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"Airlines" That Use Light Aircaft

Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:14 pm

I'm aware of only one "airline" in Florida called Tropic Ocean Airways that has Cessna 206's on floats as well as a C-208 or two.

Specifically, what are other operations that use small aircraft usually reserved for training like the Cessna 182, 206, etc. ?
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:28 pm

9K's entire fleet (minus two ATR 42's operated for UA Express) is light aircraft. They have destinations all over the US and Caribbean.
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:32 pm

Air New Zealand and the Beech?
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:32 pm

Seaport Airlines and Air Choice One are two that I know that have fleet's of C208's
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:34 pm

Jet2 has a Piper PA-31 (G-IFIT) for crew positioning purposes.
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:40 pm

Sansa in Costa Rica, there are a few in Central America flying around with Caravans.
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:52 pm

There are a lot of these airlines from all around the world that operate to the smaller and far flung corners of their respective countries. One example here in Iceland is Myflug, that is originally from Myvatn (MYV) but has its main operating base in Akureyri (AEY):


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Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:55 pm

I'm aware of the mid-sized light aircraft operators that operates 402's, PA-31's, 208's, etc. I'm talking more specifically about even smaller like the 206/207...
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:56 pm

I have flown in BN Islander aircraft in the Orkney Islands (North of Scotland) painted in full BA colours. (OK, operated by Loganair, on behalf of BA). I have pictures, but cant post! One pilot, 7 pax seats, longest inter-island flight is about 10 minutes! And of course, this arrangement is the owner of the shortest scheduled airline flight in the world!
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:09 pm

Quoting sassiciai (Reply 8):
I have flown in BN Islander aircraft in the Orkney Islands (North of Scotland) painted in full BA colours. (OK, operated by Loganair, on behalf of BA). I have pictures, but cant post! One pilot, 7 pax seats, longest inter-island flight is about 10 minutes! And of course, this arrangement is the owner of the shortest scheduled airline flight in the world!

I've read about that flight! I think it's awesome. It's a cool little niche they've got up there. Would love to see picture of it!
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:15 pm

Quoting flyoregon (Reply 9):
I've read about that flight! I think it's awesome. It's a cool little niche they've got up there. Would love to see picture of it!

Here is a picture of the terminal at Papa Westray for you.

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Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:18 pm

There are several examples in Alaska.

- Hageland flying under the Ravn Alaska banner has the Cessna 207 & 208 making up the backbone of its fleet, and also flies an even smaller Cessna 180.
- Grant Aviation flies the C207 and also operates the GippsAero GA8.
- Wings of Alaska has a mix of C207 & C208.
- 40-Mile Air flies the tiny Super Cub on low frequency scheduled service.
- If I'm not mistaken, Everts Air still has a C180 in the fleet.
- Warbelow's Air Ventures and Wright Air Service each had one or two C206s last I checked.
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:31 pm

Also Mokulele Airlines of Hawai'i now exclusively operates a fleet of C208s.
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:38 pm

How about Trans Maldivian Airways that operates, to quote the company's website:

'With a fleet of more than 40 de Havilland Twin Otters, Trans Maldivian Airways operates the largest seaplane operation in the world'
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:41 pm

Quoting larshjort (Reply 10):
BN Islander aircraft in the Orkney Islands (North of Scotland) painted in full BA colours.
Quoting flyoregon (Reply 9):
Would love to see picture of it!

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Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:48 pm

There are more airlines in this category then many realize.

US based Cessna 208 operators flying scheduled pax routes:

*Tropic Ocean Airways using both float and land caravans, FXE Based
*Watermakers Air, FXE based
* at least two other companies are based at FXE as well, but I can't remember which one of the 20+ operations here they are...
*Seaport Airlines, Midwest to west coast
*Kenmore Air, Seattle Based
*Air Choice One, Midwest based
*Mokulele Airlines, Hawaii, Pittsburgh and Florida bases
*Cape Air, have a few float planes being tested
*And then there are a whole bunch up in Alaska such as Era/Hageland
*Pacific Wings and all their subsequent regional branded ops used caravans but thankfully they have been shut down.

US based PC-12 scheduled operators:
*Seaport previously operated them
*Boutique
*Tradewinds
*SurfAir

*You have Sun Air Express flying Chieftains out of Pittsburgh
*CapeAir have Cessna 402's all over the country and Caribbean
*You have a few operators in the Great Lakes area flying BN-2 Islanders to the lake islands.

You also have quite a few airlines out their on the east coast flying Cirrus' on a per seat basis, though they may technically be chartered, however I have seen some fairs being listed between cities.

Internationally there are even more and I would say that the caravan has been the airplane of choice for most in recent times.

*Tropic Air, which is the national airline of Belize that flies almost all Caravans, though they recently got a king Air and they have a few 172's
*Maya Island air, Tropic Air's main competitor also uses caravans.
*Susi Air flies Caravans and Pc-6's
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:08 am

Quoting flyoregon (Reply 7):

Ahh, I see. That narrows it down a bit. Eagle Air operates at least one C207 here in Iceland:


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And Myflug incidentally does as well, along with some C172s they use for tourist sight seeing charters in the north and east of the country.

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:20 am

Quoting flyoregon (Reply 9):
I've read about that flight! I think it's awesome. It's a cool little niche they've got up there. Would love to see picture of it!
Quoting larshjort (Reply 10):
Here is a picture of the terminal at Papa Westray for you.
Quoting steex (Reply 14):
Here you go:

And here is a video of an actual flight. The video is 2 mins 35 secs long with only just over 90 secs actually in the air:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pizP-00lVLM

The scheduled flight time of the morning Westray - Papa Westray flight is three minutes with an 08:46 departure. The afternoon Papa Westray - Westray flight is scheduled to take 2 mins with a 15:21 departure.

Why these timings and flight directions? Because the daily users of these services are school students as there is no Secondary (High) School on Westray.
 
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:09 am

But, I must ask, do you need the quote marks? It seems you have a size issue in your life.

  
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:19 am

San Juan Airlines in Washington state flies 206s and 207s IIRC bases in Anacortes and Bellingham, WA and
Yute Air in Alaska same in/out of Bethel also IIRC.
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:31 am

Quoting VV701 (Reply 17):
Why these timings and flight directions? Because the daily users of these services are school students as there is no Secondary (High) School on Westray.

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:59 pm

Susi Air from Indonesia has a 34 Cessna 208's
 
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:34 pm

Harbour Air in Vancouver (YHC).
Flights all over Vancouver Island and Whistler (seasonal) + Charters. All DHC aircraft with floats (DHC6, DHC3, DHC2) and a Pilatus PC12.

Same for Kenmore Air, and they even have a few C172s on floats.
Or Maldivian Air Taxi with their DHC6s.

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RE: "Airlines" That Use Light Aircaft

Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:04 pm

Quoting jumpjets (Reply 13):

'With a fleet of more than 40 de Havilland Twin Otters, Trans Maldivian Airways operates the largest seaplane operation in the world'

Mentioned just above, Harbour Air has a fleet of approx 55 floaters.

Also on BC's West Coast is KD Air and Orca Airways who operate scheduled service with PA-31's. Island Express Air as well operating from CYXX uses PA-31's as well as one or two Piper Warriors.

I'm sure there are MANY MANY other "Airline" operators of light aircraft, it's not uncommon at all.
 
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:27 pm

You could include all-cargo operations like the bootleggers who used to fly into our wet-county airport and load up to return to our dry-county neighbors. One flew a Champion Citabria with a skull and crossbones on the rudder; we called him "Captain Hook."

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:46 pm

Sounds Air in NZ uses Caravans and Pilatus aircraft: http://www.soundsair.com/

Barrier Air uses Caranvans, Partenavia, Piper and Islanders: http://www.greatbarrierisland.co.nz/Great_Barrier_Airlines.htm

Mountain Air uses small Cessnas: www.http://mountainair.co.nz/

FlyMySky uses Islanders: www.flymysky.co.nz/

Sunair uses Pipers: http://www.sunair.co.nz/
 
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RE: "Airlines" That Use Light Aircaft

Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:17 pm

In Ireland, Aer Arann Islands operates two BN2 Islanders for its scheduled daily flights on the NNR-IOR-NNR and NNR-IIA-INQ-NNR routes. Flight time is eight minutes on average.

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:39 pm

Quoting Aeolus (Reply 22):
Harbour Air in Vancouver (YHC).
Flights all over Vancouver Island and Whistler (seasonal) + Charters. All DHC aircraft with floats (DHC6, DHC3, DHC2) and a Pilatus PC12.

Also a C185 and C172 and a R44 helicopter.

Quoting My16sidedoffice (Reply 23):
Also on BC's West Coast is KD Air

They also have a C172 and a PA32 Cherokee Six.

There are literally hundreds of Cessna Skywagon and similar operators in Canada in air taxi service.

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Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:48 am

Not forgetting MAF which operate scheduled and charter flights with a fleet of 52 aircraft from 15 bases around the world. They operate Cessna 206 208 182 207 210 185 172, Quest Kodiak 100, Pilatus pc12 and Beechcraft king air 200.
 
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Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:16 pm

what about the Beechcraft 1900D of Twin Jet ?
 
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Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:16 pm

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 27):
Also a C185 and C172 and a R44 helicopter.

The Cessnas are gone and the R44 is the owner's.
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Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:06 pm

I don't think Samoa Air has been mentioned yet -- the airline that gained notoriety a few years ago when they started charging based on weight. Their entire fleet consists of two Cessna 172s. They used to have a couple of BN Islanders but if Wikipedia is correct they've retired them.
 
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Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:26 pm

Quoting AMIKI (Reply 29):

The Beech 1900 is not a light aircraft, it weights 17,000+Lbs. A light aircraft is one 12,500lbs and below by definition.
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Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:32 pm

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