Fun flight facts

Some interesting flight facts for the festive season…

• American Airlines saved £27,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

• British Airways launched the world’s first daily scheduled international air service between London and Paris back in 1919. The flight took 2 hours and 30 minutes and cost £21 per passenger.

• Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is the world’s busiest airport. An airplane takes off or lands every 37 seconds.
• The average number of people airborne over the US at any given point is 61,000.

• Hijacking of airplanes was only outlawed in 1961.

• In 2001, Dubai duty free sold 1,570,214 cartons of cigarettes, 2,003,151 bottles of alcohol, 2,909 kilograms of gold, 101,824 watches, 690,502 bottles of perfume and 52,119 mobile phones.

• In-flight catering is an £12 billion worldwide industry employing nearly 200,000 people.

• KLM is the worlds’ oldest airline established in 1919.

• More than 500 times as many people die on U.S. roads as in airline accidents.

• In Alaska, it is illegal to look at a moose from the window of an aircraft.

• A boeing 747-400 has six million parts, half of which are fasteners.

• The 747-400 wing measures 5,600 square feet (524.9 m 2 ), an area large enough to hold 45 medium-sized automobiles.

• According to FlightSafe Ltd the three safest airlines are KLM, BA and Lufthansa. The three worst airlines to fly with are Cubana, Myanmar Airways and Nigeria Airways.

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