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STV weather presenter takes world's shortest flight

Sean Batty boarded the 90-second flight in Orkney as part of the STV Children's Appeal.

STV weather presenter Sean Batty has travelled on the shortest commercial flight in the world in Orkney.

He boarded the 90-second Loganair flight from Westray to Papa Westray as part of a range of fundraising activities for the STV Children's Appeal.

At 1.7 miles in length, the entire flight is around the same distance as the runway at Edinburgh Airport.

The route is a subsidised public service obligation, and is one of several routes on the islands tendered by Orkney Council.

The Westray to Papa Westray flights began in 1967 and have been operated continuously by the Scottish airline Loganair for 50 years.

Sean is in Orkney for a day of fundraising with local businesses as part of the STV Appeal, which is dedicated to supporting projects across the country which help the one in four Scottish children living in poverty.

STV presenters around the country have been meeting schools, community groups and businesses for Friday's Big Scottish Breakfast fundraisers, which are part of the appeal.

Sean first flew from Glasgow to Kirkwall, Orkney, with Loganair on Thursday and raised money by serving tea and coffee on board as an honorary part of the flight crew.

He said: "It's been great having the support of Loganair for my fundraising trip to Orkney and being able to raise money and a cuppa during our flight to Kirkwall.

"Loganair also took us on the world's shortest scheduled flight from Westray to Papa Westray which only took 94 seconds. 

"As part of the Big Scottish Breakfast they challenged myself and the passengers to eat a roll and sausage in the time it took from take-off until landing." 

He added: "Unfortunately the whole plane failed as it's such a quick flight, but we finished them on the runway!"

"The flight itself was fairly smooth thankfully because of the lighter winds, but one of the passengers from Papa Westray told me some stories about the flight during windy weather, which made me grateful we had a nice day for it.

"A big thanks to our captain Gary and to crew trainer Patricia from Loganair for making this happen."

Factfile: Westray to Papa Westray flight

  • While it is scheduled for a minute and a half, the actual flying time is closer to 60 seconds - with the record flight time sitting at 53 seconds.
  • This was achieved by pilot Stuart Linklater, who retired in 2013 but managed to fly the route 12,000 times - more than any other pilot.
  • Loganair operates this flight with one of its two Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2B-26 Islander aircraft, which are flown by a single pilot and have cabin space for a further eight passengers.
  • The flights occur daily in both directions, except on Saturdays, when only flights from Westray to Papa Westray are available, and on Sunday, when only routes from Papa Westray to Westray fly.
  • The flight costs £17 one-way or £21 return. A £15 return rate is possible if you stay for at least a night in accommodation at your destination.
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