mehtabrahman
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Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 1:24 am

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 ?
 
swissgabe
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 1:38 am

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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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 2:54 am

20MAR-TH-
BA8872 WRYPPW 0834 0836

20MAR-TH-
BA8884 PPWWRY 1509 1511
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Rick767
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:25 am

The flight distance is apparently less than the length of the runway at Heathrow.
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LPL
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:28 am

What's the altitude and speed?
 
Cleco
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:54 am

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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brons2
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:58 am

Why don't they just have a ferry?
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jtamu97
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 4:00 am

Jake,
Yep had an article in Airways on this flight. Great article.
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 4:04 am

"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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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 4:36 am

Does the landing gear go up?
 
trident3
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 5:18 am

No. Because its flown with an Islander

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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 5:37 am

Indeed it is £ 28.00 return. I wonder what the loads are like for a 2 minute flight.
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mehtabrahman
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 8:28 pm

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?
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Wed Mar 19, 2003 9:07 pm

Twenty-eight quid for two minutes or less? That's gotta be more expensive than Concorde.
 
patroni
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Thu Mar 20, 2003 7:08 am

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
 
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Thu Mar 20, 2003 7:37 am

So which is the island where you land on the beach?I belive schedules are governed by the tides!
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Thu Mar 20, 2003 8:58 am

That airport on the beach is Barra  Smile
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RE: Shortest Scheduled Flight In The World!

Thu Mar 20, 2003 9:15 am

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

1. Shallow water in channel
2. No harbour
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