Because many people here have enquired about the shortest scheduled RJ
flight, I’ve decided to give a trip report of it because I fly it every week as a part of my commute to work in South Texas. Here is the photo Trip Report for IAH
(George Bush Intercontinental Houston) to EFD
(Houston Ellington Field).
Flight No: CO
Equipment: Embraer ERJ-145 XR
Scheduled Departure Time: 5:15p
Actual Departure Time: 5:32p
Scheduled Arrival Time: 5:42p
Actual Arrival Time: 5:40p
Flight Time: 8 minutes!
Class: All Coach
I connect from MFE weekly and my first leg always parks at the new Terminal E, so my walk is quite long to get to Terminal B where the RJ
's are located. Luckily, they are busing people now from the two terminals until the train is finished that will connect the two terminals (well, sort of!!!). I arrived at Terminal B at about 4:45p, and they called for boarding at about 5:00. This flight was about half full, and considering that the ERJ only holds 50, boarding was completed quite quickly.
Here is a view over to the next aircraft waiting to be boarded:
The door was closed and we pushed back at approximately 5:16p. We headed West past the south side of Terminal B and A to taxi way WW
We didn’t have to wait for too many other aircraft in front of us to taxi into position, so at 5:32p, we were cleared for take-off from runway 15L.
The take-off roll lasted all of about 25 seconds, and then we were airborne. We continued on a heading of 150 deg. for about 3 minutes, then the power was pulled back to maintain about 250 knots and an altitude of about 3000 feet.
We then turned right to a heading of about 180 at the Houston Ship Channel.
At this point, the flight attendant reminds everyone that this flight is so short that, not only will we not have any beverage service, but that electronic devises including cell phones are not permitted at all during this flight. We are however, invited to adjust our seat backs to our liking! Meanwhile the pilots have already adjusted the flaps to 9 deg., and begun to slow for landing. Downtown Houston is directly east of us.
As we fly over the South East part of the Sam Houston Toll Way, the pilots drop the flaps to the maximum and make final corrections for RW
We are told to get the tray tables and seats in their up and locked position, and the next thing you know, we are about to land.
If you look closely you will notice the Texas Air National Guard's F-16's at the ready.
We taxi quickly to the small Continental terminal adjacent to the control tower and wait for the gate checked bags to be brought out.
We are let out and in 8 minutes we are across Houston Texas, the fourth largest city in the US!!
I would like to thank Ryan Richter for the airport maps!