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Interesting Aviation Facts You May Not Know!

There’s a world that is full of aviation and airline enthusiasts. Call it an obsession, hobby, or something in between, the number of these enthusiasts is swelling beyond borders and reaching a global high.

Here are some interesting facts that you may not be aware of.


World’s oldest airline, KLM was set up in 1919


World’s second oldest airline,Qantas was set up in 1920.


American Airlines ended up saving $40,000 In 1987 after cutting down 1 olive from one salad plate in first class.

37 seconds

Every 37 seconds, an aircraft either takes off or lands at International Airport in Chicago.

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A380’s wing-span is longer than the A380’s itself. It’s 80m wide and 72.7m I length.

$700 million

Around $700 million is spent by the Singapore Airlines on food per year and $15 million on wine


Idlewild Airport was the original name of New York’s JFK Airport

10 tons

Lufthansa is among biggest caviar purchaser globally, purchasing more than 10 tons every year.

120 feet

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


JFK Airport in New York was originally named Idlewild Airport

10 tons

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

2.4 metres

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


The power capacity of 747-8 can light over 479,999 32-inch TVs with flat screen.

78 Billion

The 747 fleet has covered over 78 billion kilometres, equal to 101,499 trips to the moon and back


More than 5.5 billion people has been flown by the 747 family, equal to 80% global population

61,000 people

In the USA, at any given hour,more than 61,000 people are flying in a plane.

70% more

As compared to jets of 1960s, 70% aircraft today save more than 70% fuelper seat kilometre


Business class was invented by Qantas in 1979.

Longest Flight

Air India’s Delhi – San Francisco is the longest flight covering 15127.83km.

After a switch from pilot’s paper manuals to iPad, American Airlines might save fuel of $1.1 million.


The average 747 has between 240-280 kilometres of wiring


More than two million passengers in the U.S.A. board more than 30,000 flights every day.


There are different meals for Pilots and co-pilots in a situation of food poisoning.

Taste Buds

While flying, an average of 1/3 of your taste buds gets numbed. Maybe,it’s not the food served that is bland.

800 KMPH

800 kilometres per hour is the average speed of a commercial aircraft.

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