Ultra-long haul commercial flights have been the big news of late, with Qantas proving that a 19-hour, 16-minute non-stop hop from New York to Sydney is possible with a modern jetliner.
But what about the other end of the scale?
Forget starting a movie, as Australia’s shortest domestic trip is just 15-minutes, from Harvey Bay to Maryborough in Queensland.
But that is a marathon compared to the world’s shortest flight of just 2-minutes (or 47-seconds in a good tailwind), between Westray and Papa Westray in Scotland’s Orkney Islands.
Loganair operates a de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter for the short jaunt, a trip covering just 3.2km. Watch a video of the flight here.
There is growth in short-haul legs too, with British Airways (BA125) soon to offer an 87km leg between Bahrain and Dammam in Saudia Arabia. Why? The current BA8499 ‘flight’ is actually a 90-minute road transfer in a limousine!
Great for experience, but not so much for building hours, you can read more about short-hop commercial flights here.