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Smallest Aircraft At Heathrow  
User currently offlineSabena_a340 From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 100 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

I just wanna know what is the smallest regular aircraft at Heathrow? Is it profitable for the airlines to fly there with such small airplanes ? Or is it only a big airport ?!

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User currently offlineKRP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

KLM flies F50´s from RTM - or at least used to

LH-cityline flies CRJ from CGN

SK does the occasional 737-600

smaller than that I don't know of the top of my head.
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One could ague that the use of a small AC is a waste of of a scarce slot - but on the other hand is does open up for frequencies to smaller airports



User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7124 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2237 times:

Luxair have an EMB-145 into LHR.

Manx have a 146 to IOM

BE / AF have 146's to TLS and LYS, which are infrequently replaced by the Dash-8's.



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User currently offlineLj From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4420 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

KRP, KLM still flies F50's into LHR from RTM. Moreover KLMexel flies ATR42's or 72's into LHR from EIN. As far as I know KLM is the only airline with scheduled commuter planes into LHR.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8898 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2183 times:

I saw a Jersey European (now British European) BAe 146-200 at LHR when I was there.

Jeff


User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

F50 is probably the smallest regularly tasked airline aircraft. Visits by B Ae125 and Learjets to LHR are not uncommon, though private jet traffic is seriously discouraged.#

I have had the pleasure of using a Shorts 360 from LHR, when BRS was closed by weather.


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2132 times:

Fokkor 50 .
SAS 736s are more common now


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

Luxair ERJ145's, and Lufthansa Cityline CL600 (or is it another embraer...).

User currently offlineNalanji From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

Air France, and British Airways operate a lot of Avro RJ100's. I was there this Saturday, and a few took off just after the BA Concorde!

User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

And occassionally, Manx will operate the ATP (apart from the usual Bae146) to LHR. KLM with its Fokker 50s and ATRs probably has the smallest regular planes. Crossair and Luxair with ERJs follow...

Two years ago, there was the Ghostrider.... What actually happened to it, and where was it flying to / fro? Always a pleasure to see it at T4, amongst the giants Big grin

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2051 times:

Certainly the Fokker 50 of the KLM family, I have seen it myself. Adria of Slovenia also uses the CRJ into LHR on occasion - I have pics of that one.

Trintocan.



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User currently offlineBCal DC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 722 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2023 times:

Lufthansa definitely use a CRJ into LHR cos I'm on one on friday morning going to CGN!!  Big thumbs up
Will make a nice change from a big fat widebody to Europe...


User currently offlineD10RK From France, joined Dec 1999, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2023 times:

ER4 LUXAIR

User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2018 times:

LHR reminds me of DXB. We hardly get any small prop planes here in DXB!


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User currently offlineMigman From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 91 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

sometimes we get a 10 seater turboprop ie kingair 350 or a piper to do the LHR - EMA route for BD

migman Nuts



User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1962 times:

Migman - bmi do not operate LHR-EMA anymore, although they did operate it as a 'slot saver' for a very short time a couple of years ago with a Saab 340:

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It was, however, a regular route many years before that - using Shorts 330 & 360 aircraft (I bet you didn't know they operated the Shorts 330 - I certainly didn't!)
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Could the Shorts 330 be the smallest a/c to operate into LHR on scheduled services in the last 20 years? ...or does someone know differently?


User currently offlineMigman From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 91 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

sorry
i ment the LHR - LBA

i know it is once in a blue moon but it does happen

migman9-p


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1916 times:

Migman
hmmmm..........bmi's LHR-LBA route is scheduled for the 737-300/500, with occasional A320 & Fokker 100s.

I don't think the aircraft you saw was doing the LBA route.

It could well have been the LHR-EMA route when they operated it a couple of years ago - I once saw a complaint letter at about that time from a pax who was travelling on a Beechcraft instead of the rostered Saab 340 (but I can't remember the route). The passenger was not only complaining about BM sub-chartering this aircraft as a replacement, but more so that it didn't have a toilet, and the man seated behind his family had to use an empty water bottle to relieve himself!

This is actually true - a copy of the letter was posted 'Diamond Views' - the British Midland staff magazine at that time.


User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1908 times:

Sabena used to operate a Beech 99 fro LHR to Liege -long time ago though


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User currently offlineAeroflot-777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

I know that OS operates F70 to LHR on tuesdays and
Luxair flies with Embraer aircraft to LHR.Regards


User currently offlineLekky-Man From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1863 times:

Can't argue with any of the replies as far as scheduled stuff goes but I can better it for non-scheduled stuff.

I've known the airline i work for (AAG) take an SW4 Metroliner into LHR on Medi-vac flights to/from EXT, BRS, FZO and various other places. We've also send our Cessna F406 Caravan aircraft in there too. The most unlikely one was probably about 12 months ago when for reasons i cannot say on here (due to someone getting the sack for their mistake), we had to send a Cessna 402 in!!!
Did anyone see it then?

LM


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13194 posts, RR: 77
Reply 21, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

Non airline of course, but I remember a Spitfire visiting LHR in the late 1980's!

User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

Back in the early 70s an Islander was used to run an LHR to LGW shuttle. It was replaced by an Sikorski S61 helicopter!


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