In an effort to illustrate the complex logistics associated with preparing aircraft for flight, British Airways has unveiled data showing how many items are loaded aboard one of their Boeing 747 aircraft.
Focusing on a specific route from Heathrow to JFK, the airline shared that over 7,000 items are unloaded and re-loaded before each flight.
Breaking done the inventory further, British Airlines noted that the standard supply package comprised of 1,737 items of cutlery, 798 glasses, 101 full bottles and 388 quarter bottles of wine, 350 bags of pretzels, 78 toilet rolls, as well as five first aid kits and 282 blankets.
The figures also include the newly added Club World White Company day blanket, which was introduced as part of the carrier’s recent $762m investment in its long-haul business class.
The data also shed light on how people fly and for what reason. According to its data, British Airways noted that in an average year 47%, of travellers opt to fly solo, while 27% travel as a pair. In terms of motivation, 70% reportedly travel for leisure, while 28% are flying for business.
“Many of our customers are curious about flying and want to know who or what else is on their aircraft, so we’re happy to give a glimpse into our operation,” commented Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of Brand and Customer Experience.
“With more than 800 flights each day all over the world, it takes a lot of planning, from loading cargo to wine, toilet rolls, first aid kits, and our new White Company bedding. Behind the scenes, our teams work tirelessly year-round to make sure customers have a safe and enjoyable flight.”
Further stats from IAG Cargo help to paint a picture on the type of cargo loaded into the hold of a commercial jetliner. According to the company, 26% of cargo flown in 2018 has been made up of priority goods, such as fashion and electronic products.
Five percent of the cargo consists of specialist cargo that includes live animals or high-value artwork, while another 4% comprising of perishable produce and 3% of temperature controlled pharmaceuticals and lifesaving vaccines.