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Fun Fact Friday: 227,000 Tonnes of Cargo Through YVR in 2012

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.

227,000 tonnes
2 Fully-loaded Nimitz-class Aircraft Carriers
(More than 100,000 tonnes each)

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.

 227,000 tonnes

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
2,270 Blue Whales

(approximately 100 tonnes each)
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