25 Interesting And Fun Aviation Facts You Never Knew

Look up the hashtag #avgeek on Twitter or Instagram and you’ll see that there’s a world filled with airline and aviation enthusiasts. Call it a hobby, an obsession or anything in between, but this is one interest group whose reach has swelled beyond the borders for a global reach and who can’t get enough of the aviation fun facts.

We’ve come up with a list of cool and quirky aviation facts that may surprise even the biggest aviation buff, and help with any future aviation trivia. Did you know…

  1. 1919 – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the world’s oldest airline, established in 1919.
  2. 1920 – Qantas is the world’s second oldest airline, established in 1920.
  3. 3.USD$40,000 – In 1987 American Airlines saved $40,000 by removing one olive from each salad served in first class.
  4. 37 seconds – An aircraft takes off or lands every 37 seconds at Chicago O’Hare’s International Airport.
  5. Wingspan – The wing-span of the A380 is longer than the aircraft itself. Wingspan is 80m, the length is 72.7m
  6. $700 million – Singapore Airlines spends approximately $700 million on food every year and $16 million on wine.
  7. 1.5 litres – Travelling by air can shed up to 1.5 litres of water from the body during an average 3-hour flight.
  8. JFK – John F. Kennedy Airport in New York was originally named Idlewild Airport.
  9. 10 tons – Lufthansa is the world’s largest purchaser of caviar, buying over 10 tons per year.
  10. 120 feet – The Boeing 747 wing-span (195 feet) is longer than the Wright Brothers first flight of 120ft.
  11. Check-in – The internet and online check-in were first introduced by Alaska Airlines in 1999.
  12. 2.4 metres – The winglets on an Airbus A330-200 are the same height as the world’s tallest man (2.4m).
  13. 480,000 – Total electricity capacity of a 747-8 can power up to 480,000 32inch flat screen TVs.
  14. 78 Billion – The world-wide 747 fleet has logged more than 78 billion kilometres, equivalent to 101,500 trips to the moon and back.
  15. 80% – The 747 family has flown more than 5.6 billion people – equivalent to 80% of the world’s population.
  16. 61,000 people – At any given hour there are over 61,000 people airborne over the USA.
  17. 70% more – 70% of aircraft today are over 70% more fuel-efficient per seat kilometre than jets in the 1960s.
  18. 1979 – Did you know Qantas invented business class in 1979?
  19. Longest Flight – Auckland to Doha on Qatar Airways is the world’s longest flight by distance at 14,525 kilometres.
  20. iPad – By American Airlines switching a pilots paper manuals to iPad they will save $1.2 million in fuel.
  21. 240km – The average 747 has between 240-280 kilometres of wiring.
  22. 30,000 – In the USA, over two million passengers board over 30,000 flights each day.
  23. Meals – Pilots and co-pilots are required to eat different meals in case of food poisoning.
  24. Taste Buds – About 1/3 of your taste buds are numbed while flying. Maybe that meal was not bland after all?
  25. 800kmph – A commercial aircraft flies at an average speed of 800 kilometres per hour.

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