53 Interesting Facts About Airplanes And Airlines

Last updated on February 15th, 2020

36. Are you interested in learning how airplanes fly? As the airplane flies, the air pressure below and above the wings is different. The difference in the pressure keeps the airplane airborne. Technically, this difference of pressure is termed as “lift.”

37. Airplanes are an American invention. The duo of Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912) Wright invented and built the world’s first successful airplanes in 1903.

38. In 1920s and 1930s, pilots were given “Blunder Trophies” for making silly mistakes while operating airplanes.

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Interesting facts about Airplanes: Blunder trophies Image credit

39. Commercial airport runways can be 2-4 feet thick, and are filled with asphalt.

40. The Antonov AN-225 cargo jet is the largest plane in the world.

41. The U.S. airline industry makes about $170 billion each year in revenue.

42. And airlines around the world earn $640 billion in revenue every year.

43. American Airlines is the world’s largest airline in terms of aircraft fleet.

44. If you were looking for a lucrative business opportunity, you would be thrilled to know that in-flight catering is an $18-billion industry, and it employs more than 200,000 qualified and well-trained individuals to deliver the best services.

45. The fate of a Boeing 727 that took off in 2003 is still unknown.

46. The North Maeric X-15 is the fastest supersonic airplane. It can fly at a speed of 6.7 Mach (7,200 km/h). In other words, it can fly at 6.7 times the speed of sound.

47. New Bangkok International Airport of Thailand, has the world’s tallest air traffic control (ATC), tower standing 132.2m (434ft).

48. Some airports can be bigger than the size of an entire country. King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, Saudi Arabia sits on 192,000 acres of land—that’s bigger than the entire country of Bahrain.

Interesting facts about aircrafts: The A380
The Airbus A380. Image credit

49. The GE90 is the world’s most powerful turbofan engine. It was developed primarily for the Boeing 777 aircraft. The GE90-115B produces a whopping 127,900 pounds of thrust.

50. Did you know that Airbus A380 is the world’s largest passenger airliner? It has a range of 14800 km, a maximum takeoff weight of 575 tonnes, and a maximum landing weight of 394 tonnes. The aircraft can carry a whopping 320000 liters of fuel on board. Emirates is its largest operator by far. The plane entered commercial service on 25 October 2007. The plane costs around $445.6 million apiece (2018).

51. And you could only land this massive airplane on just 20 runways in the world. The Airbus A380 is the world’s biggest passenger jet. It can accommodate 525 passengers in a typical three-class configuration, and up to 853 passengers in an all-economy class.

52. Did you know that a narrow body aircraft has one aisle while a wide-body aircraft has two aisles? A Boeing 747 is a widebody aircraft while a Boeing 737 is a narrow-body aircraft.

53. Emirates Airlines operates the biggest fleet of Airbus A380s. They have 67 of these aircraft in operation, while another 73 are ordered and will be delivered by Airbus in the coming years.