Flying – everyone does it but do you know everything about it? Today we want to debunk some myths around flying and also share some facts that caught our eye.
1. A numbers game
- The busiest airport in 2015 was Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) with 101,491,106 passengers; followed by Beijing and Dubai.
- Emirates recently announced the world’s longest nonstop route; from February 2017 on, the airline will fly the 14,193km from Dubai to Auckland in 17:15hrs. Qantas’ Dallas to Sydney service ranks on three.
- The fastest commercial passenger plane is the Boing 747 that can fly up to around 920km/h; usually it cruises at around 800km/h to be more fuel-efficient. Boom has announced a passenger aircraft with a top speed of up to 2,335km/h for 2017, flying from LA to Sydney in just six hours.
2. Busy skies
There are different numbers out there but you could say there are anywhere between 78,000 to 90,000 passenger flights operating in the world daily. This sound like a lot, but keep in mind that there are around 50,000 routes being served globally. Over a year, up to 32.85 million commercial flights take off and land.
3. First in, best dressed
Did you know that having no allocated seats for flight guests actually saves airlines check in times, as passengers tend to board faster to secure a preferred seat?
4. The Biggest Loser
Reducing weight is key for cost cutting and airlines came up with many clever ways:
- EasyJet says it’s reducing fuel costs by around £312,000 each year by using tablets instead of heavy log-books; that is a yearly saving of £12,500 for every kilo of weight taken off easyJet’s fleet.
- Qantas is pressing ahead with moves to strip life rafts off more than half its Boeing 737 planes that spend limited or no time over water.
- In some cases reducing weight goes a bit too far: Indian low-cost airline GoAir announced it would only employ female flight attendants in the future as they are ‘lighter’ than men.
5. What if pilot and co-pilot fancy chicken?
Did you know that quite a few airlines require that pilot and co-pilot eat different meals? This is to minimise the possibility of food poisoning impacting on the ability of both to fly the aircraft.
6. Lost in Aviation
In 2014, airlines mishandled 21.8 million bags, or 6.96 per 1,000 passengers, according to SITA. Missing bags cost the industry $2.3 billion in 2015. It might help that by 2018 about 60% of airlines expect to offer baggage status updates to passenger smart devices.