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Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown?  
User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2968 posts, RR: 7
Posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5032 times:

A year and a half ago, I flew on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 831 ADD-BZV-FIH for work. I always knew that Brazaville and Kinshasa were the closest international capitals, separated by just the river Congo, from which both their countries draw this name. The airports BZV and FIH are just 16nm apart, and reviewing a video I shot of the flight I time wheels-up to touchdown at just over nine minutes.
Is this the shortest scheduled widebody flight in the world, in fact is it the shortest scheduled flight not counting helicopter vertical ascents?
This is the video, fyi, sorry about the shakiness
http://youtu.be/1xFWxpI90fk


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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5005 times:

IIRC, Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands is the shortest scheduled service - and pretty hard to beat, too, so it has become a bit of a tourist attraction. It is, however, not operated by a widebody for some strange reason...  Wink

[Edited 2012-10-04 04:46:55]


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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19227 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5005 times:

Quoting Cricket (Thread starter):
Is this the shortest scheduled widebody flight in the world, in fact is it the shortest scheduled flight

No. The record is Papa Westry (PPW) to Westry (WRY), in the Orkneys in Scotland. As the crow flies, it is a 2-mile sector, with a block time of 2 minutes. It is flown 8-seat Islanders (BNI) operated by Loganair. When I flew it, it took 90 seconds (I counted). We took off, very quickly turned right over the sea, approached, and landed on the other island (Westry). In contrast, BZV-FIH is a 16-mile sector, so is clearly also extremely short even with the requisite maneuvering.

Edited to add aircraft details.

[Edited 2012-10-04 04:49:29]


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User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2968 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4956 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 1):
IIRC, Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands is the shortest scheduled service - and pretty hard to beat, too, so it has become a bit of a tourist attraction. It is, however, not operated by a widebody for some strange reason...  
Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
No. The record is Papa Westry (PPW) to Westry (WRY), in the Orkneys in Scotland. As the crow flies, it is a 2-mile sector, with a block time of 2 minutes. It is flown 8-seat Islanders (BNI) operated by Loganair. When I flew it, it took 90 seconds (I counted).

Thanks guys, but this could be the shortest scheduled widebody and jet-powered flight? I don't know if ET sells this sector, even though the rickety ferries across the Congo are positively scary.



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User currently offlinebrightcedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1289 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4832 times:

Which type was operating the route? I seem to spot 737 nacelles, so not a wide-body so to speak, still a mighty jet!


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User currently onlinebmibaby737 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1810 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4806 times:

Quoting brightcedars (Reply 4):
Which type was operating the route? I seem to spot 737 nacelles, so not a wide-body so to speak, still a mighty jet!

A mix of 737 and 767 aircraft.


User currently onlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6762 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

Quoting Cricket (Reply 3):
Thanks guys, but this could be the shortest scheduled widebody and jet-powered flight?

It might be the shortest widebody/jet-powered flight currently, but OAK-SFO has been flown in the past with widebodies -- apparently even with the 747SP.


User currently offlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4504 posts, RR: 72
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4651 times:

Sabena used to fly the B743 on the FIH BZV sector back in the days.

User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2968 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4651 times:

Quoting brightcedars (Reply 4):
Which type was operating the route? I seem to spot 737 nacelles, so not a wide-body so to speak, still a mighty jet!

The flight was operated by ET-AMF a 767-3BGER


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25291 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4431 times:

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 7):
Sabena used to fly the B743 on the FIH BZV sector back in the days.

And UTA DC-10s.


User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2968 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4383 times:

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 7):

Sabena used to fly the B743 on the FIH BZV sector back in the days.

That would have been a fun 747 flight, I wonder if ET actually sells this sector?



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25291 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4271 times:

Quoting Cricket (Reply 10):
Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 7):

Sabena used to fly the B743 on the FIH BZV sector back in the days.

That would have been a fun 747 flight, I wonder if ET actually sells this sector?

It doesn't look like ET sells BZV-FIH, probabably because they only operate it in one direction since it's a triangular routing ADD-BZV-FIH-ADD. Or they may not have 5th freedom rights.


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4270 times:

Not a widebody, but an interesting one which is on sale is NBO-WIL operated SAX using a Beech 1900, as part of a multi-sector flight. When myself and a fellow nutter enquired about this at the ticket desk at NBO, naturally the staff took some convincing and had to make a few phone calls to find out what to charge us. Unfortunately it was too much for my liking and we didn't do it.

User currently offlinegoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1843 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4092 times:

Also a very short flight (but not a widebody) : Moorea-PPT in 7 min with a Twin Otter.

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