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Air Tahiti PPT-Gambier - The Longest ATR Flight?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 3:04 am

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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RE: Air Tahiti PPT-Gambier - The Longest ATR Flight?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 3:20 am

The longest european flight is the Cimberair ATR 72 from Copenhagen to Montpellier ( 3.5 hours ) - which is pretty long for an ATR 72 !
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RE: Air Tahiti PPT-Gambier - The Longest ATR Flight?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 3:50 am

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!
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RE: Air Tahiti PPT-Gambier - The Longest ATR Flight?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 6:30 am

AE has a long ATR72 flight also -- SJU-BGI which is about 2:30.
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RE: Air Tahiti PPT-Gambier - The Longest ATR Flight?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 6:49 am

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.
 
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RE: Air Tahiti PPT-Gambier - The Longest ATR Flight?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 7:17 am

Af022,

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

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RE: Air Tahiti PPT-Gambier - The Longest ATR Flight?

Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:36 am

PPT-GMR might be the longest flight on any kind of prop-- by distance, anyway. The Penrhyn-Rarotonga EMB ties it for time.
 
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RE: Air Tahiti PPT-Gambier - The Longest ATR Flight?

Fri Dec 10, 2004 5:45 pm

So what about all this ETOPS for the ATR? Aren't they usually allowed to fly over large stretches of water?
 
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RE: Air Tahiti PPT-Gambier - The Longest ATR Fligh

Fri Dec 10, 2004 6:49 pm

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.
 
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RE: Air Tahiti PPT-Gambier - The Longest ATR Fligh

Fri Dec 10, 2004 9:16 pm

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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