Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Aviation

In 1914, the young pilot Tony Jannus made history with the first scheduled commercial flight.  The route was St. Petersburg to Tampa, Florida, a distance of only 21 miles. The flight-time was only 23 minutes. The single passenger was former St. Petersburg mayor, Abram Phiel, who purchased the seat at auction for $400.  Accounting for inflation, that’s around $5,000 (approx. £3,000 / €3,900) today.

Since that first flight, carrying just one passenger, commercial aviation has come so far. Today, around 100,000 flights carry 8 million passengers every single day.

Take a look at our poster below to celebrate 100 years of commercial aviation, and consider our BSc Engineering degree if you're interested in the mechanics and complexity behind these commercial airliners.

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Sources of information:

ibtimes.com/how-airline-industry-has-evolved-100-years-commercial-air-travel-1524238

rita.dot.gov/bts/airfares

rita.dot.gov/bts/press_releases/bts016_13

space.com/16657-worlds-first-commercial-airline-the-greatest-moments-in-flight.html

cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2053.html

theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2014/aviation-100-years

seatguru.com/airlines/KLM/KLM_Boeing_747-400_full.php

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Updated 
30 September, 2014 - 18:14