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Old Aug 12, 17, 9:09 pm
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Shortest Flight Ever?

Recently got diverted from BWI to IAD because of weather. A couple of hours later, we then flew IAD to BWI.....17 minutes wheels up to wheel down. It was my shortest commercial flight ever.

Anybody else been on a shorter flight on commercial jet service?
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Old Aug 12, 17, 9:14 pm
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Years ago there was a flight from OAK-SFO.

I think there've been a few threads about this in the past where people came up with some duesies.
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Old Aug 13, 17, 12:35 am
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Westray to Papa Westray is about 57 seconds with favourable winds.
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Old Aug 13, 17, 2:53 am
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My landing practice flights < 1 minute each.

I paid for them so would that count?
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Old Aug 13, 17, 7:38 am
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DTW-LAN is a longer distance but 15-16 minutes in flight. I fly it a few times a year, when it's cheaper than taking the bus to DTW.
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Old Aug 13, 17, 10:00 pm
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TOL (Toledo, OH)- DTW 49 miles, discontinued a few years ago after years of service

FRA-EWR-JFK, EWR was a diversion. No local EWR-JFK traffic.

IAH (Houston) helicopter service to several helipads. No longer in service.

PHL-JFK on TWA in the 80's and 90's - 727 service

DCA-PHL, which isn't that short

There are a number of flights that are about 100 miles including MKE-ORD (which I haven't been aboard), CAE-CLT, LIT-MEM, SMF-SFO, etc. Some of these are primarily for connections.

Another question might be "What is the shortest flight you've taken where you were O&D traffic and not connecting?" Mine was probably 100 miles on a mainline within the US (didn't want to drive late at night), about 25 miles outside the US (between islands and quicker than a ferry).
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Old Aug 13, 17, 10:12 pm
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Land's End to the Scillies is about 11 minutes.
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Old Aug 14, 17, 6:44 am
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TLL-HEL (Tallinn to Helsinki) is 63 miles, sub-20 minutes, and has probably been done by quite a lot of FlyerTalkers.
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Old Aug 14, 17, 6:59 am
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My shortest was Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) to Moorea (MOZ). According to the interwebs, the flight is about 11 miles and 7 minutes.
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Old Aug 14, 17, 7:24 am
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Westray to Papa Westray is about 57 seconds with favourable winds.
Yup. Tons of fun. It was ~1:20 when I did it a few years ago. http://blog.wandr.me/2010/07/the-wor...flight-and-me/

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Old Aug 14, 17, 7:33 am
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On AS between WRG and PSG, I actually timed it, 9 minutes wheels up to wheels down.
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Old Aug 14, 17, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
Another question might be "What is the shortest flight you've taken where you were O&D traffic and not connecting?"
Norfolk VA (ORF) to Newport News VA (PHF) and return, 23 miles each way.

Piedmont Airlines, 1986, Shorts 330 each way, sole pax on ORF-PHF sector.

Bought a round-trip ticket for about 30 bucks, needed it to get 2 additional segments for a free-trip promo that Piedmont was running at the time.

And it was true O&D - I left the airport after arriving at PHF in the morning, went home, then back to PHF for the return flight in the afternoon.
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Old Aug 14, 17, 7:54 pm
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Shortest flight

What is the shortest commercial flight you have taken?


Years ago, I took a WN flight from ISP to PVD, it was about 12 minutes in the air.
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Old Aug 14, 17, 8:39 pm
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About 10 minutes, Bahrain to Al Khobar. Enough time for 2 Gin & Tonics before prohibition set in!
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