The shortest commercial flight ever lasted only 53 seconds

  • The world’s shortest flight connects two small islands in Scotland
  • It’s less than 3 miles and it takes less than a minute
  • There are 10 seats on the plane

Published on Jun 11, 2024 at 7:49 PM (UTC+4)
by Alessandro Renesis

Last updated on Jun 13, 2024 at 6:26 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

The world’s shortest flight takes less time than it probably takes to read this and the next two paragraphs.

It takes off from a small island in Scotland only to land on another small island next to it.

And on a good day, with favorable winds and light luggage, it takes less than a minute.

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Celebrities like Taylor Swift and Floyd Mayweather make headlines all the time for using their jet to go from A to B when A and B are just a few miles away.

But this is different, because it’s a scheduled flight, and it’s a passenger flight.

And it takes less than a minute.

Loganair flight LM711 connects Westray, a small Scottish island, to Papa Westray, an even smaller island, two or three times per day, depending on weather conditions.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the flight covers just 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) and, depending on different factors, can cover that distance in just 53 seconds.

The aircraft for the world’s shortest flight weighs less than some cars

Loganair uses a Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander for the world’s shortest flight.

This minute aircraft has a top speed of 272 km/h and it only weighs 1,407 kg, which is around half the weight of a Cybertruck.

There are no inflight facilities and only 10 seats in total.

And here’s the kicker, you can’t choose a seat, the seat is instead allocated to each passenger based on evenly distributing weight around the airplane.

We’re sure the airline must have figured out a – how can we put it – ‘politically correct’ way of relaying this particular bit of information to passengers.

What about the world’s longest flight?

The longest non-stop flight in the world available today will take you from New York to Singapore in just under 19 hours.

Singapore Airlines flight SQ23 covers 15,349 km (9,537 miles) from New York-JFK to Singapore airport in 18 hours and 50 minutes.

There’s also a ‘twin’ flight leaving from Newark and this is a lot faster, it ‘only’ takes 18 hours and 45 minutes.

Levity aside, we should also point out that, because of the time difference between NYC and Singapore, passengers effectively land two days later.

And the cost?

We checked, and prices for the 18-hour (+) trip aboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900ULR start at around $2,000.

But that’s in coach, which is probably not exactly ideal for such a long flight.

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Alessandro Renesis

Experienced content creator with a strong focus on cars and watches. Alessandro penned the first-ever post on the Supercar Blondie website and covers cars, watches, yachts, real estate and crypto. Former DriveTribe writer, fixed gear bike owner, obsessed with ducks for some reason.