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Shortest Mainline Route

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by BobDispatch, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. BobDispatch

    BobDispatch Well-Known Member

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    As more flying seems to be going to mainline carries it is interesting to see these new routes.

    I just released a 320 from IAD to ORF. Flight time is 35 mins. Max altitude is 13,000. Time from top of climb to top of decent is 6 minutes.

    Does anyone know of any shorter mainline flights?
     
  2. Cherokee_Cruiser

    Cherokee_Cruiser Well-Known Member

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    Northwest DC9s and A319/320s used to do DTW-LAN and DTW-FNT.

    ORF to IAD is 137 mm straight? I can think of some mainline legs that are shorter, e.g., DTW-GRR.
     
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  3. Stone Cold

    Stone Cold Well-Known Member

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    Back in the day, American Airlines used to have a DAB-JAX-DFW mainline flight. DAB to JAX shows 106 miles, so 90 nautical approximately. I had to sleep in JAX a couple of times non-revving during my college days...
     
  4. Nick

    Nick Well-Known Member

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    DTW-GRR is short. 120NM. Usually 25-28 minutes.
     
  5. BobDispatch

    BobDispatch Well-Known Member

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    My airline has a ORD-GRR now as well I guess. Block time 55 mins flight time 26 mins on the Airbus.

    Interesting I am just seeing all these short flights now that I am looking for them.
     
  6. SeanD

    SeanD Well-Known Member

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    LAS-ONT = 30 min.
     
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    Cptnchia Well-Known Member

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    Delta used to have a MIA to FLL. Take off westbound, turn north, and intercept the final eastbound. Didn't even raise the gear.
     
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    Flown that a few times. In winter when they CX'd the flight they would offer busses to DTW from GRR
     
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    Jesus Christ I'll just drive
     
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    Roger Roger Navajo Whisperer

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    I fly DCA-PHL and PHL-LGA all the time in the 190 at AA. I have done BWI-PHL a couple times as well.

    And before @L-16B chimes in with his hillbilly banter I know the 190 isn't mainline.
     
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  13. CFIT99

    CFIT99 I'm probably commenting ironically...

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    I'm sure it wasn't a standard route but in the Colgan days they covered IAH-CLL (52 NM?) in an Airbus

    *they also did said route in and actual bus too
     
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    Cessnaflyer Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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    Not mainline, but I loved the PHJH-PHNY route. We did get the gear up but the PNF was a flurry of activity the whole time.
     
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    There's a EWR-AVP route. Sometimes a Dash, sometimes a CRJ7.
     
  16. Richman

    Richman Well-Known Member

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    I've done DTW-FNT and MSP-RST, both in the DC-9.

    Used to do ORF-PHF in the DHC-8.
     
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    gotWXdagain Highly Visible Member

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    Back in the Western Pacific days UA had a 2x daily 757 doing DEN-COS, and at the same time 3x weekly DC-10 on same.
     
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  18. SeanD

    SeanD Well-Known Member

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    It is literally quicker to drive most of these routes after you calculate all the crap that you need to do at the airport to get to the gate plus the boarding process and taxi time. That's easily 2 hours minimum before your butt even leaves the ground.
     
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    Some of those routes are faster to drive than deal with gate lice and damaged baggage.

    It isn't mainline but I have burned kerosene between BFI-SEA, and VNY-BUR.


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    There used to be an SFO-OAK leg back in the day - United, I believe - but it wasn't for Bay Area commuters. It served those from San Francisco & Oakland who were headed east. That's about a 9-10nm flight.
     

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