Small World, Big Future

January 1st 1914 marked an event that would change the world – the first ever scheduled flight with a paying passenger. Throughout 2014, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of that landmark moment, come and join the conversation about what needs to happen to make the next 100 years even more momentous.

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First commercial flight
1914
First commercial flight
KLM operated its first flight
1919
KLM operated its first flight
Air travel used to conduct Government business for the first time
1922
Air travel used to conduct Government business for the first time
First global agreement governing aviation signed
1929
First global agreement governing aviation signed
​First Trans-Pacific Clipper flight
1935
​First Trans-Pacific Clipper flight
“Plane that changed the world” entered service
1936
“Plane that changed the world” entered service
American Airlines opened the first ever airport lounge
1939
American Airlines opened the first ever airport lounge
Chicago Convention signed
1944
Chicago Convention signed
​IATA founded and first Springbok Service
1945
​IATA founded and first Springbok Service
First Kangaroo route
1947
First Kangaroo route
​First commercial jet flight
1952
​First commercial jet flight
First jet bridge
1959
First jet bridge
TWA first carrier to use Inflight Motion Pictures
1961
TWA first carrier to use Inflight Motion Pictures
The Beatles arrived at JFK
1964
The Beatles arrived at JFK
​Boeing 747 entered service
1970
​Boeing 747 entered service
​First 'low cost' carrier
1971
​First 'low cost' carrier
​First neutral paper ticket & Treasures of Tutankhamun tour
1972
​First neutral paper ticket & Treasures of Tutankhamun tour
First Concorde flight
1976
First Concorde flight
US Airline Deregulation Act
1978
US Airline Deregulation Act
American Airlines AAdvantage began
1981
American Airlines AAdvantage began
​KLM-Northwest Airlines Wings Alliance
1989
​KLM-Northwest Airlines Wings Alliance
​First Open Skies Agreement
1992
​First Open Skies Agreement
Star Alliance founded
1997
Star Alliance founded
Cathay Pacific first Transpolar flight
1998
Cathay Pacific first Transpolar flight
Tsunami aid & new non-stop flight routes
2004
Tsunami aid & new non-stop flight routes
​100% electronic ticketing
2008
​100% electronic ticketing
Safety audit mandated for IATA members
2009
Safety audit mandated for IATA members
​First commercial biofuel flight
2011
​First commercial biofuel flight
​Airbus A350 due to enter service
2014
​Airbus A350 due to enter service
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