07 Apr 2019
Fun facts about aviation

Fun facts about aviation

 Year 1919  

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the world’s oldest airline, established in 1919.

 Year 1920  

Qantas is the world’s second oldest airline, established in 1920.

 40.000 USD for one olive !  

In 1987 American Airlines saved $40,000 by removing one olive from each salad served in first class.

 37 seconds  

An aircraft takes off or lands every 37 seconds at Chicago O’Hare’s International Airport.

 A380 Wingspan  

The wing-span of the A380 is longer than the aircraft itself.
Wingspan is 80 m, the length is 72.7 m

 700 million USD  

Singapore Airlines spends approximately 700 million USD on food every year and 16 million USD on wine.

 1,5 liters of water  

Travelling by air can shed up to 1.5 litres of water from the body during an average 3-hour flight.

 JFK Airport  

JFK John F. Kennedy Airport in New York was originally named Idlewild Airport.

 10 tons of caviar  

Lufthansa is the world’s largest purchaser of caviar, buying over 10 tons per year.

 Wright brothers first flight 

The Boeing 747 wing-span (195 feet) is longer than the Wright Brothers first flight of 120ft.

 Online check-in  

The internet and online check-in were first introduced by Alaska Airlines in 1999.

 A330 winglets  

The winglets on an Airbus A330-200 are the same height as the world’s tallest man (2.4m).

 480.000 TV screens ?!  

Total electricity capacity of a one 747-8 can power up to 480.000 32inch flat screen TVs.

 To the moon and back  

The world-wide 747 fleet has logged more than 78 billion kilometres, equivalent to 101.500 trips to the moon and back.

 80% of world’s population  

The 747 family has flown more than 5.6 billion people – equivalent to 80% of the world’s population.

 61.000 people flying  

At any given hour there are over 61,000 people airborne over the USA.

 Fuel efficiency  

70% of aircraft today are over 70% more fuel-efficient per seat kilometre than jets in the 1960s.


Did you know Qantas invented business class in 1979?

 Longest flight  

Auckland to Doha on Qatar Airways is the world’s longest flight by distance at 14.525 kilometres.


By American Airlines switching a pilots paper manuals to iPad they will save $1.2 million in fuel.

 Wiring on a 747  

The average 747 has between 240-280 kilometres of wiring.

 Passenger boarding  

In the USA, over two million passengers board over 30,000 flights each day.

 Crew meal  

Pilots and co-pilots are required to eat different meals in case of food poisoning.

 Average speed  

A commercial aircraft flies at an average speed of 800 kilometres per hour.

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