As Scandinavia’s largest regional airline, and one of the world’s biggest operators of the Dash 8 series, Widerøe offers a fascinating insight into winter turboprop operations. Airliner World’s Gordon Smith was granted privileged access; joining the company to learn about the complexities of serving rural communities in the Arctic, both in the sky and on the ground.
When was the last time you took to the skies? Perhaps it was a halfterm holiday with the family or to attend an important meeting? Whatever the reason, chances are the journey lasted long enough to justify taking off your coat, never mind your shoes. Sartorial trivialities aside, trips of as little as 15 minutes are commonplace throughout northern Norway a s pa rt of regional carrier Widerøe’s extensive turboprop network. For many in this part of the world, flying isn’t a binary question of business or pleasure – it’s a lifeline service.