Route includes the shortest scheduled passenger flight in the world.


(September 25, 2017) A gold-painted Britten-Norman Islander is taking to the skies on Wednesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Scotland’s Airline, Loganair.


The Islander, which has been the mainstay of the airline fleet in delivering its regional services since [1967], will ‘hop’ between seven of the Orkney islands in a tour that culminates with speeches and presentations by senior executive of the airline in Kirkwall.


The tour includes the shortest commercial passenger sector in the world, between Westray and Papa Westray. Flights on this route are scheduled for one and a half minutes, although the actual flying time in an Islander can be as little as 53 seconds.


The Islander is one of Europe’s most successful and enduring designs, its success being attributed to its exemplary performance as a multi-role, high frequency, short-haul platform. The aircraft is renowned for its excellent performance and high operating reliability and offers an effective, dependable and low-cost solution for operators. The aircraft can operate in some of the world's harshest and most rugged environments, including all terrain operations from unprepared surfaces as short as 350m.


The tour comprises the following route: Kirkwall to Stronsay; Stronsay to Sanday; Sanday to North Ronaldsay; North Ronaldsay to Papa Westray; Papa Westray to Westray; Westray to Eday; and Eday back to Kirkwall.


On completion of the tour and the return to Kirkwall, an address will be given by Jonathan Hinkles, Managing Director of Loganair, with congratulations from Councillor Harvey Johnston of the Orkney Islands Council and Scott Grier OBE, former Loganair chairman. The celebration will include performances from local dance groups and musicians.




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