Online booking has undoubtedly changed the way we travel for the better, as holidaymakers worldwide can pick and choose their flight times, dictate their preferred duration, select from a variety of worldwide departure airports and also decide with which carrier they make their journey. Through special deals on the TravelPixel site, you can also find additional incentives to book online with loyalty programmes, regular discounts, pre-bookable extras and online check-in options.
From a history that spans almost 2,000 years; the world of aviation saw many attempts at getting off the ground before the Wright Brothers claimed the first official sustained flight. Since then, the skies have welcomed a variety of aircraft from gliders and helicopters to space rockets and supersonic jets. While moneyed travellers braved the passenger options of hydrogen balloons from the Zeppelin Corporation in 1910; vast advancements in plane technology opened up the possibilities of broader air travel. It was 1914 that saw US pilot Tony Jannus conduct the first commercial plane flight on the St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line and then increasing the realms of reach; Alcock and Brown made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919. Just a few months later, British company Aircraft Transport and Travel made the first commercial European flight - albeit with only 1 passenger! Others quickly saw the potential and the likes of Boeing introduced a variety of commercial passenger aircraft such as the small 707 for short distance and the famed 747, which is widely known as the Jumbo Jet, for long haul destinations.
Now, air travel literally reaches every island and city of the world and includes some of the most popular locations for short leisure and business breaks, plus major coastal holiday resorts on every single continent. These are delivered from budget low-cost airlines such as Monarch and Thomas Cook between the UK to Europe or the jumbo jets and airbuses landing in exotic long haul locations from British Airways, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic.