(Video) 100 years of commercial aviation and developments
101 years ago, specifically on 1 January 1914, a plane rose from the ground to operate the first commercial flight. It was operated on the 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 the history of civil aviation 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 aviation
This is how the history of commercial aviation began. Passed 100 years of aviation, but not only by commercial flights, but also by technological developments. It all started with a Benoist seaplane and came to 2 floors and 4 engines and even space rockets. What's next?
In 1914, a flight linked two destinations. After 100 years, over 40 000 of cities are linked by commercial flights. Over 8.5 millions of passengers choose to fly daily.
A century of aviation has transformed the world in unimaginable ways. It linked people, cultures, economic markets, contributed to the development of humanity, encouraged evolution, united countries and continents. "Aviation is a force of good," Tony Tyler, IATA CEO.