The Shortest 57-Second Passenger Flight in the World

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  • Published on: Monday, May 20, 2019
  • At any given moment, there are about 10,000 planes in the air carrying over a million passengers around the world. Most of those people are up there to travel bigger distances in a shorter time because that’s what planes are for, right? So why would anyone take the world's shortest commercial flight with a mere 1.7-mile-long route?

    Actually, it's how you can get from the island of Westray to the island of Papa Westray the fastest. Your time onboard will be just as shockingly short at 57 seconds! Well, that’s the record time planes reach when the wind is favorable. If not, you might have to endure a whole 2 minutes if you include taxiing time.

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    - When it’s time to board, you’ll approach a small plane out on the tarmac. It's a Britten-Norman Islander, a light regional aircraft with 8 seats.
    - By the way, traveling by a Britten-Norman Islander is more or less "green," at least in comparison to other planes.
    - Admittedly, the plane doesn't go too high into the air as it flies over the water. And next thing you know, you’re landing.
    - You leave the aircraft, happy and impressed, and here's a surprise for you! As one of those who made this trip for the first time in their life, you get a special certificate!
    - Local teachers, doctors, bankers, and other islanders use this service on a regular basis. Amazingly, the Orkney Inter-Isles Air Service has already transported more than 1 million passengers!
    - Loganair opened this route in 1967 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. The company treasures this route, saying that it's a world-famous jewel of their network.
    - On the other end of the flight-time spectrum, Singapore Airlines launched the longest non-stop flight in the world in October 2018. The ultra-long-range plane covers a mind-blowing 9,700 miles (15,600 km) when it travels from Singapore Changi Airport to New York.
    - And if you ever get a chance, be sure to check out South-African-based budget-friendly Kulula Airlines. This company has become famous thanks to its planes' bright green and often hilarious paint jobs!
    - Are you a fan of Hello Kitty? Then you'll love the Taiwanese airline EVA. Several of this company’s aircraft are decorated in Hello Kitty style, with every single detail reminding you of this adorable cartoon cat.
    - If you've chosen Air Malta to fly from London Gatwick Airport to Malta, then it’d be your lucky day! The airline launched an in-flight spa service free of charge! Two professional masseuses offer passengers neck, feet, scalp, and hand massages during the flight.
    - If you’re looking for a bit of extreme in your life, you can try blind booking, also called "mystery flights," by German low-cost airline Eurowings.
    - In 2011, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines decided to help its passengers network during flights. The airline partnered with Facebook, and together they created an opportunity for people to see the LinkedIn and Facebook profiles of other passengers to choose their flight neighbor.

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