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Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 4:57 am

Hi, I have found out some very interesting facts that may interest you - read them and see,

BOMBERS

- Several military planes used in the Second World War were converted into commercial aircraft after the war: the Lancaster became the Lancastrian and the Lockheed C-69 was transformed into the Constellation. The Boeing 377 is based on the B-29 Superfortress. The first commercial jet was the de Havilland Comet which could fly 36 passengers 3000 miles at 450mph.

CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS

- Human error is blamed for just over 70% of air accidents. Technical faults account for 9%, maintenance failures 6.2%, weather 4.1% and air traffic control shortcomings for 3.4%. The remainder are attributed to miscellaneous factors such as terrorism.

DANGEROUS TIMES

- About 69% of accidents occur at take-off or landing, 19% during decent and just 7 and 5% during climbing and cruising respectively.

EUROPE'S BUSIEST AIRPORTS

- Europe's busiest airports are Heathrow (62.2 million passengers passed through the airport in 1999) Frankfurt (45.8 million) Roissy - Charles de Gaulle, Paris (43.6 million) and Schiphol, Amsterdam (37.11 million).

FIRST HOSTESS

- The first air hostess was a nurse Ellen Church who in May 1930 suggested to then Boeing Air Transport (now Untied Airlines) that its passengers might feel reassured by a professional female, medically trained presence. It agreed, and so successful was the idea that seven nurses were quickly employed to fly on the company's Chicago - San Francisco route. The first European hostesses were employed by Swissair.

LEADING AIRLINES

- The world's leading airlines, categorised by numbers of passengers carried on international flights are British Airways (30.1% of passengers), Lufthansa (24.8%), Air France (18.2%), American Airlines (17.3%) and Swissair (11%). The next five are Japan Airlines, United Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SAS and KLM.

PASSENGERS

-Almost 2 billion passengers travelled by air in 2000. The figure in 1950 was 21 million. AN ESTIMATED 200,000 PEOPLE ARE IN THE AIR AT ANY ONE TIME.

SEAT PITCH

- This is the distance from seat back to seat back. The legal minimum is a mere 26 inches but good scheduled carriers ofer between 31 and 32 inches (or more).

TICKETS

- Around 30% of the price of the air ticket goes to paying personnel. Fuel accounts for 10%, hire or purchase of the aircraft 15%, taxes and other charges 13%, commercial expernses and marketing 8%, maintence 6% and general ground expenses such as insurance 13%. Profit accounts for about 5%

TURBULENCE

- Turbulence is unpleasent but does not threaten a plane's structural integrity. Its effects are felt least in seats level with the wings, and most in those closer to the rear or front of the cabin.

Well there we have a few facts about flying, im hopefully going to be getting some more in the next couple of days. Let me know what you think and if you have any more to add.

Many thanks,

Airliners
 
airlinelover
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 5:04 am

That was informative.. Very interesting. I look forward to more!

Chris
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milldoh
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 5:06 am

great stuff! thanks  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 5:06 am

cool i liked it i didnt know the 200,000 pax in the air at one time thats amazing
 
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 5:25 am

Awesome man. I love those facts. Keep Em Commin.
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FlagshipAZ
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 6:00 am

Very interesting facts indeed. The legal seat pitch really blew me away! A mere 26 inches is all that legally required??? I'm six feet two inches tall & I hope I won't be assigned to something that tiny! Keep them coming.  Wink/being sarcastic Regards.
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kirk
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 7:52 am

I thought United was the world's largest airline?
 
deltaownsall
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 11:10 am

Great post, very informative  Big thumbs up I can't believe DL isn't up there in the intl pax carried!
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 1:35 pm

Airliners,

Thanks for that! I look forward to reading more - you can never know too much...  Smile
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 9:21 pm

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LEADING AIRLINES

- The world's leading airlines, categorised by numbers of passengers carried on international flights are British Airways (30.1% of passengers), Lufthansa (24.8%), Air France (18.2%), American Airlines (17.3%) and Swissair (11%). The next five are Japan Airlines, United Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SAS and KLM.
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Strange....I'm sure that 100% of Singapore Airlines' passengers are carried on international flights...

JA
 
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 9:45 pm

Turbulence can damage a plane's structural integrity, if it is severe enough. It can also lead to a crash, if severe enough and close enough to the ground that there is no room to recover.

SIA does indeed have only international flights. Their homecountry has only one civil airport.
KLM has mostly international flights as well. Domestic routes are few and infrequent.
That item is thus clearly bogus.

I have never heard of Untied airlines

Human error may be blamed for 70% of accidents, but in many of those cases something else is to blame. It is blamed on human error because it is convenient to blame an accident on someone who is dead and cannot defend himself (check Tenerife for a prime example).
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 9:54 pm

thanks fort these facts!
I would rather be flying...
 
bobnwa
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 9:58 pm

Airliners,
Are your numbers for leading airlines ranked by number of Intl. passengers or percentage of passengers that are Intl. Those are two different things. As one posted stated, all of Singapore Airline passengers are Intl.
 
LBA
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 10:04 pm

Look it's simple really.

Of the number of passengers which travel international just over 30% are be carried by BA.

 
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Thu Sep 06, 2001 11:54 pm

LBA

If your expalnation is correct, then the top few airlines carry 101.4 percent of all International passengers. What about the rest of the airlines. Don't they carry any international passengers?
 
Lowsonboy
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Fri Sep 07, 2001 12:08 am

"I have never heard of Untied airlines "

You pedant!  Big grin
 
BCal Dc10
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Fri Sep 07, 2001 12:55 am

the numers being referred to ref. BA being the largest International airline are slightly misleading but essentially correct. Maybe a confusion between percentage and millions carried. The following figures are the number of International Scheduled passengers carried by the airline in 1999/2000.

According to British Airways web site
http://www.bashares.com/content/factbook.shtml (the data isn't the most recent around but it helps...)

The figures are: (in millions of pax)
1. BA - 30.3
2. LH - 27.2
3. AF - 20.7
4. AA - 17.3
5. KL - 15.3
6. SIA - 13.5
7. SAS - 12.4
8. SWI - 12.3
9. JAL - 12.1
10. UA - 11.3

btw, before you all start a mini rant, these numbers are a year old. It could all be upside down by now.

For the American supporters amongst you, you'll all be overjoyed to learn that Delta leads the way on most Pax carried regardless of what kind of flight it was at 105.5 million.
BA comes in 10th place with 36.6 million, which just goes to show how Brits can't be arsed to use the plane to fly internally because the countrys so small, it takes 3 minutes to fly from one end to the other...

Hope this sheds a bit of light on the world of darkness we're currently immersed in.
 
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Fri Sep 07, 2001 3:29 am

BCalDC10

Thanks, your numbers explain it correctly. Its total passengers not percentage.
 
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RE: Facts That Every Aviation Lover Should Know!

Fri Sep 07, 2001 3:38 am

Hi, Thanks for your great respose - im glad you all like them. Yes its total number of passengers not percentage - sorry my mistake. I am still waiting for some more facts - keep your eyes open for them shortly.

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