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Plane rides are long except when they’re short.
Some are shorter than others
especially the shortest one which is the most not long.
Thank you and goodnight.
Ah damn there’s four minutes left untilthe ad.
Let’s bring out the filler.
The longest commercial flight in the world
is the 9,000 mile haul from Doha, Qatar to
Auckland, New Zealand.
It takes an astronomical 17 hours
in which time you could fly the world’s shortest
flight 1,155 times
or call Comcast customer support once.
In many cases it doesn’t make
sense to fly a very short distance rather than drive
unless you enjoy physical proximity to others and being
asked to take your pants off
but in such a case you could just ride the New York Subway at 11:30 on a Friday night.
In most cases you have to leave for the airport
at least two hours before a flight
in which time you could drive 120 miles.
For that reason, flights under that distance are as rare
as a female Half as Interesting viewer
and so therefore they only really exist
if there’s an obstacle to driving.
The shortest commercial flight in the US, for example,
is from San Francisco to Sonoma County airport.
This flight is flown three times a day
by bus company United Airlines and
usually takes only 16 minutes from takeoff in San Francisco
to touchdown in Sonoma County.
At best the drive between these two places takes only an hour and fifteen minutes
but at worst the heat death of the universe happens and you never make it.
The flight costs a minimum of $ 354 one way
which are prices high enough that you’d think these planes would fly empty.
United Airlines has, though,
with its 92 years of experience learned
that flying planes empty is bad for business.
The secret of this flight is
that it isn’t made for traveling between San Francisco and Sonoma County,
it’s made for people coming from the rest of the country
then connecting onto this flight.
United actually prices a one-way flight
from New York to Sonoma County via San Francisco
for only $169.
In that case, if you have a 45 minute connection then the 16 minute flight,
it’s far quicker than leaving the airport,
getting a rental car, and driving through San Francisco to Sonoma County.
Now that’s enough talk of United.
I want this video to take off and
United’s just not very good at that.
While the Sonoma County flight is short,
it’s longer than 7 feet.
It’s also longer than the world’s shortest flight.
All the world’s shortest flights are to or
from islands as cars don’t work well
on water, boats are slow,
and so even the shortest flights to islands make sense.
Scotland is a country, kind of,
that has loads of islands—790 to be exact.
Many of the more inhabited islands have flights connecting them to
the two largest Scottish cities—Edinburgh and Glasgow.
There are some pretty unique ones worth mentioning
like the one from Glasgow to Barra Airport.
该航线长达140英里 它很短 但又不是最短
This flight flies 140 miles so its short though not excessively short.
More than any other airport,
pilots have reported that Barra Airport is a beach to land at.
As in, its difficult but also that its runway is just a beach.
It has a terminal and everything,
but its the only commercial airport in the world
where planes land on the beach and, of course,
the runway only exists for a few hours per day
as the planes can only land at low tide.
But this is all beside the point because elsewhere
in Scotland is the actual shortest commercial flight in the world.
The Orkney Islands lay north of mainland Scotland
and are home to about 21,000 people.
They’re a relatively unknown bit of the UK
despite being inhabited for over 8,500 years.
The population of the Orkneys is well spread out across the islands
and some of the more isolated ones like Papa Westray
have only 90 residents and no more than one small store.
For healthcare and, in many cases, school,
people have to go to capital of the Orkneys—Kirkwall.
There are boats to there
but the fastest option to get between the islands is a rocket.
Barring that, the number two option is by plane.
比如 周一早上8：40 一架飞机从柯克沃尔出发
On Mondays, for example, a plane leaves Kirkwall at 8:40 am
then 13 minutes later, after traveling 27 miles,
it touches down in Westray.
Soon after at 9:01,
it takes off on what is the shortest commercial flight in the world.
The destination airport, Papa Westray,
is a mere 1.5 miles away across a narrow body of water
so this flight takes as little as 53 seconds
and crosses a distance shorter than a typical airport runway
definitively making it the shortest flight in the world.
Now, granted, this short flight exists
so that passengers from both Westray and Papa Westray
can travel to Kirkwall on the same plane
so most people don’t just fly between these two islands
but if they did wanted to, they could.
At £17 or $ 22,
the ticket is cheaper than an Apache Attack Helicopter,
but this flight costs about $ 15 per mile
which is more per mile than it costs to fly
from New York to London in first class.
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