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Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!  
User currently offlineMehtabrahman From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 228 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4654 times:

Today's London Metro published the following in the Think Tank section:

Flights BA8872 and BA 8884, operated on a code share basis by Loganair and British Airways, from Westry (WRY) to Papa Westry (PPW) in the Orkneys are famous for what reason?

For over 30 years, the 'island hop' has held the record for the shortest scheduled flight. It is only TWO MINUTES long!!!

I wonder what the fare is going to be Big grin ?

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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4611 times:

Well, I don't think it is something new. Did they also write, that during excellent weather condition (winds etc.) they did it once in less than 30 sek.?

Pretty cool, would like to go once on that flight!



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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4529 times:

Previous threads on this topic:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/608047/4/
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/299261/4/
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/220703/4/
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1049231/



Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7081 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4512 times:

20MAR-TH-
BA8872 WRYPPW 0834 0836

20MAR-TH-
BA8884 PPWWRY 1509 1511



The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4466 times:

The flight distance is apparently less than the length of the runway at Heathrow.


I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4453 times:

What's the altitude and speed?

User currently offlineCleCo From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4418 times:

Hey,

Wasn't there an article on this service in Airliners or Airways or some commercial aviation magazine? It was probably about a year ago.

Jake



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User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3007 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4401 times:

Why don't they just have a ferry?


Firings, if well done, are good for employee morale.
User currently offlineJtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 658 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4397 times:

Jake,
Yep had an article in Airways on this flight. Great article.



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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8697 posts, RR: 43
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4389 times:

"I wonder what the fare is going to be?"

according to britishairways.com, it is £28 for a return ticket... Crying



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User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4331 times:

Does the landing gear go up?


User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4278 times:

No. Because its flown with an Islander

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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4255 times:

Indeed it is £ 28.00 return. I wonder what the loads are like for a 2 minute flight.
-Transaero Boeing 737-200



What now?
User currently offlineMehtabrahman From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 228 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

Would actually like to read a trip report of one of these flights.

By the way, has anyone in this forum actually taken this flight?


User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4025 times:

Twenty-eight quid for two minutes or less? That's gotta be more expensive than Concorde.

User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3848 times:

I did this flight on 11 August 1995. Flight number was BA 8872, operated by the Islander G-BNLJ.

We paid 12 GBP oneway for the ticket Kirkwall (KOI) -Westray (WRY) -Papa Westray (PPW) and stayed in a B&B at PPW.

Flying times were :

KOI-WRY scheduled 08:40-08:52, actual 08:47-09:00 (13min)
WRY-PPW scheduled 08:59-09:01, actual 09:05-09:06 (1min)
Total time including the stop : 19min

Well, someone asked for a trip report, so here we go (from my memory and the notes in my logbook) :

When we arrived in the little airport building in Kirkwall, we went to the BA/Loganair Checkin. I was more than surprised to see that the checkin staff didn't only put our bags on the balance, but also asked us to step on the balance. Have never seen before that they weigh the passengers on a flight! According to our weight we got boarding passes and were placed in the aircraft. Luckily I was light enough to find myself on the Copilot's seat (the Islander is only operated by one pilot, so I sat just next to him, with a yoke and pedalsin front of me... ). The flight over the Orkney Islands to Westray was very nice, although too short. At Westray, some people disembarked and others joined. Just as in Kirkwall the pilot turned around for his sefatey announcment (no stewardess to show the emergency exit  Big grin ) and then gave a short briefing for the flight : "The flying time to Papa Westray will be err...(looking at the windsock) on minute". And well, the flight was indeed only 70 seconds, at an altitude of 300 ft.

The airfield at Papa Westray is only a grass field where he approaches according to the wind. A little hut with a bathroom-style balance is the terminal building. I will see if I find my photos again, maybe some of them might be good enough for a.net.

Cheers,

Thomas


User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3804 times:

So which is the island where you land on the beach?I belive schedules are governed by the tides!


"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24912 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3759 times:

That airport on the beach is Barra  Smile


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3733 times:

"Why don't they just use a ferry?"

1. Shallow water in channel
2. No harbour



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