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Fun and Interesting Aviation Facts You Never Knew

interesting aviation facts

How much do you really know about aviation?
There are some interesting facts that you might not know. Maybe they’ll come in handy during pilot trivia night.
We’ve come up with a list of cool, quirky, and interesting aviation facts that may surprise even the biggest aviation buff, and help with any future aviation trivia.



KLM is the world’s oldest airline, established in 1919


Qantas is the world’s second-oldest airline, established in 1920

USD$ 40,000

In 1987 American Airlines in the united states saved $40,000 by removing 1 olive from each salad served in the first classic


An aircraft takes off or lands every 37 seconds at Chicago O’Hare’s International Airport as known the busiest commercial airport.


The wingspan of the A380 is longer than the aircraft itself. Wingspan is 80m, the length is 72.7m


Singapore Airlines spends approximately $700 million on food every year and $16 million on wine


Traveling by air can shed up to 1.5 liters of water from the body during an average 3-hour flight

JFK airport

JFK Airport in New York was originally named Idlewild Airport


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

120 FEET

The Boeing 747 wing-span (195 feet) is longer than the Wright Brothers first flight of 120ft


The internet and online check-in was first introduced by Alaska Airlines in 1999


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


The total electricity capacity of a 747-8 can power up to 480,000 32inch flat-screen TVs


The worldwide 747 fleets have logged more than 78 billion kilometers, equivalent to 101,500 trips to the moon and back


The 747 families have flown more than 5.6 billion people – the equivalent of 80% of the world’s population

61,000 PEOPLE

At any given hour there are over 61,000 people airborne over the USA

70% MORE

70% of aircraft today are over 70% more fuel-efficient per seat kilometer than jets in the 1960s


Did you know Qantas invented business class in 1979?


Sydney to Dallas on Qantas A380 is the world’s longest flight by distance (long haul flight)


By American Airlines switching pilots paper manuals to iPad they will save  $1.2 million in fuel

240 KM

The average 747 has between 240-280 kilometers of wiring


In the U.S.A., over two million passengers board over 30,000 flights each day

pilots and co-pilot’s MEALS

it`s required for co-pilots and pilots eat different in-flight meals in case of food poisoning


About 1/3 of your taste buds are numbed while flying. Maybe that meal was not bland after all?

800 KMPH

A commercial aircraft flies at an average speed of 800 kilometers per hour.

seat belt

Two of the three fatalities were confirmed to be passengers not wearing seat belts when the seat belt sign had been turned on.

Harm the heart

While frequent flyers might imagine they’d enjoy living close to the airport, individuals exposed to noise above 60 decibels on a regular basis had a 30 percent greater risk of dying from a heart attack

fear of flying

Most of the population has ever flown and suffered from aviophobia, about 2 million Americans have a fear of flying,

Boeing 737

the most interesting aviation facts, A hijacker once relinquished control of a flight for beer.

Tray table

The filthiest place on a plane is that tray table you’re eating your meal off of.

World’s busiest airports

The world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic is measured by total passengers Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China.