100 Years of Commercial Aviation

100 Years of Commercial Aviation

In 2014, we mark 100 years of commercial aviation in the United States. In celebration, we at Mercy Jets would like to give a nod to the first men to establish a running commercial route in the U.S.

It was January 1, 1914, when a crowd of nearly 3,000 people gathered in Florida to watch Percival Fansler, the orchestrator of the new Tampa Airboat Line conducting passengers to and from St. Petersburg, as he proclaimed, “What was impossible yesterday is an accomplishment today, while tomorrow heralds the unbelievable.”

That day went down in aviation history as pilot Antony Habersack Jannus and his passenger Abram C. Pheil, then mayor of St. Petersburg, successfully completed the first scheduled commercial aviation flight. Pheil paid $400 at an auction for the privilege of being the first commercial passenger in U.S. aviation history.

Antony Habersack Jannus, pilot, and St. Petersburg Mayor Abram C. Pheil, passenger, stand next to the plane before the first scheduled airline flight in history, January 1, 1914.

Antony Habersack Jannus, pilot, and St. Petersburg Mayor Abram C. Pheil, passenger, stand next to the plane before the first scheduled airline flight in history, January 1, 1914.

Before the flight, Fansler told the St. Petersburg Times, “The St. Petersburg waterfront is an ideal place for starting and landing, as the trip to and from Tampa will be one of the most beautiful in the country.”

Fansler reported the flight would skim the surface of the water, allowing Pheil and the crew to experience, “the rush of the cool salt air and the shimmering sunlight on Tampa Bay.”

With it’s successful landing, the flight stimulated an immediate response from the public. Flights were scheduled between the two cities every day but Sundays, for $5 per person, putting into motion the commercial aviation industry.

What began humbly with a few, industrious dreamers is now the single, most-utilized commercial transportation service, worldwide. The multinational enterprise brings in more than $640 billion a year and saw more than 3 billion people board a plane in 2013, according to Air Transport Action Group.

In 2014, we celebrate 100 years of the “impossible,” and the centennial of an industry that has changed the way we view the world. The birth of commercial aviation has connected people around the globe, allowed for the exploration of dissimilar cultures, expanded innovation and industry, and created countless new connections between people around the world since its beginning.

60 Seconds in Aviation

Infographic by ATAG.org

Infographic by ATAG.org

It’s a little heady contemplating everything that happens in aviation in a year, a month, a week, even a day. We’ll make it a little simpler and share what happens in an average 60 second period in aviation, according to an infographic by ATAG.

  • More than 2,025 meals are produced.
  • 5,707 passengers are boarding aircrafts around the world.
  • 52 aircrafts are taking off.
  • $12.1 million worth of world trade is carried.
  • Within 60 seconds, all the aircrafts currently in the sky will cover a combined distance that is equal to two full times around the earth.

Just think what the next 100 years might bring.

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