20 interesting flying facts

Thomas Cook Airlines plane
  1. A captain and first officer eat different in-flight meals in case of food poisoning.
  2. Your taste buds just aren’t the same at altitude, with the dryness and humidity on board reducing sensitivity to salty and sweet by around 30%.
  3. On average there are around 200,000 flights every day worldwide.
  4. You lose 1.5 litres of water on an average 3 hour flight, so it’s really important to keep hydrated!
  5. An Airbus A330-300 will set you back about $253,700,000 or approximately £178,000,000.A330 at Manchester AirportA330 at Manchester Airport by Garfield Moreton
  6. Prince Charles and Prince William always fly on separate flights.
  7. Can’t wait to get to your holiday destination? Commercial aircraft fly at an impressive average speed of 500 miles (800 kilometres) per hour.Thomas Cook Airlines plane in the air
  8. The average flight travels at 35,000 feet. That means those views you get during your flight are from a staggering 7 miles high.
  9. The outside temperature at cruising altitude is approximately -55ºC.
  10. The sharklets on an Airbus A330-200 are 8ft high, the same height as the world’s tallest man.
  11. January 1st, 1914 saw the first ever passenger fly on a commercial flight.
  12. The Airbus A321 first took to the skies on 11 March 1993.
  13. Flying is the 2nd safest form of transport. Only the escalator is safer, though it would take a lot longer to get to the Caribbean on one of those.
  14. It’s thought that about 1 in 6 people have a fear of flying, or “aviophobia”. So if you struggle with your nerves, remember that you’re not alone. We recommend you try a short fear of flying audio course to see if it helps.
  15. Most planes flying internationally have their home country’s flag painted on or around their tails.Thomas Cook Airlines A321Photo by @samc9807
  16. English is the international language of flight. All Air Traffic Controllers and all commercial pilots who fly on international flights are required to communicate in English.
  17. One third of the world’s airports are in the USA.
  18. The sensation of your ears popping on a plane is called barotrauma.
  19. The minimum height requirement for cabin crew is around 5ft 2in.
  20. The white contrail a plane leaves in the sky can be used to predict the weather. A thick, long-lasting contrail could signify the early indicators of a storm.

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11 Comments

  • Richard Barlow says:

    We will be traveling the first Saturday in Aug out of LAX on Thomas Cook Airlines to England. Need help on what terminal and area for Thomas Cook at LAX?

  • Robert Payne says:

    I feel disappointed with Thomas Cook I want to extend my say in Tenerife this year but I have been told this is not possible to alter my date to return, is this a fact

  • R c jenkins says:

    Buy text talk, They. Told me LAX Arrival terminal b, but it was terminal 2′ they told me sundown was free but it was £5. On the booking confirmation they said carry on premier was 5 kg but it’s 10kg.. The new route did not have enough baggage handlers so we were 25 minuets late tacking off, and my suitcase was damaged. Probably teaching problems. And more, They need to get their act together. However the flight was good we were well looked after and I will fligh with them again. Just there info is real bad

  • Matthew mcmillan says:

    Have flown with Thomas Cook Airlines a number of times over the last 5 years . Disappointed with the problems on their website for the last 10 months !!!!. Also been waiting on a refund which was agreed and promised first on email (never arrived) then a postal voucher 6 weeks ago ( never arrived ) re promised again 4 weeks ago ( still waiting )

  • Matthew mcmillan says:

    How long does it take for “moderation”?

  • Melvyn Watson says:

    Why can we not look at the seat layout plan on manage your booking, I am flying to St Lucia from Manchester in January 2016

  • Tunde Toth says:

    How often do you treat the plains against bedbugs, hair lice and fleas?

  • Roger Stott says:

    Interesting flying facts No. 18:
    Speaking as a professional Diving Supervisor, (oil and gas, not scooby doos) the sensation of one’s ears popping is not Barotrauma. Barotrauma literally means ‘Pressure Damage’
    The sensation of your ears popping is merely the equalisation of pressure between the outer and the middle ear. No damage will occur unless the eustachian tubes are blocked and the increase/decrease of pressure continues.

  • William Morton says:

    We flew from Manchester to Tobago on 22/01/2017 and had a great flight. We flew premium. The seating was excellent and staff were superb. Food and drinks were excellent. Well done.

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