Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Flight

by Rosemarie John on October 3, 2014


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One hundred years ago on 1 January 1914, four men made the first scheduled commercial airline flight possible:

  • Percival Fansler organised the funding for the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line which provided the first scheduled air service across Tampa Bay, Florida.
  • Thomas Benoist’s airboat conducted the first flight, piloted by Tony Jannus.
  • Abram Pheil, then mayor of St. Petersburg, paid $400 at auction for the 23-minute flight.

That 23-minute journey marked the birth of the global airline industry! Today, air travel means a whole load of things to different people. It reunites loved ones, it connects cultures, it opens markets, it expands minds and much more.

But to me, air travel means adventure! Every time I board a flight I am excited. Whether it is to see my parents or to see a new city, I am thrilled. My adventure begins the minute I hear the boarding announcement, get seated, fasten my seat belt and soar into the skies!

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