Nearly 500 meal trays, 78 toilet rolls and 319 sick bags (plus emergency lettuces for the UK from LA): The items loaded onto British Airways 747s revealed

British Airways 747s

A Boeing 747 is a gigantic jetliner – and British Airways has underscored this by detailing some of the 7,000 items it loads onto one for journeys between Heathrow and JFK.

Using a fascinating infographic, it reveals that 493 meal trays, 78 toilet rolls and 319 sick bags all go on board.

So too do 101 full bottles of wine and 388 quarter bottles of wine, served in 798 glasses.

There are snacks, too – 350 bags of pretzels. And soft drinks – 473 cans of Coke.

For passengers’ comfort 293 headrest covers are packed on board as well as 282 blankets, which are part of the 800 items of bedding.

Passengers will also have access to five first aid kits, all stowed in the cabins.

Meanwhile in the cargo hold below, British Airways 747 flights carry a range of items for sister company IAG Cargo.

So far in 2018, 26 per cent of cargo flying in the hold has been made up of priority goods such as fashion products or the latest smartphones or tablets.

Five per cent of the cargo were specialist items such as live animals or high value artwork, and four per cent has been perishable produce such as raspberries from Kenya or lettuces from the US.

A further three per cent of the cargo was temperature controlled pharmaceuticals and lifesaving vaccines.

Some of the year’s most interesting shipments includes Cognac from Bordeaux to Kuala Lumpur, emergency lettuce from Los Angeles in response to the UK’s heatwave vegetable shortage and royal wedding special magazines from the UK to the US.

In addition, BA also looked at the profile of its passengers and how often they fly.

The study found that in an average year, one in two (47 per cent) are solo travellers, while 27 per cent travel as a pair.

Around 70 per cent are travelling for leisure, while 28 per cent are flying for business.

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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