I’ve enjoyed flying in smaller planes on scheduled flights in the past (e.g. Aurigny’s old Trislanders). Are there any other scheduled flights in Europe in small (sub-20-seat) planes that are still running? I know about the Westray to Papa Westray flight already but feel free to include it in a list.
I did a search of all intra-European flights for tomorrow (12 Feb 2018) and came up with the following:
- Hahn Air has a flight with a Cessna Citation (6 seats) scheduled between LUX and DUS
- Loganair has several flights, as previously noted, mostly from KOI, NRL, and PPW on Britain-Norman Islanders (8 seats), as well as a number of flights around Scotland on 19-seat Twin Otters
- Direct Flight has some Islanders with 9 seats flying out of LWK
- Hebridean Air Services flies some Islanders from COL, TRE, and OBN
- Isle of Scilly Skybus flies 16-seat Twin Otters from ISC to NQY and LEQ
- BA's Scandinavian subsidiary, Sun Air of Scandinavia, flies 18-seat Avro J-31's between BGO and BLL
- Aurigny flies 18-seat Dornier 228s between GCI and DNR
- Flybe flies 19-seat Avro J-41's between CWL and VLY
- Chalair flies Beechcraft Beech 1900D's with 19 seats around western France, mostly based out of BOD and NTE
- Norlandair flies 19-seat Twin Otters in Iceland
- AIS Airlines flies 19-seat Avro J-32's around Sweden, including ORB, GOT, and MMX
- Aero VIP flies Avro J-32's around the Madeira Islands
- Twin Jet flies Beechcraft Beech 1900D's with 19 seats around France based out of ORY, MRS, TLS, and LYS
- SUE Orenberg flies 20-seat Let 410's around Russia.
That's just for one day. It's certainly likely that a lot of small routes with small planes don't fly everyday so I'm probably missing some.
Norwegian company Lufttransport have a scheduled route between Bodø Airport and Værøy Heliport using the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter (Værøy Airport has been closed since a Twin Otter fatally crashed). This helicopter has 15 seats. It's a bit heavier and longer than some small fixed-wing aircrafts, but certainly much narrower. Dimensions from Wikipedia:
Length: 16.66 m (54 ft 8 in)
Width: 2.26 m (10 ft 0 in)
Height: 4.98 m (16 ft 4 in)
Empty weight: 3,622 kg (7,985 lb)
For comparison, the Twin Otter DHC-6 Series 100 has:
Length: 15.77 m
Width: 19.8 m (wingspan)
Height: 5.9 m
Empty weight: 2,653 kg
The Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander is shorter, lower, and lighter yet, but as a fixed-wing aircraft, remains much wider than the AgustaWestland. For most definitions of "smaller", the Britten-Norman would win, but if you're looking for the most compact "plane", the AgustaWestland helicopter flying to Værøy wins.