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  Friday, November 6, 2009

  Shortest scheduled flight-world record set by Loganair

  WESTRAY, Scotland--The plane journey from Papa Westray to Westray in the Orkney Islands, using the Loganair service, takes just 96 seconds, covering a distance of little over a mile and setting the world record for the Shortest scheduled flight.
   Photo: Six teenagers-Leanne, Rowan, Holly, Shane and Solan- are to take the Loganair service to Westray Junior High after the local ferry service was suspended. Photo: Orkney Photographic/Ken Amer (enlarge photo)

   Holly Crocker, Leanne Cursiter, Solan and Cassia Dodman, Shane Houston and Rowan Pierce, all aged 13 and 14, will make a twominute flight from Papa Westray to Westray in the Orkney Islands to go to Westray Junior High.

  The distance covered by the Shortest scheduled flight is just over a mile - shorter than the runway at Glasgow airport.

   The Loganair school run service will last until the end of the year, when the ferry returns to service. Meanwhile, the kids will fly four times a week and stay overnight twice a week with families on Westray - which has about 60 residents - while Papa Westray is home to just 70 people.

   Willie McEwen, acting headteacher at Westray Junior High School, said: "Our children will enjoy the flying especially as, at this time of the year, it can be quite rough on the boat. "This kind of flexibility and adaptability is an essential part of island life and the youngsters take it all in their stride."

   They've been unable to get to school on Westray because their ferry is being refurbished. However, bosses at Loganair have come to the rescue - and are jetting the kids on an Islander aircraft to school.

    Council bosses are picking up the tab for the flights, which cost 20 for a return ticket.

   The schedule for the eight-seater plane has been adjusted to allow the children to make their classes.

   Loganair boss Jonathan Hinkles said: "The flight is listed in the Book of Records as the world's shortest. It is a popular tourist route for many visitors to Scotland but it is also a vital link for people who live in Orkney.
    "It will make all the difference in ensuring the children from Papa Westray can continue their schooling throughout the winter." 
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