We bring to your attention the event celebrated globally on December 7th "International Civil Aviation Day”. A day that marks the successes achieved in the field of civil aviation and the desire for globally progress and improvement. The theme for the day from 2015-2018 is ‘Working together to ensure no country is left behind’.
The United Nations (UN) International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has played a major role in ensuring the safety of airlines around the globe. How? By complying with ICAO standards, nations are joined together and make for a better and stronger worldwide airline service overall. Travel is the largest industry in the world so it’s extremely important to keep everything flowing and steadily growing!
Here are top 10 facts about civil aviation:
The world’s civil aviation fleets comprised 27,352 aeroplanes in 2015.
Somewhere between 500,000 and a million people are flying in aeroplanes, at any moment.
The world’s airlines took 3.5 billion people a total of 4.1 trillion passenger-miles in 2015.
The first scheduled commercial airline flight was on January 1, 1914. It was across Florida Bay from St. Petersburg to Tampa.
Heathrow was the world’s sixth busiest airport by number of passengers in 2015. It was beaten by Atlanta, Beijing, Dubai, Chicago and Tokyo.
The first airline meals were served on a Handley-Page flight from London to Paris. They were pre-packed lunch boxes at three shillings each.
Triumph International launched the Frequent Flyer’s Bra. As the metal in conventional brassieres had been setting off airport detectors in 2001.
The world’s smallest commercial runway is on the Caribbean island of Saba. It is only 400 metres long. Also it is too short for jet airliners.
A Boeing 747 Jumbo jet weighs as much as 67 average African elephants.
The word “air-port” dates back to the 1780s when it meant a ventilation porthole in a ship.
Civil aviation is there for all of our benefit after all – we wouldn’t be able to jet off on any exotic holidays or business trips without their services!