KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | February 2017

Fun Facts About: Flying! (Commercial Airline Flying, That Is)

By KidsView Staff

This year we’re going to try something new, with a column devoted to fun facts about all sorts of things. If you’ve got a topic to suggest, send it to kidsview@adventistreview.org. 

   This month, we’ll talk about flying commercial airlines. If you’ve traveled far in a big jet, or ever want to, you might be interested in this!

1. The oldest world airline is KLM, which was established in 1919. It is based in the Netherlands.

2. The wingspan of the A380 is actually longer than the plane itself. It is 80 meters, while the length of the plane is 72.7 meters. (Fun activity—convert that into feet.)

3. Did you know that traveling by air can rid the human body of about six cups of water during an average three-hour flight? Next time you fly, drink plenty of water!

4. The Wright Brothers’ first flight went 120 feet. The wingspan of a Boeing 747 is 196 feet!

5. Internet and online check-in (which is what we do most of the time to fly today) was first introduced by Alaska Airlines in 1999.

6. Boeing 747s worldwide— belonging to different airline carriers—have flown more than 5.6 billion people. That is about 80 percent of the world’s population.

7. At any given hour more than 61,000 people are airborne people over the continental United States!

8. The longest non-stop scheduled airline flight (by circle distance) on record (March 2016) was an Emirates Airbus A380 flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to Auckland, New Zealand (14,200 kilometers or 8,823 miles). 

9. Did you know pilots and copilots have to eat different meals in case of foodpoisoning?