Air Transport World

Our first 20 years. (Air Transport World magazine's 20th anniversary) (editorial)

This April issue of Air Transport World is the two-hundred and fortieth issue of the magazine completing our twentieth year of the publication. To celebrate the occasion we thought it would be interesting to go back 20 years to the time when ATW's founder and first editor and publisher, Joseph S. Murphy, published the first May issue reporting in the industry's progress for the preceding year, in this case 1963.

In that first issue ATW reported that the world's airlines (members of the International Civil Aviation Organization) generated about 90 billion revenue passenger-miles of traffic, or about 145 billion revenue passenger-kilometers. That is about the same as Pan American, TWA and United produced last year.

The world's airlines back in 1963 took in about $7 billion in total operating revenue, according to the ICAO figures published in ATW. That's about the same as the revenue generated in 1982 by just Pan American and Delta. The industry has come a long way in the last 20 years. The world's airlines should show a total of about 1.2 trillion RPKs for 1983 when the final figures are in, giving the industry a seven fold increase over their 1963 passenger business. …

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