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Longest Present-day Turboprop Flights  
User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7691 times:

Awhile ago I was browsing flightaware.com and came across a scheduled Mesaba flight from MLI-DTW, listed as nearly 2 hours block to block, on a Saab!

That has got to be a long flight, and it looked from the tracks that a large portion of it was spent over Lake Michigan. I am not sure of the exact mileage, but I doubt there are many flights anymore on a turboprop that last nearly two hours.

I can't seem to find the flight now (thank goodness it was upgraded it looks like), but I am certain it was there, haha.

What are some other rather longish flights in recent times on a turboprop for a regularly scheduled, passenger carrier?


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User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2404 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7662 times:

This isnt to long but quite normal but we have had a few Q400's in FAT that went to SEA for QX. That was a bit ago though.


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7622 times:

Great Lakes' flight from Dickinson, ND (DIK) to Denver, CO (DEN) is pretty long - 424nm, blocks right over 2 hours. Flown with an EMB-120. Exactly 100nm longer than MLI-DTW.

Another long one is their Pierre, SD to DEN flight, 334nm. This one blocks at about 1 hour, 45 minutes. But, it is flown with a B1900. Thats a long way to go without a flight attendant or bathroom.


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7610 times:

Australia has some long flights.


CNS (16°53'09"S 145°45'19"E) ISA (20°39'50"S 139°29'19"E) 782 km

Macair Airlines
CC 570 Cairns (CNS), Cairns, Queensland, Australia 06:45
Mount Isa (ISA), Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia 08:45
Non-stop

SWM 2h00min Monday Friday



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7576 times:

Quoting BNE (Reply 3):
Macair Airlines
CC 570 Cairns (CNS), Cairns, Queensland, Australia 06:45
Mount Isa (ISA), Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia 08:45
Non-stop

what kind of equipment?



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User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7567 times:

Quoting BNE (Reply 3):
SWM

Metroliner...19 seater.


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25381 posts, RR: 49
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7538 times:

Air Tahiti has some long ones it operates with its ATR-42/72 fleet. Matter of fact, if I remember correctly they current hold an ETOPS distance record for their ATR fleet.

Some of the longer flights;

Pappete-Gambier 3:50
Pappete-Nuku Hiva 3:45
Pappete-Hiva AO 3:35
Hao - Gambier 3:00
Rangiroa-Nuku Hiva 3:00



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User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7518 times:

Peninsula Airways in Alaska(KS) flies Saabs from ANC to the Pribilof Islands and Unalaska each just under 800miles one way. There is usually a refuel stop either on the way out or back in DLG.

User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7489 times:

Executive (American Eagle) flies some long haul runs with ATR-72s out of SJU. I think the longest is SJU-POS 2:50 southbound and 3:05 northbound. Also SJU-SLU, SJU-AUA, SJU-GND are all 2hours +.

User currently offlineSK973 From Sweden, joined Mar 2004, 327 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7489 times:

SAS flies the Dash-8 Q400 ARN-ZRH with a block time of 3 hours.
Also ARN-AMS with a block time of about 2:30.


User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2501 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7479 times:

I flew MSP-BMI (375 miles) in a NW Express Saab (through a squall line, no less) about four years ago. Was supposed to connect through DTW on a CRJ. Needless to say, I was pissed!


DC-8 61/63/71 DC-9-30/50 MD-80/82/83 DC-10-10/30 MD-11 717 721/2 732/3/4/5/G/8/9 741/2/4 752 762/3 777 A306/319/20/33 AT
User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7471 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 10):
I flew MSP-BMI (375 miles) in a NW Express Saab

Yeah, they do MSP - PIA with it too...



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User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7408 times:

Eagle is also bringing back a turboprop run that was cancelled after 9/11. DFW-LFT on a Saab 340. This isn't record-breaking by any means, but is a good 2 hour run, and will be the longest Saab run for Eagle. It's 340 miles and starts April 3 or 4. 3x daily.

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7367 times:
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Quoting Planespotting (Reply 4):
Quoting BNE (Reply 3):
Macair Airlines
CC 570 Cairns (CNS), Cairns, Queensland, Australia 06:45
Mount Isa (ISA), Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia 08:45
Non-stop

what kind of equipment?

Metroliner III

NZ has a 1 hour 35 min flight from WLG-Whangarei on a B1900D and the return takes 1 hour 40 mins.


User currently onlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2388 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7253 times:

FlyLAL will operate some its Vilnius-Istanbul flights with Saab 2000s with a scheduled block time of 3 hours and 5 minutes.


Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7253 times:

Aereo Litoral still flies daily Saab 45 seater between Hermosillo and Tucson. This is about 400 miles. Also, I think Horizon still flies its Q400s between Sacamento and Portalnd, OR.

User currently offlineVfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4003 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7253 times:

Cimber Air (QI) does a seasonal CPH-MPL service in the summer months on an ATR. It is 1.476km or 917miles

User currently offlineJetboy319 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7253 times:

Quoting DesertAir (Reply 15):
Also, I think Horizon still flies its Q400s between Sacamento and Portalnd, OR

That flight only takes about 1hr 20min.


User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7238 times:

While not the longest here at LAX we get:

QX: LAX-BOI
QX:LAX-SUN

Also another long one is USX DCA-HHH (seasonal)



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6933 times:
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This one would have to be the longest flight. Air Chatams Convair CV580s fly from WLG-Chatam Islands and CHC-Chatam Islands. Each flight takes about 5-6 hours

User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1779 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6797 times:

MEX-CPE (Campeche) on Aeromar is 559 mi. Flown with ATR-42-500

User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3024 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6002 times:

Scandanavia (SAS) fly LCY-ARN which is 890 miles accross the north sea or 2hrs 40mins.

Using a Dash 8-Q400.


User currently offlineOV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 913 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5938 times:

sasBaltic flies Fokker 50's from Riga to Dnipropetrovsk (Block time 3:05) and to Odessa (3:15).


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User currently offlineRIXrat From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 789 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5582 times:

Yes true, but airBaltic has been having trouble on some of these F50 flights because of smoke in the cabin. Their growth is so far stretched out that they don't realize that the Fokkers can't take the day-to-day schedules that are demanded of them.

My suggestion would be to get rid of most of the turbos and concentrate on an all-jet airline, except for the Baltic states.


User currently offlineOV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 913 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5436 times:

Quoting RIXrat (Reply 23):
My suggestion would be to get rid of most of the turbos and concentrate on an all-jet airline, except for the Baltic states.

Perhaps simply bring in some RJs to replace the Fokkers. I've heard the gentlemen in Stockholm have a plan to reintroduce the Fokker to OV's fleet (a pure-737 fleet doesn't really work in this area), so BT wouldn't really have to dump them too far. Then OV will probably use them on charter flights from Estonia to South Africa or New Zealand or someplace.  duck 


25 TWA902fly : Here's it so far (in statue miles) PPT-GMR 1028 miles (Air Tahiti) VNO-IST 957 miles (flyLAL) ARN-ZRH 925 miles (SAS) CPH-MPL 917 miles (Cimber Air) L
26 TransIsland : Currently, American Eagle operates NAS-TPA with an ATR-72. That's 324nm and exactly the same as MLI-DTW. The day I met my wife, I stepped out of a LH
27 Planespotting : haha, i think you have that mixed up a little bit. Miramar Naval Air Station to Tampa Bay Florida is closer to 3000 miles than 300... are you thinkin
28 Greasespot : 7F on a 748 from YFB to YRB.....NOt sure how far but I believe it is over 4 hours. GS
29 Post contains images Cpharris5514 : Assuming flying a straight line, QX flies DH8-400s from SEA-BIL, for a distance of 577 nm. The evening flight departs SEA at 21:00 PDT, and has a sche
30 TransIsland : No, I was referring to Nassau, Bahamas, which is NAS also... unfortunately, the text box lists that second, so it doesn't fit into it anymore...
31 Post contains images MtnWest1979 : Actually, it is listed third, behind Miramar and Moffett Field. But it fits in my square. That may be a bit off, I assume
32 SUPRAZACHAIR : Not a regular thing, but when we had CRJ shortages a year or 2 back we subbed Q400's SEA-SBA fairly often. I think the Q400 knocked out that flight ab
33 Mr AirNZ : Thank goodness im not teaching you CPL Navigation (joking). But seriously, you may just want to re-check your times and distances. A Convair would ge
34 N1120A : The main reason that flight is as long as it is is because the SF340 is rather slow compared to other turboprop aircraft. Another very long turboprop
35 QXatFAT : Yes, we had some in FAT for awhile from SEA
36 Aeromexico757 : Aerolitoral also has a flight from Guadalajara to Ciudad Obregon, 2:35min with a Saab 340.
37 Richierich : I flew PHL-CAE on a Dornier turboprop a few years ago. I don't know if this is still tb equipment or if it has gone RJ but it was a long flight! Not s
38 Post contains images MD90fan : We might have a winner here, or at least in my opinion USX flew PIT-BHM with a Fairchild Dornier 328(TP) like in the late 90's
39 1011 : I'll take a prop anyday over a RJ. Most people think I am crazy but at least props have windows that you can actually see out of. You don't have to be
40 Cedarjet : Rex (Regional Express) in Australia do some longish flights with their Saab 340s. I've flown them from Sydney to Broken Hill, which is 609 miles right
41 JetBlueAUS : A few years ago I flew on America West Express (Mesa Airlines) from PHX-ASE. It was on a DHC-8, and it was 2 hours and 30 minutes.
42 Tornado82 : Boston and Maine is looking to start BED-PIT (And I don't mean Bedford, PA for any locals). On the Jetstream 31. 419.0nm For about a month (October '0
43 PWM2TXLHopper : I'm with this guy, I'll also take a prop over an RJ any day. It really doesr feel more like 'real flying' and I say this after quite a bit of time fl
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