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Hop on Board One of the World's Shortest Scheduled Flights

May 19, 2017
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Hop on Board One of the World's Shortest Scheduled Flights
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When you think about a short flight, you probably envision hops between NYC and Philadelphia or Los Angeles and Las Vegas. But when we say this is a short flight — we mean it. In fact, this particular flight lasts only about 12 minutes. TPG contributor and aviation industry analyst Alex Macheras recently took a ride on a turbo prop from Sao Miguel (PDL) to Santa Maria (SMA) — two beautiful islands located in the Portuguese Azores archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean (about a two and a half hour flight from Lisbon).

Alex got the chance to sit up front in this Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 for the very quick hop — and captured it on video for your viewing pleasure. The flight's operated several times daily as a commuter route between the two islands, and frankly looks like a fantastic way to spend 12 minutes of your day. It's incredible that you can get transported from one island paradise to another in such a short time. Oh, and the views are pretty amazing too. Check out Alex's video below:

Time to fly! Watch here and join me in the flight deck — I'm island hopping in the Azores, from island São Miguel, to Santa Maria. #Azores
— Alex Macheras (@AlexInAir) May 19, 2017

What's the shortest flight you've ever been on?