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I've flown directly over the north pole on a route from ATL to PEK (beijing). Here's a pic of the seatback flight map from a United 747, where I spent the entire flight with my face pressed to the window. Amazing scenery from Hudson Bay north through Baffin Island and on. It was July of 2008. When we crossed the pole (as indicated in the flight map) the ...
How close to the north pole do you want to be? Since it is just a where the Earth's axis of rotation meets its surface, you'd have to be pretty lucky to fly directly over it :) Besides, transcontinental flights usually try to take advantage of the jet stream, so I think you'd be better off renting your own plane and crew.
Building on @user34936's answer, it seems Condor's direct flight between Frankfurt-am-Main and Anchorage could fit the bill.
In order to fly over the north pole (or more broadly just the Arctic), you'd have to travel to a city that is approximately across the globe as then the shortest distance would go over the north pole. You can try out which cities satisfy this criterion with the distance tool of Google maps. One possible route is for instance from the Middle East to the ...
Volcano has raised new island far south of Japan It is just off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, which is also known as the Bonin Islands. Here is also an Youtube video
I am sure this varies by country, but I have a way to get you an estimate. It's a reasonable assumption that everyone who misses a flight just because they didn't make it to the airport in time is paged. I have heard such pages for my own flights and the flights around me. Not every flight involves these pages. At a rough guess I would say one in 20 does. ...
Some of the problems that airlines and manufacturers will face (just a guess): Where do passengers stow their luggage? making compartments for that will lead to less passenger capacity. Bunks, such as crew bunks are not certified for take offs and landings. Except for stretcher cases where patients have to be strapped by three belts. I do not think this is ...
Technically it's entirely possible, and airplane manufacturers release sketches like this regularly. There are three intertwingled main reasons why this hasn't (cough) taken off yet in practice: Airplanes have really tight regulatory safety requirements, including everybody on board being able to evacuate within a certain number of seconds, and this is ...
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