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• All International Airline Pilots
• Flights longer than 8 hours require 3 pilots
(1 captain and 2 first officers) to rotate flying duties.
Flights longer than 12 hours require 4 pilots (1 captain and
3 first officers). They usually fly 3-4hour shifts.
airline pilot flying the aircraft, eats a different meal to
minimise the risk of all pilots on board being ill.
average, pilots fly between 9 and 14 days a month (Indian
company pilots fly 24 to 26 days)
•All airlines have an
agreement to let each other’s travelling pilots occupy empty
seats. If no seats are available, the travelling pilot can also
occupy an extra seat in the cockpit that is usually
•The main function of flight attendants are for
the safety and security of their passengers, and passenger
comfort is only secondary.
•The first female flight
attendants in 1930 were required to weigh less than 115 pounds.
In addition, they had to be nurses and unmarried.
attendants must not have any tattoos visible when a uniform is
worn. These requirements are designed to give the airlines a
•The normal ratio of Flight
Attendants to passenger seats is one Flight Attendant for every
50 passenger seats.
•The height requirement for Flight
Attendant is for safety reasons, making sure that all flight
attendants can reach overhead safety equipment.
normal ratio of Lavatories to passengers is approximately one
lavatory for every 50 passengers.
•An air traveller can
lose approximately 1.5 litres of water in the body during a
•The reason why the lights are turned
out during take-off and landing–Is for your eyes to adjust to
lower levels of light. If there's an accident and they
have to activate the emergency slides, studies have shown that
you will be able to see better and therefore be able to evacuate
more quickly and safely.
•The World’s largest Airline in
terms of Fleet Size is Delta Airlines United States) with 744
aircraft and 121 aircraft on order as of March 2011.
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
•The world’s busiest airport in terms of
passenger volume or the number of take-offs and landing s, is
Hartsfield–Jackson 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. •The
Internet/On-Line check-in was first used by Alaskan Airlines in
•The 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
•The airport with the longest runway in the world
is Qamdo Bangda Airport in the Peoples Republic of China with
5.50 kilometres in length (as of 2011).
Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by removing 1 olive from each
salad served in first class.
•In 2009, Southwest served
632 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
•Singapore Airlines spends about $700
million on food every year and $16 million on wine alone. First
class passengers consume 20,000 bottles of alcohol every month
and Singapore Airlines is the second largest buyer of Dom
Perignon champagne in the world.
•Cathay Pacific carries
rice cookers, toasters, cappuccino makers and skillets on board
their air planes.
•KLM of Netherlands stands for
Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (meaning Royal Dutch
•KLM is the worlds' oldest airline established
•QANTAS - Australia’s national airline,
originally stood for Queensland And Northern Territories Air
Service. It is the second world’s oldest airline established in
1920, and still has the world's best safety record with no fatal
crashes as of 2011
•Virgin Atlantic lists catering as
their third biggest expense, after fuel and
•American Airlines spent about $425 million
on food for domestic passengers in 2001.
•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 litre cases) of sparkling
•Abu Dhabi Airport Services once did a complete
turn-around for a Boeing 777 in under 40 minutes, as opposed to
a normal minimum of one hour. They unloaded passengers, cargo,
mail, cleaned the aircraft, and loaded outbound passengers,
cargo and mail in that short time.
2001, Dubai Duty Free sold 1,570,214 cartons of cigarettes,
2,003,151 bottles of liquor, 2,909 kilo grams of gold, 101,824
watches, 690,502 bottles of perfume, 52,119 mobile
•In-flight catering is an $18 billion worldwide
industry employing up to 200,000 people.
was the first to introduce air bridge, which saved travellers
lengthy walk from the plane to the