"Aviation is a force for good" - 100 years of commercial flights

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On 1 January 2014, IATA celebrated 100 years of commercial flights. One of the largest industries on the planet has completed a century of activity. To recap the most important moments in commercial aviation, IATA has launched a dedicated site: flying100years.com.

Pe January 1 1914, the first commercial flight was operated on the route St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, Florida. The distance of 34 kilometers was traveled in 23 minutes, and at the sleeve of the Benoist seaplane was the pilot Tony Jannus. The first passenger in civil aviation history was Abram C. Pheil, former mayor of St. Petersburg, and the fee paid for this privilege was 400 dollars, a nice sum for those times.


100 years of commercial flights

Although the route was operated only for 4 months, it was enough to start a new development phase in the history of mankind. In just 100 years, the industry has grown a lot. For the first time in the 100 years of commercial aviation, in 2013 the threshold of exceeded 3 billion passengers transported by air, and 2014 is estimated to be 3.3 billion (equivalent to about 44% of the world's population).

About 50 million tons of freight they are transported by cargo aircraft every year, approximately 140 000 of tonnes daily. The goods are evaluated at 6400 billion dollars (35% of the value of internationally traded goods).

It all started with a flight that connected two cities at a distance of 34 km and reached a 40 network over 000 of cities around the world and over 80 million miles traveled daily of the global aircraft fleet. On 1 January 1914 a passenger was transported, and on 1 January 2014 were transported 8 547 945 of passengers.

Currently, aviation has generated over 57 million jobs and a turnover of over 2200 billion. The direct contribution to the economy is 540 billion.

A century of aviation has transformed the world in unimaginable ways. It has connected people, cultures, economic markets, contributed to the development of mankind, encouraged evolution, united countries and continents. "Aviation is a force of good", Tony Tyler, Director General of IATA.

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