An airline operating in the islands of Scotland has won a contract to operate the world's shortest scheduled flight. If the wind is blowing in the right direction the flight time is as short as 47 seconds, from take off to landing.
The mini flight takes passengers from the Westray and Papa Westray islands in the remote Orkneys. The actual distance is just 1.1 miles (1.7km) and a flight ticket will set you back £21 ($30) return. Loganair had gone head to head with two other operators to win the bid to fly from one island to the other in the time it takes most passengers to sort out doing up their seat belts and adjusting their seats, reports Travel Daily Media.
Phil Preston, chief executive at Loganair was quoted in Global Post, saying:
It’s a great privilege to maintain operations on one of the world’s most famous routes, linking two island’s while being a milestone for the many aviation enthusiasts who travel from far and wide to complete the journey. We’re extremely proud of the vital services we offer to the island communities of Orkney.
If Westray to Papa Westray is the world's shortest hop by scheduled plane, then at the other end of the scale would find Singapore Airlines running a scheduled flight lasting a staggering 18 hours 32 minutes. The flight goes between New York and Singapore and covers more than 9,500 miles.