100 years of commercial air travel

The first commercial flight in history took place on January 1, 1914, when Tony Jannus piloted a two-seat Benoist XIV from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Tampa, Florida. Jannus and his lone passenger, former St. Petersburg mayor Abram Pheil, traveled 21 miles in 23 minutes. Pheil bid $400 to be the passenger.

The first commercial flight in history took place on January 1, 1914, when Tony Jannus piloted a two-seat Benoist XIV from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Tampa, Florida. Jannus and his lone passenger, former St. Petersburg mayor Abram Pheil, traveled 21 miles in 23 minutes. Pheil bid $400 to be the passenger.