Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2263 posts, RR: 12 Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5731 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.
Jtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 658 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5629 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!
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.