The aviation world is one of the most fascinating industries. And it is an industry full of secrets, myths, and unbelievable facts. With this blog, we are going to unravel some of the craziest aviation facts about airlines, airports, or simply traveling. Discover an amazing list of aviation facts you definitely haven’t known before!

Crazy Aviation Facts

Crazy Aviation Facts — The Idea behind

Before we dive into the world of crazy aviation facts let me provide some context. The crazy aviation facts you are going to read have been gathered across dozens of websites. Although we try to validate each fact we do not take any responsibility for the correctness. In case you think a fact isn’t correct feel free to hit me up on Twitter and let me know!

So what’s the idea behind this source for crazy aviation facts? Actually, we just felt that it is time to build this source. Since we are aviation enthusiasts and always try to impress other people with aviation facts, it just made sense to collect the facts.

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The Craziest Aviation Facts (1-10)

#01 Outer Space
The average cruising altitude of a commercial plane still is approximately 90,000m below the Kármán line — which is defined as the official border between the earth's surface and outer space. Click To Tweet
#02 Growth Potential
One of my favorite aviation facts: 95% of the world's population has never been on a flight. That means 7,410,000,000 people have never boarded an airplane. Click To Tweet
#03 Why You Like Tomato Juice
The atmosphere in an airline cabin reduces your ability to detect tastes by about 30 percent—think of it as your taste buds go numb. Click To Tweet
#04 The Olive Case
In 1987 American Airlines saved $40,000 annually by removing one olive from the first-class salads. Click To Tweet
#05 Safety Is First
The reason why airlines dim the cabin light during night flights isn't solely about letting passengers sleeper tighter. It creates a safer environment by making the emergency exits easier for passengers to find while also allowing… Click To Tweet
#06 Aerophobia!
80% of the world's population is afraid of flying — so-called aerophobia. Click To Tweet
#07 Don’t Drink Tap Water!
The bacteria levels of tap water are 100 times the amount of allowed bacteria levels in the United States! Click To Tweet
#08 Digital Revolution
Alaska Airlines was the first airline that introduced online check-in in 1999. Click To Tweet
#09 Crazy Millionaires
The highest price that has ever been paid for a flight ticket is $123,000. An Australian millionaire bought that ticket for a flight from Singapore to Sydney in 2007 — at it was the maiden flight of the A380. Click To Tweet
#10 Emotional Flights
The likelihood that a man cries when watching a movie on an airplane is 15% higher than when watching a movie on the ground. Click To Tweet

The Craziest Aviation Facts (11-20)

#11 Safety Again
The safest section of an aircraft is the back third. The fatality rate of passengers is "only" 32% — whereas mid and front third the fatality rate is ~38%. So make sure to chose a seat at the back! Click To Tweet
#12 Cable Guy
225 kilometers! Inside of a 747 aircraft 225 kilometers of cable are routed. Click To Tweet
#13 Transatlantic
The first transatlantic flight took place in 1919. Operated by the US NAVY the flight took 24 days! Click To Tweet
#14 Let’s Fly Business Class
Qantas Airways was the first airline in the world that introduced the business class — in 1979 Click To Tweet
#15 Busy Route
With almost 80,000 flights in one year the route Seoul – Jeju is the busiest route in the world. Click To Tweet
#16 Disgusting
The tray table is the dirtiest place on an airplane. The bacteria levels found on tray tables are even three times as high as levels on the toilet flush button. Click To Tweet
#17 Food On Planes
1919 was the year when food was served on a plane for the first time. This happened on a trip from London to Paris. However, the sandwich wasn't for free but cost 3 Schilling back then. Click To Tweet
#18 Beardless
Safety is first! That's why (at many airlines) pilots are not allowed to have a beard because it could cause problems when wearing the oxygen mask. Click To Tweet
#19 The Chicken Gun
In order to simulate bird strikes, airlines use so-called "Chicken Guns" to shoot dead chickens straight into the engine. Click To Tweet
#20 Fatality
The likelihood that your flight crashes are extremely low. Actually, this likeliness is about 0.000024% Click To Tweet

The Craziest Aviation Facts (21-30)

#21 Passengers On 747
Up to now, 5.6 Billion people have traveled on a Boeing 747 aircraft! Click To Tweet
#22 Air Force One
Instead of capacity >300, the maximum capacity of the Air Force One is 96 people — including crew! Click To Tweet
#23 The Busiest International Route
Although pretty close to each other, Hong Kong — Tapei is the busiest international route. Click To Tweet
#24 To The Moon And Back
Up to today, 78 billion kilometers have been logged on all flights with a 747 aircraft. That's 100,000 times to the moon and back! Click To Tweet
#25 Lost Bags
In 2019, 1.7 Million bags were lost worldwide! And lost really means lost. That doesn't include the mishandled bags that were delivered late! Click To Tweet
#26 Bye, bye Bermuda Trianlge
Although it's still a common myth, the Bermuda Triangle doesn't play a role in commercial flights. Airlines no longer avoid that area. Click To Tweet
#27 Sweat, sweat Bay
On average the human body loses 1.5 liters of water on a 3-hour flight! Click To Tweet
#28 Plane Crashes Again
80% of all plane crashes happen during take-off and landing. Click To Tweet
#29 Supersonic
In 1947 a jetplane broke the sound barrier for the first time. Click To Tweet
#30 Mini Vans
The amount of fuel that goes into a Boeing 747 could fuel 1,400 minivans! Click To Tweet

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The Craziest Aviation Facts (31-40)

#31 Parts in a 747
A Boeing 747 is built of approximately 6 million single parts! Click To Tweet
#32 Sleeping Pilots
In a survey 67% percent of pilots admitted that they've —at least once— fell into sleep accidentally while flying. Click To Tweet
#33 A380’s Wingspan
The A380 is one of the rare aircraft with a longer wingspan than the body (8m longer wingspan) Click To Tweet
#34 Is there a transportation mode that is safer than air travel?
Actually, there's only one transportation mode that is even safer than traveling by aircraft: The elevator. Click To Tweet
#35 Surviving a plane crash
Only 4.3% of all passengers involved in a plane crash actually died. Click To Tweet
#36 Alcohol in first class
Singapore Airlines serves 20,000 bottles of alcohol in their first-class every month! Click To Tweet
#37 The first flight around the world
The first non-stop flight around the world took place in 1986! Click To Tweet
#38 The first flight attendant
A German man served as the first flight attendant back in 1912. He served on the Zeppelin "Schwaben" Click To Tweet
#39 Boeing 747 fuel burn
On average a Boeing 747 burns 3.7 liters fuel per second Click To Tweet
#40 Serving the most countries
Turkish Airlines is the airline that serves most countries. Click To Tweet

The Craziest Aviation Facts (41-50)

#41 Passenger Weight
On average, passenger weight accounts for 10% of an aircraft's entire bulk weight. Click To Tweet
#42 Coloured Black Boxes
Black boxes aren't black — on the contrary, they are painted with a special, bright-orange color! Click To Tweet
#43 What happens if someone dies on a plane?
Actually, there is no standard procedure to follow when a passenger dies during a flight. Some aircraft have special locations to store dead bodies. However, some airlines simply move the body to the last seat row or to a place in the… Click To Tweet
#44 Singapore Airline’s Wine Bill
Singapore Airlines spends 60 million USD annually for wine. Click To Tweet
#45 JFK Airport
Obviously, the name of New York's John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) hasn't always been John F. Kennedy Airport. Previously to JFK, the airport was called Idlewild Airport. Click To Tweet
#46 Single-Engine Operations
The longest duration a twin-engine aircraft can (or at least is allowed) to fly with only one engine is 5.5 hours! Click To Tweet
#47 World’s safest airline
Australia's Qantas Airways is the world's safest airline. Click To Tweet
#48 Winglet Size
The height of winglets is actually larger than most people expect. Usually, winglets have a height of 2.4 meters. Click To Tweet
#49 The first non-stop flight around the world!
The first non-stop flight around the world took place in 1986. Click To Tweet
#50 Death Valley and aircraft
The air on an aircraft is much drier than at the driest place on earth — Death Valley. The humidity (on average) in Death Valley is about 50%, whereas on aircraft the humidity is about 20% Click To Tweet

The Craziest Aviation Facts (51-60)

#51 Fuel Efficiency
The vast majority of today's aircraft are over 70% more fuel-efficient per seat kilometer than planes in the 60s. Click To Tweet
#52 Different Meals
At many airlines, pilots and co-pilots must eat different meals to avoid the chances of simultaneous food poisoning. Click To Tweet
#53 2 Hours 56 Minutes
Flying from New York to London with the Concorde took 2 hours and 56 minutes. Today, it takes at least 5 hours and 16 minutes if you were flying with the fastest aircraft. Click To Tweet
#54 100% Delays
Argentina's Flybondi was the most unpunctual airline in 2021 — with an on-time performance of 0%. Click To Tweet
#55 Punctual Airports
Japan's Osaka Airport is the world's most punctual airport. 98.5% of its flights depart on time! Click To Tweet
#56 22.5 Million Facebook Followers
With 22.5 Million followers, Qatar Airways is the most successful airline on Facebook! Click To Tweet
#57 Most valuable airline — temporarily
For a couple of days, China's Hainan Airlines was the world's most valuable airline in May 2021 — with a market cap of 34.8 Billion USD! Click To Tweet
#58 Most successful airline on Twitter
With 3.4 Million followers, Garuda Indonesia is the most successful airline on Twitter! Click To Tweet
#59 Profitable despite Corona!
Besides Cargo carriers, 4 airlines managed to be profitable in 2020: China Airlines, Korean Air, Ethiopian Airlines, and Bamboo Airways! Click To Tweet
#60 Most Successful Airline On Instagram
With almost 5.6 Million followers, Emirates is the most successful airline on Instagram! Click To Tweet

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Benjamin is a content-maniac, music-lover, aviation-enthusiast, and CEO of Information Design (in this order). His daily business revolves around pioneering solutions to change the way airlines, airports, and aviators use information. His visions are based on expertise gained in more than 15 years in the industry and working with renowned airlines + airports worldwide.

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