A new study has revealed the power of flight, not just in getting people from A to B but by bringing them closer together, figuratively speaking.
In a recent study, banking group HSBC invented a nation called ‘Flyland’, which looked at commercial aviation as a new global economy.
Based on daily passenger flights, Flyland boasts a population of 11.9 million with a GDP of $400.5 billion, making it the 25th largest economy in the world. And like in any other nation, its citizens develop romances.
In Flyland, it is revealed that two couples fall in love on an average flight. This means, broadly speaking, that with an average 107,000 flights operating daily around the world, 214,000 couples (or nearly half a million people) every day are falling in love on planes. I don’t know if that’s bubbly talking, but that sounds like an awful lot of people.
More comprehendible is that almost half (47%) of all air travellers have started a conversation with a stranger next to them, and that one in eight (12%) of those dialogues have ended in a lasting friendship.
Another one in eight (13%) air travellers claimed to have made strong business connections on flights.
Overall, the citizens of Flyland are overwhelmingly positive about the affects of travel, from believing in understanding the world better (83%) to claiming to being more tolerant (67%) to being more patient (63%).
Flylanders also more feel more independent (77%) and more confident (73%) as a result of their air travels.