27 Facts about Airlines & Airports

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  1. All international airline pilots speak English.
  2. Flights longer than 8 hours require 3 pilots (1 captain and 2 first officers) to rotate flying duties. Flights longer than 12 hours require 4 pilots (1 captain and 3 first officers). They usually fly 3-4 hour shifts.
  3. Each airline pilot flying the aircraft, eats a different meal to minimise the risk of all pilots on board being ill.
  4. The minimum compulsory height requirement for all Cabin Crew (Flight Attendants) is for safety reasons, making sure that all flight attendants can reach the overhead safety equipment.
  5. A passenger (air traveler) can lose approximately 1.5 litres of water in the body during a three-hour flight.
  6. American Airlines, which carried 146.53 million passengers in 2016, is the world’s largest airline, in terms of total passengers carried.
  7. Southwest Airlines of USA, which carried 144.58 million passengers in 2016, is the world’s second largest airline.
  8. Delta Airlines of USA, which carried 138.84 million passengers in 2016, is the world’s third largest airline.
  9. China Southern Airlines is the largest non-American airline. CSA carried 109.30 million passengers in 2016.
  10. Indigo, which carried 52.14 million passengers, is the largest airline in India.
  11. The world’s largest Airline in terms of fleet size is American Airlines with 1494 aircraft. Delta has 1280 planes, United 1264 planes and Southwest 683. The largest non-American airline (in terms of number of aircraft) is China Southern with 423 planes. The largest in India is Indigo with 168 planes.
  12. The largest passenger plane – the Airbus 380 – is nearly 240 feet long, almost 80 feet high, and has a wingspan of more than 260 feet. The double-decker plane has a standard seating capacity of 489-615 passengers for Emirates.
  13. The Internet/On-Line check-in was first used by Alaskan Airlines in 1999.
  14. Singapore Airlines spends about $700 million on food every year and $16 million on wine alone. First class passengers consume 20,000 bottles of alcohol every month.
  15. Singapore Airlines is the second largest institutional buyer of Dom Perignon champagne in the world.
  16. KLM (the airline of Netherlands) stands for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (meaning Royal Dutch Airlines).
  17. KLM is the worlds’ oldest airline established in 1919.
  18. QANTAS – Australia’s national airline, originally stood for Queensland and Northern Territories Air Service.
  19. QANTAS is the second world’s oldest airline established in 1920.
  20. QANTAS still has the world’s best safety record with no crashes.
  21. Catering is the 3rd biggest expense for Virgin Atlantic, after fuel and maintenance.
  22. In one year, British Airways passengers consume: 40.5 tons of chicken, 6 tons of caviar, 22 tons of smoked salmon, 557,507 boxes of chocolate and 90 thousand cases (9 litre cases) of sparkling wine.
  23. The airport with the longest runway in the world is Qamdo Bangda Airport in the People’s Republic of China with 5.50 kilometres in length.
  24. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in USA (104 million passengers in 2017) is the world’s busiest airport.
  25. Capital International Airport in Beijing, China (96 million passengers in 2017) is the world’s second busiest airport.
  26. Dubai Airport (88 million passengers in 2017) is the world’s third busiest.
  27. Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (63.5 million passengers in 2017) was the world’s 16th busiest airport and is expected to join the Top 10 in the first half of 2019, if not by end of 2018 itself.

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