Shortest segment ever?

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  1. mevlannen
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    Sitting in the YVR domestic MLL now, quaffing coffee, and waiting for a short hop over the Salish Sea to YCD, which is something like 12 minutes airborne.

    View out the window from 1F will be nice (it almost always is, unless we're flying in the teeth of a storm), but the flight is so shorter that the safety announcements (and subsequent explanation of what's what and where's where in the cabin) end about 20 seconds before the chime rings and we get the approaching-Vancouver safety announcements.

    So, wondering out loud: is that the shortest segment in the AC network? For that matter, is that the shortest segment in the *A network?

    I need more coffee, clearly.
     
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    Wow, that is a short flight -- shorter than IAD-BWI and LAX-SNA which UA used to fly. it's no Westray-Papa Westray or even PPT-MOZ, But great question about shortest flight in Star. Need to think about that one!!
     
  3. There is a six minute flight somewhere in the UK that I've heard about.
     
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    Certainly not *A but definitely a commercial flight, LGB to TWH (Catalina Island) was ~ 15 minutes back in the day. The cool thing was it was a Grumman Goose that landed in the water and if you were quick, you could sit in the co-pilots seat.

    Awesome.
     
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    That SNA-LAX flight was awesome. A big reversed S flight path. Usually sat longer waiting for a gate at LAX than the flight itself.

    My avatar is from final into LAX from SNA!

    As for what is shortest right now, I am thinking ANA, but will have to check.
     
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    Did the SNA-LAX run many times. For a very short while they had a 319 on that run.
     
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    Nope. Nothing under 65km
     
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  9. True but wanted it out there for info.
     
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    Took a United flight from SFO to Oakland back in about 1985.
    It was three minutes in the air!
    Safety announcement was during taxi.
     
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    Not *A, but TWA flew between SFO and OAK in ten minutes scheduled time, sometimes even in the L-1011. It felt like flying just above the waves.
     
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    We did CUK-TZA a few years ago, probably about 20 km and 10 minutes in the air, in (I think) a Cessna 208. I sat in the co-pilot's seat as it was the last one available. The landing was amazing, you could barely feel the wheels touching the tarmac, the pilot had it honed to perfection.
     
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    I flew this on US a while back, as part of a direct flight. (Doubt it is still offered.) 31 miles. I was the only pax on the segment.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Have also done this. :)

    [​IMG]
     
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    Plenty of commercial planes fly JFK-LGA in the morning in the summer, due to diversions the night before from the semi-enforced seasonal curfew at LGA.

    I doubt any are passenger flights, however.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I used to fly between SFO & MRY, it was about a 20 min flight on most days, ~45 mins with weather/fog issue.
     
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    Quite a bit shorter than that, actually. It looks something like this:


    I never got that one, sadly. I flew the triangle route a few times but never in that direction due to timing.
    Ditto. :cool:
    I got TZA-BZE-SPR (wanted TZA-SPR but they did a flag stop in BZE after we took the taxi over to TZA; go figure) when we went to Belize. I got to ride shotgun on BZE-SPR. :cool:

    [​IMG]

    A few days later, after diving, I did a walk-up SPR-CUK and took the ferry back:
    [​IMG]

    I also have JRB-EWR and CZM-MLA in scheduled helicopter service, but no miles earnt from either. A few years back I flew POS-TAB operated by BW; dunno what they're calling themselves these days. And NSB-FLL (51 miles) in a flying boat.

    But for alliance-eligible flights I think my shortest is COS-DEN at 72 miles.
     
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    AC is starting up service between YYC and Red Deer, AB (YQF). Airport to airport distance is 74 miles. Which coincidentally is the same distance between YVR and YCD (Nanaimo) according to http://distancecalculator.globefeed.com/canada . I seem to recall for a short while there was actually a scheduled flight between YXD (Edmonton Municipal airport) and YEG which is 21 miles.

    And for a time there was a helicopter service offered by AC between YYZ and a waterfront heliport (not sure if it was to YTZ though) and of course PanAm operated helicopter flights between its HQ building on Park Avenue to its JFK terminal. Not sure if these qualify as scheduled flights though.
     
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    Short flights I've flown include

    07mi NZOX-GBZ (booked as AKL-GBZ)
    37mi NSN-BHE
    39mi CXH-ZNA vv
    39mi YVR-YYJ vv
    44mi WLG-PCN vv
    47mi ZQN-MFN vv
    50mi WLG-BHE vv
    56mi NAA-MRZ
    58mi ROK-GLT
    65mi BCI-LRE
    65mi GBZ-AKL
    66 mi AKL-HLZ
    67mi SJU-STT
    69mi AKL-NZOX
    81mi WLG-PMR vv
    82mi WLG-NSN vv
    88mi AKL-WRE vv
    89mi AKL-TRG vv
    90mi BAH-DOH vv
    94mi CHC-HKK vv
    95mi WLG-WAG vv
     
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