Some Century – Fun Facts as Airline Industry hits 100

The airline industry is 100 years old.  Thought it appropriate to share some fun facts from the Travel @home team of Vision 2000 to mark the century…. and as we take on the second one in fine style! 🙂

On 17 May 1911 the first fee-paying passenger to a specific destination took flight in a tiny biplane.

Other “firsts” since then include:

• Aeroplane with toilet, 1913 Passengers had to cross their legs until the giant Russian Knight arrived.

• In-flight meals, 1919 Sandwiches, fruit and chocolate were offered on London-Paris flights for 15p.

• Air hostesses, 1930 United Airlines stewardesses had to be nurses – and not more than 25 years old or 115lb.

• Air charter holiday, 1932 “But air travel IS safe . . .” was the forlorn slogan of the London travel company arranging flights to Switzerland.

• In-flight magazine, 1947 The honour went to Pan American’s Clipper.

• Duty-free shop, 1947 Irish souvenirs were offered for sale at Shannon airport.

• Supersonic airliner, 1968 The TU144 beat Concorde, the plans for which the Russians had nicked, hence the name “Concordski”.

• 2011 Spaceport Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic base in New Mexico opened to the public last week.

Thanks to the head of Vision 2000’s @home team, Lynda Sinclair, for sharing these fun facts! 

If you want to come join us as we take on the next century, give her a call.

Lynda Sinclair, CTM
Manager, Vision 2000 Travel@home
Vision 2000 Travel Group
Phone: 416-275-9283

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