Look up the hash tag #avgeek on Twitter or Instragram 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.
Now for my confession. I'm an #avgeek. Total aviation nerd and love any sort of fun or amazing fact.
So I compiled some interesting and different aviation fast facts that you may not have heard before.
Did you know...
KLM is the world's oldest airline, established in 1919
Qantas is the world's second oldest airline, established in 1920
In 1987 American Airlines saved $40,000 by removing 1 olive from each salad served in first class
An aircraft takes off or lands every 37 seconds at Chicago O’Hare's International Airport
The wing-span 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
Travelling by air can shed up to 1.5 litres of water from the body during an average 3 hour flight
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
The Boeing 747 wing-span (195 feet) is longer than the Wright Brothers first flight of 120ft
The internet and on-line 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)
Total electricity capacity of a 747-8 can power up to 480,000 32inch flat screen TVs
The world-wide 747 fleet has logged more than 78 billion kilometres, equivalent to 101,500 trips to the moon and back
The 747 family has flown more than 5.6 billion people - equivalent of 80% of the world's population
At any given hour there are over 61,000 people airborne over the USA
70% of aircraft today are over 70% more fuel-efficient per seat kilometre 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
By American Airlines switching a pilots paper manuals to iPad they will save $1.2 million in fuel
The average 747 has between 240-280 kilometres of wiring
In the U.S.A., over two million passengers board over 30,000 flights each day
Pilots and co-pilots are required to eat different 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?
A commercial aircraft flies at an average speed of 800 kilometres per hour.
Do you have any other facts? Let us know in the comments below.