Our Annual and Sustainability Report
was released yesterday and it is filled with tons of interesting information about Vancouver International Airport. On top of Environment Reports, Economic Reports, Sustainability Reports and a whole host of other reports, one fun fact jumped out at me again regarding the amount of cargo that travelled through YVR in 2012. The number is staggering: 227,000 tonnes. I had a hard time wrappng my brain around it when I first heard it so I created a handy visual guide to help understand just how heavy 227,000 tonnes is.
Does that really help though? Aircraft carriers are still too gigantic to fathom. Let's try something a little more manageable. How about a 747? Most of us have been on one of those or at least seen one in person.
2 Fully-loaded Nimitz-class Aircraft Carriers
(More than 100,000 tonnes each)
520 Fully-loaded Boeing 747 Aircraft
(approximately 435 tonnes each)
Let's go smaller. How about a blue whale? Blue whales are the largest living creatures on the planet but still weigh about 1/4 of a 747.
227,000 tonnes (approximately 100 tonnes each)
2,270 Blue Whales