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Anonymous8 Jul 2011
Flew from Athens to Mykonos on Aegean airlines this week. 20 minute flight. On the outward bound, managed to get hot cup of coffee. On the return flight, the drink trolley only managed to get 6 rows before the plane started descending.
Is there some sort of legal reason that they serve stuff; some strange EU directive which stops them being classified as a budget airline?
Also anyone know of any shorter flights( excluding helicopters)?8 Jul 2011
Yep I can beat that, Glasgow to Edinburgh all of 10 minutes if I recall. It was a scheduled service on BEA and I still have the ticket – £3 for a return but no in flight service! I think it was on a Viscount.8 Jul 2011
British Midland (the forerunner to Bmi) also operated EDI-GLA many moons ago and with a Viscount, if I remember correctly.
The routing was carried out for operational reasons, eg EMA-EDI-GLA-EMI, which would enable the carrier to serve two cities on the same rotation. It wasn’t seriously aimed at winning pax from surface transport. although you could book a ticket if you wished.
Edinburgh-Glasgow is about 50 miles. Takes over an hour by motorway, under an hour by train. Trains operate frequently.
No legal reason why any airline need “serve stuff” to passengers.8 Jul 2011
The world’s shortest flight is operated by Loganair between Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkney’s. The time in the air is 2 minutes. There are no refreshments!8 Jul 2011
Some of bmi’s Copenhagen services used to operate GLA-EDI-CPH and vv with a flying time of about 10-15 minutes between the two Scottish cities. Not sure if they sold tickets for the GLA – EDI leg, though and I doubt they attempted any form of catering service. Route now operates with non-stops from both cities.
I think the shortest international flight is between Anguilla and Nevis at about 12 miles but its questionable whether this operates as a scheduled or passenger charter flight. Any other ultra-short international routes?8 Jul 2011
Bom-Goi 37 to 45 mins flying time. Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airline and Air India are the FSC’s operating this sector and provide a full hot meal appropriate to the time of the day on this route. Ixu-Bom operated by Jet used to get a full hot meal (dinner). total flight time is 45mins they dont serve it anymore as this flight is now being operated by Jet Konnect their low cost subsidiary. Air India till day serves a hot meal in J and a snack box in Y on this route.8 Jul 2011