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Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown?

Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:38 am

A year and a half ago, I flew on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 831 ADD-BZV-FIH for work. I always knew that Brazaville and Kinshasa were the closest international capitals, separated by just the river Congo, from which both their countries draw this name. The airports BZV and FIH are just 16nm apart, and reviewing a video I shot of the flight I time wheels-up to touchdown at just over nine minutes.
Is this the shortest scheduled widebody flight in the world, in fact is it the shortest scheduled flight not counting helicopter vertical ascents?
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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:44 am

IIRC, Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands is the shortest scheduled service - and pretty hard to beat, too, so it has become a bit of a tourist attraction. It is, however, not operated by a widebody for some strange reason...  Wink

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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:44 am

Quoting Cricket (Thread starter):
Is this the shortest scheduled widebody flight in the world, in fact is it the shortest scheduled flight

No. The record is Papa Westry (PPW) to Westry (WRY), in the Orkneys in Scotland. As the crow flies, it is a 2-mile sector, with a block time of 2 minutes. It is flown 8-seat Islanders (BNI) operated by Loganair. When I flew it, it took 90 seconds (I counted). We took off, very quickly turned right over the sea, approached, and landed on the other island (Westry). In contrast, BZV-FIH is a 16-mile sector, so is clearly also extremely short even with the requisite maneuvering.

Edited to add aircraft details.

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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:57 am

Quoting aloges (Reply 1):
IIRC, Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands is the shortest scheduled service - and pretty hard to beat, too, so it has become a bit of a tourist attraction. It is, however, not operated by a widebody for some strange reason...  
Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
No. The record is Papa Westry (PPW) to Westry (WRY), in the Orkneys in Scotland. As the crow flies, it is a 2-mile sector, with a block time of 2 minutes. It is flown 8-seat Islanders (BNI) operated by Loganair. When I flew it, it took 90 seconds (I counted).

Thanks guys, but this could be the shortest scheduled widebody and jet-powered flight? I don't know if ET sells this sector, even though the rickety ferries across the Congo are positively scary.
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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:40 pm

Which type was operating the route? I seem to spot 737 nacelles, so not a wide-body so to speak, still a mighty jet!
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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:45 pm

Quoting brightcedars (Reply 4):
Which type was operating the route? I seem to spot 737 nacelles, so not a wide-body so to speak, still a mighty jet!

A mix of 737 and 767 aircraft.
 
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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:12 pm

Quoting Cricket (Reply 3):
Thanks guys, but this could be the shortest scheduled widebody and jet-powered flight?

It might be the shortest widebody/jet-powered flight currently, but OAK-SFO has been flown in the past with widebodies -- apparently even with the 747SP.
 
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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:43 pm

Sabena used to fly the B743 on the FIH BZV sector back in the days.
 
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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:43 pm

Quoting brightcedars (Reply 4):
Which type was operating the route? I seem to spot 737 nacelles, so not a wide-body so to speak, still a mighty jet!

The flight was operated by ET-AMF a 767-3BGER


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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:31 pm

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 7):
Sabena used to fly the B743 on the FIH BZV sector back in the days.

And UTA DC-10s.
 
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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:14 am

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 7):

Sabena used to fly the B743 on the FIH BZV sector back in the days.

That would have been a fun 747 flight, I wonder if ET actually sells this sector?
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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:16 am

Quoting Cricket (Reply 10):
Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 7):

Sabena used to fly the B743 on the FIH BZV sector back in the days.

That would have been a fun 747 flight, I wonder if ET actually sells this sector?

It doesn't look like ET sells BZV-FIH, probabably because they only operate it in one direction since it's a triangular routing ADD-BZV-FIH-ADD. Or they may not have 5th freedom rights.
 
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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:30 am

Not a widebody, but an interesting one which is on sale is NBO-WIL operated SAX using a Beech 1900, as part of a multi-sector flight. When myself and a fellow nutter enquired about this at the ticket desk at NBO, naturally the staff took some convincing and had to make a few phone calls to find out what to charge us. Unfortunately it was too much for my liking and we didn't do it.
 
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RE: Is BZV-FIH The Shortest Scheduled Sector Flown

Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:53 am

Also a very short flight (but not a widebody) : Moorea-PPT in 7 min with a Twin Otter.

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