Infographic: Exactly who and what is on your BA flight? These 7 000 items, that's what!

2018-08-14 19:00 - Saara Mowlana
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Discover some of the 7k other items are on board with you! (Photo: iStock)

Have you ever found yourself with your head in the clouds while up in the clouds?

Having brain storm after brain storm about just what all - aside from people and baggage - could possibly this bouyant ship of the sky?

Well, we are here to set your jetting mind at ease and let you in on everything that's likely to be travelling with you from point A to B - and maybe even C.

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You might be surprised to find out that along with you and your fellow passengers, there are 7 000 other items stowed on board!

According to a British Airways press statement, you're likely to find the a range of items that serve a purpose to cater to you as well as cargo all comfortably packed in the plane while aboard their aircraft.

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Many of these items have to be off-loaded and re-loaded between flights.

They used data garnered from their Boeing 747 aircraft operating from Heathrow to JFK to produce this long-haul-awaited list.

Check out the infographic below:

british airways on board items

(Infographic: Supplied) 

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The catering items include:

  • Up to 800 items of bedding - including the new Club World White Company bedding, which has been introduced as part of BA's £600 million (about R10.8 bn @R18.01/£) investment in its long-haul business class
  • 798 glasses
  • 350 bags of pretzels
  • 293 headrest covers
  • 282 blankets
  • 101 full bottles and 388 quarter bottles of wine
  • 78 toilet rolls
  • 5 first aid kits

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Physical cargo items include:

When it comes to cargo, they found that nearly half of their passengers - 47% - travel solo and over a quarter -27% - travel as a pair. This leads to more baggage - potentially of both the physical and emotional variety.

The study also found that about 70% of their passengers travel for leisure, while 28% were found travelling for business.

26% of the cargo goods were found to be made up of priority goods, such as:

  • fashion goods
  • the latest in glittering smartphones, tablets or devices

5% was found to be made up of specialist cargo, like:

  • live animals
  • high-value artwork

4% was discovered to be comprised of perishable products, namely:

  • fruit and vegs - like fresh raspberries from Kenya or lettuces from the US

and 3% of the cargo was found to consist of:

  • temperature controlled pharmaceuticals and
  • lifesaving vaccines 

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Some of the most... interesting shipments BA found included Cognac from Bordeaux to Kuala Lumpur, 'emergency lettuce' that was being sent from Los Angeles in response to the UK’s heatwave vegetable shortage and royal wedding special magazines trekking from the UK to the US.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways' Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said, "Many of our customers are curious about flying and want to know who or what else is on their aircraft. With more than 800 flights each day all over the world it takes a lot of planning, from loading cargo to wine, to toilet rolls, and first aid kits."

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Investment promising new additions to BA flights:

Some new ideas in the works for the airline that passengers can expect on board when travelling in First class and Club World include new champagnes and English sparkling wines 

These fall as part of the airline's £4.5 bn (about R81 bn) investment for customers over the next five years.

The investment is also driving the following:

  • the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat,
  • the fitting of 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and
  • the delivery of 72 new aircraft

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