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World's shortest flight celebrates its millionth passenger

02 November 2016 08:03

Royal Bank of Scotland flying banker Anne Randall is the millionth passenger of the Orkney Inter-Isles service

Royal Bank of Scotland flying banker Anne Randall is the millionth passenger of the Orkney Inter-Isles service

The world's shortest flight, which can take less than a minute, has celebrated a major milestone.

The 1.7-mile service between Westray and Papa Westray in Orkney has welcomed its millionth passenger on board.

The flight is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the shortest in the world.

Its official duration is two minutes, but under ideal wind conditions the journey can take just 47 seconds.

The eight-seater plane is part of the Orkney Inter-Isles Air Service, which departs from Kirkwall on the main island and connects the Orcadian isles of Eday, Stronsay, Sanday, North Ronaldsay, Westray and Papa Westray.

Milestone celebrated

Loganair has operated the route since 1967 and on Monday the company honoured one of the veteran passengers at a ceremony at Kirkwall Airport.

Royal Bank of Scotland flying banker Anne Rendall was given a bouquet of flowers by newly-appointed route captain, native Orcadian Alex Rendall - no relation - and said it was "fantastic" that she could help mark the milestone flight.

She has flown more than 10,000 trips on the service, visiting island communities across Orkney and tending to their banking requirements.

Service is a 'life-line'

Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair's managing director, said: "The route is a jewel in our network and known across the world. However, despite its fame, it's an essential life-line service for the people of Orkney, connecting the individual islands via a convenient air link.

"It's used by teachers, doctors, policemen and school pupils, helping them to go about their daily routines with ease and simplicity.

"We've been operating the service on behalf of the Orkney Island Council for 49 years, with our eight-seater aircraft a stable fixture above the Orcadian skies during the time.

He added that he would like to congratulate Mr Rendall for being promoted to captain of the Britten Norman aircraft and thanked Ms Rendall for being one of the airline's most frequent passengers."

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