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Air Tahiti PPT-Gambier - The Longest ATR Flight?  
User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2162 posts, RR: 13
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4996 times:

I just browsed through Air Tahiti's timetable and discovered some interesting "long haul" facts:

- there are some pretty long flights. For instance, going from Gambier to Tahiti (PPT) is a flight of 4 hours! On an ATR! Other looooong ATR flights are between Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands, all more than 3 hours. Would the Gambier to Papeete flight be the longest ATR flight in the world?

- on Air Tahiti's website they mention that they are the first operator to have received ("extended") ETOPS for their fleet of ATR. Interesting, I thought ETOPS was only for real long haul craft such as the 777, the 767 or the A330.

Anyone knows of a longer ATR flight than this?



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User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4952 times:

The longest european flight is the Cimberair ATR 72 from Copenhagen to Montpellier ( 3.5 hours ) - which is pretty long for an ATR 72 !


Please respect animals - don't eat them...
User currently offlineJtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 658 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 4894 times:

I found this on a website called archive.com:

Air Tahiti ATR-72

Founded in 1971, Air Tahiti is the nations domestic carrier. The airline flies mainly ATR 72s with some 42s still in service. These aircraft fly anywhere from ultra-short sectors of ten minutes up to three and a half hours to the Marquesas Islands, the longest ATR flights in the world!



Propeller, we don't need no stinkin propeller
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16239 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4799 times:

AE has a long ATR72 flight also -- SJU-BGI which is about 2:30.


Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineAf022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2147 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4773 times:

according to the OAG, the longest ATR72 sector is Port of Spain to San Juan on AA, at 175 minutes.

JAT operates a long one also, Belgrade to Strasbourg, 160 minutes.

i don't show any service between CPH and MPL in the OAG, but my database might be messed up.


User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2162 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4727 times:

Af022,

I found the CPH-MPL on the Cimber website. Didn't check OAG though.

Best


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6749 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4581 times:

PPT-GMR might be the longest flight on any kind of prop-- by distance, anyway. The Penrhyn-Rarotonga EMB ties it for time.

User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2162 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4454 times:

So what about all this ETOPS for the ATR? Aren't they usually allowed to fly over large stretches of water?

User currently offlineHailstone From Germany, joined Nov 2000, 408 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4423 times:

ETOPS are Extended Twin OPerationS - these should apply not only for the stated jet-aircrafts above, but also for props, if they fly for long periods over water without access to airports.

User currently offlineKonrad From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4369 times:

There is a picture of a LOT ATR 72-200 in Malta (MLA) in the database.


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It was a charter bringing an exchange crew to a fishing trawler or something similar. The EPWA-LMML distance of 1170 miles (almost 1900 km) was covered non-stop in 4:15. It takes some brave fisherman to sit 4:15 on an old ATR if you ask me.


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