Facts play an important role in all of our lives (it’s generally the best way to settle an argument), and we wanted to take a break from giving you tips on where to stay, or who to fly with, and instead share some pretty darn interesting facts. 10 to be exact. So shall we?
1. At any one time, there are an average of 9,728 planes in the sky
Yup, B.O.B and Hayley Williams may have wanted to pretend that the airplanes in the night sky were like falling stars (2010 we miss you) and if they decided to go ahead and do it, it would have been easy to do, because there are almost 10,000 up there!
2. American Airlines saved $40,000 by removing ONE olive per meal
Olive fans look away now! Since 1987 you’ve been down a whole olive in your in-flight salad. It’s okay, we were pretty mad too when we found out.
3. Each pilot has to eat a different meal
Those that suffer from food envy may want to re-consider that pilot training course. Commercial pilots have to eat different meals to minimize the risks of falling ill (and maximise the risk of a good ol’ fashioned gloat).
4. Flying is the second safest form of transport
If you’re an American, you have a 1 in 11 million chance of dying in a plane. That’s compared to 1 in 5000 chance in a car.
The safest form of transport is to take the lift – but we’ve not seen a lift to NYC yet so.. We’ll take that.
5. Most pilots have been hit by lightning
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that lightning hits a plane once every year (see why we said number 5 will shock you now?!)
Planes are protected to withstand a lightning strike, and the last incident of a plane to crash due to a lightening strike was in 1967, so you’re safe up there, even during a storm.
6. The shortest flight time is 2 minutes
Yup. Westray to Papa Westwray (In Scotland, in case you didn’t know) is a 2 minute flight. It’s been clocked in at 47 seconds before though – barely enough time to get your drinks order in!
7. A commercial plane has an average cruising speed of 555-580 mph
That’s just 15 mph slower than Usain Bolt on his way to sign up with Traveltrust!
8. Singapore Airlines is the second largest buyer of Dom Perignon in the world
So, if your travelers all start flying Singapore… now you know why!
Also, British Airways travelers consume over 90,000 bottles a year.
Drake is the largest buyer by the way! Just kidding, we couldn’t find that out, but it sounds feasible right?
9. Sir Richard Branson has worked as a stewardess
Yup, you read that right. In 2010 He lost a bet with Air Asia CEO Tony Fenandes. The loser had to work a flight on the winner’s airline.
It looked hilarious. Don’t worry – the picture is on the left. (We got your back)
10. An American Airlines flight from LA to NYC once had to make an unscheduled stop to offload a passenger because they wouldn’t stop singing “I Will always Love You”
We don’t understand the problem? #WhitneyForever
“Airplanes” by B.O.B and Hayley Williams has over 400 million views on YouTube.