The first passenger and overseas flights

The first passenger flights

Smilo Im CockpitAt the time, flying was a rather windy affair. Imagine this: passengers could only travel in open planes! Only when the German aircraft manufacturer Junkers developed an aircraft with a closed passenger cabin in 1919 did flying become more comfortable, and the first scheduled flights also took place.

The first overseas flights

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris in 33 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds. He had four sandwiches and a bottle of water on board as his in-flight catering. His Atlantic crossing was a great achievement at the time.

In 1938, a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 was the first land plane to cross the North Atlantic. The machine took almost 25 hours to travel from Berlin to New York. However, there was no scheduled passenger air traffic across the North Atlantic before 1945.

Today, a flight from Berlin to New York City takes about 8.5 hours – a trip by ship, on the other hand, takes a week.

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