facts about
air travelthat will make you a
small talk star**and make you want to question some things you believed in
trav...
HelloTraveler,
Air travels are arguably the fastest and one of the safest ways to travel and explore the
world. All the mo...
In1987,AmericanAirlinessavedanestimated$40,000by
givingonelessoliveineachsaladservedinfirstclass.
#1
travel, fly and alway...
#2 In most Western airlines passenger
planes are missing thirteenth row.
travel, fly and always www.share.travel
#3 Themostannoyingfactorinflightforpassengersis
thesoundofaneighborbehindthebackofthechair.
travel, fly and always www.sha...
#4
The windows in an airport control tower must be tilted out at
exactly fifteen degrees from the vertical to minimise ref...
Flight attendants must not have any tattoos visible when a
uniform is worn. These requirements are designed to give the
ai...
#6 Turbulence is generally only dangerous when a
person is not restrained by a seat belt
travel, fly and always www.share....
#7
Intheeventofanaircrafthavingtoditchinwater,theyare
designedtofloatforaperiodoftimewiththedoorsabovethe
waterline
travel...
#8 All International Airline Pilots speak English.
travel, fly and always www.share.travel
#9
Flightslongerthan8hoursrequire3pilots(1captainand2first
officers)torotateflyingduties.Flightslongerthan12hoursrequire4
...
#10Eachairlinepilotflyingtheaircraft,eatsadifferentmeal
tominimizetheriskofallpilotsonboardbeingill.
travel, fly and alway...
#11ThenormalratioofFlightAttendantstopassengerseats
isoneFlightAttendantforevery50passengerseats.
travel, fly and always w...
#12
The height requirement for Flight Attendant is for safety
reasons, making sure that all flight attendants can reach
ov...
#13 The normal ratio of Lavatories to passengers is
approximately one lavatory for every 50 passengers.
travel, fly and al...
#14 An air traveler can lose approximately 1.5 liters of
water in the body during a three-hour flight.
travel, fly and alw...
#15Thereasonwhythelightsareturnedoutduringtakeoffandlanding Isforyoureyestoadjusttolower
levelsoflight.Ifthere'sanaccident...
#10
The World's largest Airline in terms of Fleet Size is Delta
Airlines (United States) with 744 aircrafts and 121
aircra...
#17 The largest passenger plane is the Airbus 380 - nearly 240 feet long,
almost 80 feet high, and has a wingspan of more ...
#18The world's busiest airport in terms of passenger volume or the number of takeoffs and landings, is HartsfieldJackson
A...
#19 The Internet/On-Line check-in was first
used by Alaskan Airlines in 1999.
travel, fly and always www.share.travel
#20The world's Largest Airport is Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan (as of 2011). By
2013 Al Maktoum Internationa...
#21
The airport with the longest runway in the world is
Qamdo Bangda Airport in the Peoples Republic of China
with 5.50 ki...
#22 In 2009, Southwest served 63.2 million cans of soda, juices, and water; 14.3 million
alcoholic beverages; 14 million b...
#23 Cathay Pacific carries rice cookers, toasters, cappuccino
makers and skillets on board their airplanes.
travel, fly an...
#24 KLMofNetherlandsstandsforKoninklijkeLuchtvaart
Maatschappij(meaningRoyalDutchAirlines).
travel, fly and always www.sha...
#25SingaporeAirlinesspendsabout$700milliononfoodeveryyearand$16milliononwinealone.First
classpassengersconsume20,000bottle...
#26 KLM is the worlds' oldest airline
established in 1919.
travel, fly and always www.share.travel
#27 QANTAS - Australia's national airline, originally stood for
Queensland And Northern Territories Air Service.
travel, f...
#28 Virgin Atlantic lists catering as their third
biggest expense, after fuel and maintenance.
travel, fly and always www....
#29
lufthansa is the world’s safest airline of 2013, with 37
points from Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA) and the
Jet Ai...
#30AbuDhabiAirportServicesoncedidacompleteturn-aroundforaBoeing777inunder40minutes,
asopposedtoanormalminimumofonehour.The...
#31
In one year, British Airways passengers consume:
* 40.5 tons of chicken
* 6 tons of caviar
* 22 tons of smoked salmon
...
#32 American Airlines spent about $425 million
on food for domestic passengers in 2001.
travel, fly and always www.share.t...
#33In-flight catering is an $18 billion worldwide
industry employing up to 200,000 people.
travel, fly and always www.shar...
#34
In 2001, Dubai Duty Free sold 1,570,214 cartons of cigarettes,
2,909 kilograms of gold, 101,824 watches, 690,502 bottl...
#35
Whatifsomeonetriestoopenadoor?
Before take-off, you will hear the command ‘Doors to automatic and cross check’. Passen...
#36
Whydoesmycupofteatastefunny?
Proper tea is made with water that has been heated to 100c — the temperature at which it ...
#37
Whydoplanesleavelongwhitetrails?
These are called vapour trails, or more accurately, con trails (short for condensatio...
#38
Whatactuallyliftstheplaneintotheair?
Generations of schoolchildren have been taught that a plane flies because of the ...
#39 QANTAS is the second world's oldest airline
established in 1920.
HelloFellowTraveller,
TravelWorldPassporthasbeencreatedbypeoplehungrytodiscovertheworld.Wehaveformed
a web framework to sa...
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Photo Credit: Darwin Bell via Compfight cc
Photo Credit: ivoryelephantphotograph...
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to www.share.travel
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Air travels are arguably the fastest and one of the safest ways to travel and explore the world. All the modern day nomads know that, but there are slight chances they and you for that matter don’t know all the 39 facts about air travel. So we’ve prepared a little selection of the juicy facts, trivia and things that’ll make you a small talk star at any sort of social gathering. So, read on traveler! And quote till you drop.

Travel World Passport has been created by people hungry to discover the world. We have formed a web framework to save travel memories. It was born out of continuous search for inspiration. While we appreciate the satisfaction exploration brings, we have a strong conviction that the when looking for true inspiration, we often found it difficult information available online was scattered and often inaccessible.

The most valuable and remarkable travel inspiration and information is available on travel blogs, but for those who do not follow them on a regular basis it is hard to keep track of. Our mission is now to gather the most valuable, relevant and useful travel content in one place, where it is indexed and easily searchable.

So for those, who are not satisfied with the way travel content is being presented online our product is a web framework to save and digest travel information around the stories of real travelers. It provides the necessary inspiration and contains information to start your journey. Our belief is that travel is about the feeling and the experiences, not the place. Those thoughts and believes are reflected in all the aspects of our work. And that feeling inspires us to be free, travel and do great things. We hope it will inspire you, too.

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  1. facts about air travelthat will make you a small talk star**and make you want to question some things you believed in travel, fly and always www.share.travel 39
  2. HelloTraveler, Air travels are arguably the fastest and one of the safest ways to travel and explore the world. All the modern day nomads know that, but there are slight chances they and you for that matter don’t know all the 39 facts about air travel. So we’ve prepared a little selection of the juicy facts, trivia and things that’ll make you a small talk star at any sort of social gathering.So,readontraveler!Andquotetillyoudrop. TravelWorldPassportTeam travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  3. In1987,AmericanAirlinessavedanestimated$40,000by givingonelessoliveineachsaladservedinfirstclass. #1 travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  4. #2 In most Western airlines passenger planes are missing thirteenth row. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  5. #3 Themostannoyingfactorinflightforpassengersis thesoundofaneighborbehindthebackofthechair. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  6. #4 The windows in an airport control tower must be tilted out at exactly fifteen degrees from the vertical to minimise reflections from both inside and outside the control tower. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  7. Flight attendants must not have any tattoos visible when a uniform is worn. These requirements are designed to give the airlines a positive representation#5 travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  8. #6 Turbulence is generally only dangerous when a person is not restrained by a seat belt travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  9. #7 Intheeventofanaircrafthavingtoditchinwater,theyare designedtofloatforaperiodoftimewiththedoorsabovethe waterline travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  10. #8 All International Airline Pilots speak English. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  11. #9 Flightslongerthan8hoursrequire3pilots(1captainand2first officers)torotateflyingduties.Flightslongerthan12hoursrequire4 pilots(1captainand3firstofficers).Theyusuallyfly3-4hourshifts. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  12. #10Eachairlinepilotflyingtheaircraft,eatsadifferentmeal tominimizetheriskofallpilotsonboardbeingill. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  13. #11ThenormalratioofFlightAttendantstopassengerseats isoneFlightAttendantforevery50passengerseats. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  14. #12 The height requirement for Flight Attendant is for safety reasons, making sure that all flight attendants can reach overhead safety equipment. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  15. #13 The normal ratio of Lavatories to passengers is approximately one lavatory for every 50 passengers. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  16. #14 An air traveler can lose approximately 1.5 liters of water in the body during a three-hour flight. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  17. #15Thereasonwhythelightsareturnedoutduringtakeoffandlanding Isforyoureyestoadjusttolower levelsoflight.Ifthere'sanaccidentandtheyhavetoactivatetheemergencyslides,studieshaveshown thatyouwillbeabletoseebetterandthereforebeabletoevacuatemorequicklyandsafely. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  18. #10 The World's largest Airline in terms of Fleet Size is Delta Airlines (United States) with 744 aircrafts and 121 aircrafts on order as of March 2011. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  19. #17 The largest passenger plane is the Airbus 380 - nearly 240 feet long, almost 80 feet high, and has a wingspan of more than 260 feet. The double- decker plane has a standard seating capacity of 555 passengers. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  20. #18The world's busiest airport in terms of passenger volume or the number of takeoffs and landings, is HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, United States with more than 88 million passengers shuffled through the Atlanta airport in 2009, with another 20 million in the first three months of 2010, and with aircraft take-off and landings approximately every 37 seconds. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  21. #19 The Internet/On-Line check-in was first used by Alaskan Airlines in 1999. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  22. #20The world's Largest Airport is Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan (as of 2011). By 2013 Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates is planned to be the largest airport in the world. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  23. #21 The airport with the longest runway in the world is Qamdo Bangda Airport in the Peoples Republic of China with 5.50 kilometers in length (as of 2011). travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  24. #22 In 2009, Southwest served 63.2 million cans of soda, juices, and water; 14.3 million alcoholic beverages; 14 million bags of pretzels; 90 million bags of peanuts; 17.7 million Select-A-Snacks; and 33.5 million other snacks. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  25. #23 Cathay Pacific carries rice cookers, toasters, cappuccino makers and skillets on board their airplanes. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  26. #24 KLMofNetherlandsstandsforKoninklijkeLuchtvaart Maatschappij(meaningRoyalDutchAirlines). travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  27. #25SingaporeAirlinesspendsabout$700milliononfoodeveryyearand$16milliononwinealone.First classpassengersconsume20,000bottlesofalcoholeverymonthandSingaporeAirlinesisthe secondlargestbuyerofDomPerignonchampagneintheworld. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  28. #26 KLM is the worlds' oldest airline established in 1919. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  29. #27 QANTAS - Australia's national airline, originally stood for Queensland And Northern Territories Air Service. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  30. #28 Virgin Atlantic lists catering as their third biggest expense, after fuel and maintenance. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  31. #29 lufthansa is the world’s safest airline of 2013, with 37 points from Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA) and the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC). travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  32. #30AbuDhabiAirportServicesoncedidacompleteturn-aroundforaBoeing777inunder40minutes, asopposedtoanormalminimumofonehour.Theyunloadedpassengers,cargo,mail,cleanedthe aircraft,andloadedoutboundpassengers,cargoandmailinthatshorttime. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  33. #31 In one year, British Airways passengers consume: * 40.5 tons of chicken * 6 tons of caviar * 22 tons of smoked salmon * 557,507 boxes of chocolate * 90 thousand cases (9 liter cases) of sparkling wine. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  34. #32 American Airlines spent about $425 million on food for domestic passengers in 2001. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  35. #33In-flight catering is an $18 billion worldwide industry employing up to 200,000 people. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  36. #34 In 2001, Dubai Duty Free sold 1,570,214 cartons of cigarettes, 2,909 kilograms of gold, 101,824 watches, 690,502 bottles of perfume, 52,119 mobile phones. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  37. #35 Whatifsomeonetriestoopenadoor? Before take-off, you will hear the command ‘Doors to automatic and cross check’. Passengers assume that the cabin crew are being told to lock the doors. In fact, the instruction is to put the inflatable evacuation slides on to automatic, so that they shoot out if the door is opened. In practice, plane doors don’t need to be locked because once airborne it’s virtually impossible to open them. That’s partly because of the unusual way they swing — inwards first and then outwards — and the fact that cabin air pressure is so much higher than the surrounding air pressure. As a result, as the plane climbs, the cabin air pressure pushes the door outwards, sealing it into place. The higher the plane flies, the stronger the seal becomes. So strong that it would be impossible for anyone to open it. But, please, don’t try. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  38. #36 Whydoesmycupofteatastefunny? Proper tea is made with water that has been heated to 100c — the temperature at which it boils on the ground. Unfortunately, in the reduced-pressure environment of an aircraft cabin, the boiling point of water is lowered to around 90c, which means that the brewing process is unsatisfactory. For the same reason, you cannot have a decent cuppa high in the mountains. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  39. #37 Whydoplanesleavelongwhitetrails? These are called vapour trails, or more accurately, con trails (short for condensation trails). Aviation fuel is a hydrocarbon which, when burnt, produces two compounds: carbon dioxide and water. Because of the high temperature of combustion in a jet engine — around 1,300c — water is expelled as a gas but, as it meets the very cold air of the high-altitude atmosphere, it condenses into tiny droplets or, if it’s cold enough, ice crystals. That’s why, if you look closely, there’s always a gap between the plane and the beginning of the vapour trail — it takes a bit of time for the gas to form droplets, so they form some distance behind the plane. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  40. #38 Whatactuallyliftstheplaneintotheair? Generations of schoolchildren have been taught that a plane flies because of the curved shape, in cross-section, of its aerofoil wings. This makesthe air flowfasterover thetopand sloweroverthebottomof the wing,creating highpressurebelowandapartialvacuum above, literally ‘sucking’ the wing (and the plane) into the sky — the so-called Bernoulli Effect. This isnot(quite) correct. Infacthowawing‘works’ isextremely complex.The mostimportantfactoristhesimple‘angleofattack’of the wing to the air through which it is moving. If the wing is angled slightly upwards, at its leading edge, air will be forced under the wing pushing it up, much like a kite. If the first explanation was correct, planes could never fly upside down — when clearly they can. travel, fly and always www.share.travel
  41. #39 QANTAS is the second world's oldest airline established in 1920.
  42. HelloFellowTraveller, TravelWorldPassporthasbeencreatedbypeoplehungrytodiscovertheworld.Wehaveformed a web framework to save travel memories. It was born out of continuous search for inspiration. While we appreciate the satisfaction exploration brings, we have a strong conviction that the when looking for true inspiration, we often found it difficult information available online was scatteredandofteninaccessible. The most valuable and remarkable travel inspiration and information is available on travel blogs, butforthosewhodonotfollowthemonaregularbasisitishardtokeeptrackof.Ourmissionis now to gather the most valuable, relevant and useful travel content in one place, where it is indexedandeasilysearchable. So for those, who are not satisfied with the way travel content is being presented online our product is a web framework to save and digest travel information around the stories of real travelers.Itprovidesthenecessaryinspirationandcontainsinformationtostartyourjourney.Our belief is that travel is about the feeling and the experiences, not the place. Those thoughts and believesarereflectedinalltheaspectsofourwork.Andthatfeelinginspiresustobefree,travel anddogreatthings.Wehopeitwillinspireyou,too. TravelWorldPassportTeam travel, fly and always www.share.travel
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