Here are some stories that caught my eye this week that I found to be interesting enough to share and pass on to you all. Find out which airline route is the $1 billion airline route, how the USPS made a mistake with the Statute of Liberty that cost them $3.5 million and how many miles Joey Chestnut would need to run to run off those 74 hot dogs he ate on July 4th!
$1 Billion Airline Route
OAG did their review of airline routes and the money on those routes and they revealed the single route that brings in $1 billion! That route is JFK-LHR and that is operated by British Airways. According to the OAG report, that single route accounts for 6% of BA’s revenue! The data takes the year from April 2017 to March of 2018.
The top ten list includes Qantas Airways at $854 million for their Sydney to Melbourne route, good enough for second place. There are two US airlines on the list with American airlines taking 5th place with their Los Angeles to JFK route which brings in $698 million and United Airlines with their San Francisco to Newark route that brings in $687 million for 6th place.
An interesting thing to note is that, of the top ten revenue routes, 5 of the routes have London Heathrow as one of the termination points, but with various airlines.
The USPS $3.5 Million Mistake
How about this one? Remember back when the USPS has their forever stamp with Lady Liberty? Well, it turns out that when the USPS searched for an image, they didn’t even know that the one they chose was of the Statute of Liberty – at the New York, New York hotel and casino in Las Vegas! That’s right, they didn’t even know the difference!
Well, the sculptor filed suit in 2013 and won $3.5 million in damages for not being paid for the use of his creation. Oops.
Joey Chestnut – How Many Miles Would He Need to Run?
Part of the July 4th celebration, for better or worse, is the iconic Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Joey Chestnut is a world champion eater and has claimed the title for the most hot dogs eaten at this contest many times. This year, he set a record consuming 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes!
Yeah, I like hot dogs but I cannot image doing that! Now, let’s talk calories! Runner’s World did a nice write-up on breaking it all down, especially since Joey says running his 10 miles per week is something he says helps him with his eating contests.
They figured he consumed a total of 22,000 calories – in 10 minutes! Based on his weight and a suggested pace, he would need to run 127 miles to combat those calories!