAx operates MGW-CKB (to/from IAD). As per GCM, it is 25NM (28SM). I was going to fly that route, but my plane went mechanical and I had to return to Canada instead.


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User currently offlinec5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2933 times:

Are we talking currently operated flights or just short flights in general? I remember taking the DAY-CVG route quite a few times when I worked for OH. It was a nice way to get down to CVG for training, uniforms, stopover store, etc.


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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

What about any of the USAir Express flights from PHL-NYC area airports, PHL-MDT, or PHL-ABE ?

Marc


User currently offlineB595 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2009, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2874 times:

The route ceased sometime in the 90's or early 2000's, but .....

Commutair used to run USAir Express Beech 1900's

PLB-BTV 20 mi


User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

Quoting B595 (Reply 16):
The route ceased sometime in the 90's or early 2000's

There were some real good ones back then... TPA-SRQ on a CO B1900 for instance, and also lots of examples of "too much plane" for a short route. Used to absolutely love getting the 752 on ATL-BNA.

My personal shortest was ANC-ENA, Era Aviation dash 8. 59 miles.


User currently offlineKBUF From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

Colgan used to fly BUF-ROC as US Express. A mere 55 miles!


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User currently offlineB595 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2009, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

The PLB-BTV flights were probably driven more by operational considerations than any market to speak of. Commutair had a crew base at PLB at the time and so several B1900's repositioned from BTV to PLB for the overnight and then repositioned back to BTV very early in the morning, ~6am. But even though they were primarily repositioning flights they were still in the schedule and you could buy a ticket on them. And I'm guessing Plattsburgh AFB generated a steady trickle of passengers for these flights before it closed in '95.

User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7511 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2786 times:

One short route that was recently discontinued was XJ's TOL-DTW flight w/Saabs; roughly 48 miles. One can spend more time taxiing at DTW than in the air.


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User currently offlineIslandRob From US Virgin Islands, joined Apr 2011, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 6 days ago) and read 2784 times:

Also:
SPB-SSB (St. Thomas to St. Croix) : 44 mi. - harbor-to-harbor service offered by Seaborne Airlines, using seaplanes (of course)

STT-SJU (St. Thomas to San Juan): 68 mi. - service offered by American Eagle and Cape Air. Occasionally, American flies the route using a 757 with continuing service to mainland US.



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User currently offlineB595 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2009, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

Quoting RamblinMan (Reply 17):
There were some real good ones back then...

Yes, the glory days of point-to-point commuter ops....


Air New England (from the November 15, 1979 route map)

WVL-AUG: 14nm


Some others:

Brockway Air (1980s) (B1900 or F27)

OGS-MSS: 31nm
POU-HPN: 34nm
PLB-SLK: 34nm


Air Vermont (1980s) (probably Twin Otter or Shorts 330)

BTV-MVL 23nm
MVL-EFK 27nm


Air New England

BTV-MPV 30nm
HYA-ACK 27nm


Gulfstream International currently flies

OLF-GGW 42nm


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24858 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):
SFO-OAK used to be operated as a tag on by Pan-Am and later United I think.

I can't recall Pan Am operating SFO-OAK but several other carriers (in addition to UA) did, including TWA, American and Hughes Airwest.


User currently onlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3124 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 2690 times:

Continental had a dc-9 ply IAH-HOU for a short while.


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25 Flybaurlax : PAPG-PAWG (Petersburg to Wrangell) In Alaska is 27 NM direct. AS operates the Milkrun with those stops.
26 71Zulu : In the 70's, National Airlines flew a DC-10 PBI-MIA, 62 miles (54 nm)
27 BMI727 : I believe that Mesaba used to operate BMI-PIA as part of a triangle routing with an Avro, flying all of 43 miles.
28 USAIRWAYS321 : I think I have you all beat: Horizon Air operates a Q400 on PUW-LWS. GCMap has that at 26 miles. It's part of a shared SEA-PUW-LWS-SEA/BOI routing, bu
29 zrs70 : Oh, and both DL and EA flew FLL-MIA. That's 21 miles!
30 rwSEA : QX operates PUW-LWS, which is just under 30 miles. It's a tag-on from SEA, but they do sell this route, and also offer connections in LWS to BOI.
31 Post contains images USAIRWAYS321 : That sounds awfully like what I wrote...
32 Kaphias : It's been a few years since I've been on this flight, but I remember it being quite a memorable experience to be up in the air for such a short time
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