In this post, we will tell you about some interesting or crazy Air Cargo Facts. 35% of global trade by value is defined by air cargo, and revenue of cargo airlines amounted to around 50.7 billion U.S. dollars worldwide in 2017. Across the globe, there are 3,200 airports with 60,000 trade lanes, and the astonishing 68 million people have jobs supported by the aviation industry.
1. The First Air Cargo Flight was in 1910
- The first ‘cargo only’ flight was recorded in November 1910 in the USA, using a Wright Model B airplane that flew 65 miles carrying a package of silk.
- The business owner used the beginning transport more like the PR stunt to celebrate the opening of his store, with the bundle of silk cut into individual pieces and glued onto souvenir postcards.
2. Biggest Air Cargo Planes in the World
- The biggest and the notorious air cargo plane is known as the Antonov An-225 Mriya or in other words the beast.
- Originating from the Cold War days and used by Russia particularly for its Space Program.
- The plane stands at 275ft long and the 290ft wingspan dwarfs even the biggest passenger planes.
- It has to be the Airbus Beluga that takes its design inspiration from the Beluga whales.
- The atypical shape providing the distinct hump results in a spacious cargo hold of 14000 cubic meters or 36 cars.
4. Air Freight’s Flower Power
- Did you know that the majority of the cut flowers imported to the United Kingdom are flown from Kenya?
- With at least 10 different air cargo freighters based in Nairobi delivering into the locations across Europe.
- In fact, 45 cargo freighters were dispatched to Amsterdam in 1 week alone in the run-up to Valentine’s Day this year.
5. Is it a Bird? On a plane?
- Animals have been transported by the air since the 1920s, with the Domestic Pet Transportation, Aquarium animals and the Zoo animals all able to be transported by the specialist air cargo companies.
- Killer Whales, Giraffes, Elephants, Seals, and even Lions have all been transported by air like modern-day versions of Noah’s Ark.
- Recently Swaziland sent 18 Elephants via Boeing 747 to the American zoo to preserve the Rhino population.