The Longest Routes on a Dash 8 Turboprop

Jul 5, 2019

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Icelandair made news last month when it announced plans to fly De Havilland Canada Dash 8 turboprop planes on two relatively long routes – for a turboprop, at least – from its main hub near Reykjavik.

The flights from Reykjavik (KEF) to Manchester (MAN), England, and Dublin (DUB), Ireland, are scheduled to begin July 15.

Here at TPG, that got us thinking. We wanted to see how those routes stacked up against other routes flown by the Dash 8 (formerly known as the Bombardier Q400).

It turns out, KEF-MAN hums its way to the second-longest Dash 8 route on the schedule this summer. It’s surpassed only by a once-a-week Dash 8 flight between Linz, Austria, and Rhodes, Greece, that’s operated by Austrian Airlines.

Here are the top 10 routes by distance for the week of July 22, according to flight-data firm OAG:

The longest routes flown by Dash 8 planes.
The longest routes flown by Dash 8 planes.
  1. Linz, Austria (LNZ) – Rhodes, Greece (RHO), Austrian Airlines, 1,079 miles
  2. Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) – Manchester, England (MAN), Icelandair, 1,026 miles
  3. Algiers, Algeria (ALG) – Tamanrasset, Algeria (TMR), Tassili Airlines, 968 miles
  4. Algiers, Algeria (ALG) – Djanet, Algeria (DJG), Tassili Airlines, 933 miles
  5. Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) – Dublin, Ireland (DUB), Icelandair, 930 miles
  6. Atyrau, Kazakhstan (GUW) – Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan (TSE), Qazaq Air, 925 miles
  7. Gran Canaria, Spain (LPA) – Ponta Delgada, Portugal (PDL), SATA Air Acores, 902 miles
  8. Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) – Walvis Bay, Namibia (WVB), South African Airways, 881 miles
  9. Southampton, England (SOU) – Alicante, Spain (ALC) – Flybe, 876 miles
  10. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia (PKC) – Petropavlovsk, Russia (UUS), JSC Aurora Airlines, 819 miles

Source: OAG. Data looked at all regularly scheduled airline flights operating at least once a week during the week of July 22. Some flights may be operated for regional affiliates under the name of larger mainline carriers.

Featured photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

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