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All modern aircraft have to go through incredibly stringent safety checks and are essentially equally safe. Accidents are so rare that any apparent differences in aircraft safety are mostly meaningless statistical anomalies. Airfleets.net has a chart of accidents per aircraft type, but it's not easy to make any practical conclusions about it. For example, ...


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From Wikipedia (same article as your other question): Westray - Papa Westray (Loganair) flight number: LOG 313, 2.7km (1.7 miles) 02 min, aircraft: Britten-Norman Islander, first flight - 3 February 2004 It is obvious from that list that the best option is try searching near the islands. Second place is for the LI 507 (from St. ...


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I'd stump up Saudi Arabia as number one for a simple reason: it's the only country I know of which does not offer tourist visas, full stop. (They used to, with tight controls and for groups only, but apparently do not any more.) And unlike eg. Russia, you can't just ring up a hotel and get them to "invite" you into the country. Even getting a legitimate ...


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Probably Somalia. In 2010, there was a Canadian man who disembarked from his plane in Mogadishu claiming to be a tourist, and the officials were in such disbelief that Somalia had a tourist that they detained him and it made the news. An immigration official is quoted as saying that the Canadian was “the first person to come to Mogadishu only for tourism". ...


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This question is hard to answer, there are many types of crashes. If the plane stalled most likely it will fall down on its aft side. If the plane spins then god knows! and if the plane splits into pieces while air borne then no one is safe! Let's talk about normal crash landing where the pilot is forced to land the plane in a desert or a field or any ...


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Rather than viewing safety as being a function of the aircraft, it's much more accurate to say safety is a function of the airline. To provide perspective, AirDisaster provides a ranked statistical analysis of selected aircraft by fatal accidents (accurate to 2004, so it omits the more recent models). Even the Concorde, the worst ranked plane, had a fatal ...


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An important factor is that seats closer to an exit improve your chances after a crash landing, in case the plane catches fire (very common) or sinks underwater. Contradicting the Popular Mechanics study, the University of Greenwich found that A seat up to five rows from an exit offers a better than even chance of escaping if there's a fire, ...


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In history, there have only been two SSTs (Supersonic transports) around for passengers - the TU-144 and the Concorde. Sadly, neither is available any longer with access to fly on them. So then we look to the two major manufacturers with almost supersonic capabilities. Long considered the fastest passenger plane, the Boeing 747 has several variants, each ...


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For establishing such a list, one needs to identify the possible barriers that would make travel difficult. I can think of: Natural barriers, like in Antartica or Sahara. Political barriers, like in North Korea or Tibet. Cultural/Religious barriers, like in Amish communities or in Mecca. Financial barriers, like in Bhutan or Switzerland. Of course these ...


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Per your specifications, the fastest route "around the world" is Hong Kong-New York-Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, scheduled at 32 hours round-trip. Approximate routing: The flight is non-stop, so London/LHR and Narita/NRT are there only as (rough) route markers. While you'd think the route is a straight line (since it's just the "same flight" there and ...


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Firstly, it depends on the 'cable car' meaning - I take it you mean the ones hanging above the ground, instead of the San Francisco-style ones which were named one of the most dangerous forms of transportation around. So on to the type you're talking about. Safety regulations will surely differ in every country. However, since many are made in Switzerland ...


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The longest non-stop (by Wikipedia source) flight was Newark to Singapore on Singapore Airlines flight SQ21 which is and 18 hour 50 minute flight of some 15,345km. However, as of November 2013, Singapore Airlines has discontinued this route. However for single flight number, allowing stopover, Things are hard to research. Not many websites list tables of ...


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Ozbus offer a 29 week tour of South America, starting and finishing in Quito. http://www.oz-bus.com/oz-bus-south-america/oz-bus-south-america.aspx Update: Ozbus have sadly ceased trading as of april 2012


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A two-year tour of World Heritage sites (962 places) is now available, offered by a British luxury company. By the way, it costs about 1 million pounds. It claims to cover all the sites if they are safely accessible. The Daily Mail lists some of the stops.


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This Russian company offers a world-wide cruise for the 140 days, from New Zealand to Norway (being honest, there are no countries from both Americas :). There are over 100 cities in 31 countries being visited during this cruise. Places are from $77,270 to $261,070 per person, trip is being made on Seven Seas Voyager. I think search for another world-wide ...


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From Wikipedia: Newark - Singapore (Singapore Airlines) flight number: SQ 21, 15,345km (9,535 miles, 8,285 nautical miles) from 18 hr 40 min to 18 hr 50 min, aircraft: Airbus A340-500, first flight - 29 June 2004 Second place: Los Angeles - Singapore (Singapore Airlines) flight number: SQ 37, 14,114km (8,770 miles, 7,621 ...


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UKTOOZ appears to offer a 28 Week London to Sydney trip http://uktooz.com/ A 28 week in-depth overland expedition from London to Sydney visiting the highlights and natural wonders of over 23 countries including Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia!


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Sydney - London by bus was the longest i could think of, but it's only 92 days and crosses 18 countries.


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Would going on a cargo ship count as a tour? In that case there is a tour operator offering various tours, of which their offers on oceania, are quite long. One example being Rotterdam-Dunkerque-Le Havre-New York-Savannah-Kingston-Manzanillo-Panama Canal-Papeete-Laukota-Noumea-Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne-Tauranga-Napier-Panama ...


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The two best sources for this type of data are FlightAware and Flight Stats. Although these sites both get data from the FAA, I don't know that either would be considered "official". The nearest to official source would be the FAA data available at http://www.bts.gov/xml/ontimesummarystatistics/src/index.xml however this data is always several months behind ...


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North Korea. Very few people go there. There's only one offical tour company.


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There is a somewhat relevant list for that. I only found this PDF linked on from wikipedia with solid numbers, but they never show the raw data; a Top50 by arrivals or by tourist spending is all they offer. Another source for this data seems to be http://www.ipkinternational.com/ - but you have to purchase the records. Wolfram alpha has no data for this ...


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MadVenture Travel is now offering: LONDON TO SYDNEY OVERLAND (via Africa & central Asian silk road) which promises to be a 64 week, 61 country odyssey!! From their site: A 64 week in-depth overland expedition from London to Sydney travelling through Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and Australasia visiting highlights and natural ...


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This one is tricky... From what I have heard from latino-american friends, criminality rate in the rest of Latino-America is in general higher than in Cuba, probably because firearms are strictly and effectively forbiden by the government. HOWEVER! I would not recommend a foreigner to drive a car in Cuba. If you run into an accident and someone gets hurt, ...


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Since we don't really care about the mode of transportation: 143 nights: http://www.rssc.com/cruises/VOY121024H/Itinerary.aspx 115 nights: Silver Sea World Cruise 115 nights: Holland America World At one point there was a 335 night cruise but as far as I can tell that company is now out of business 2010. Had to add this Around the world by Freighters: ...


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G Adventures still has an 82 day trip.


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FlightStats has information going back several years. Their level of coverage is generally excellent, although it can vary a little depending on the airline/location. You will need to create a free account in order to view data more than a few days old. Specifically for your flight they don't have any specific information, only scheduled information that ...


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One day, while travelling online with google maps, I zoomed onto Ushuaia and got caught by a ship named Peace Boat. This ship takes passengers for cruises around the world that last about 100 days.


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Here it is: Papeete-Moorea: distance 18km, duration 15mn, operated by Air Tahiti. From Air Tahiti site (fr) (select "Tahiti" on "Ile de départ" and "Moorea" on "Ile d'arrivée"), there are several flights each day (VT266, VT240, VT444). But nothing can beat the Scottish 2.7km suggested by VMAtm!


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Wikipedia has a very cool list for such kind of questions. It is called the List of northernmost items. As you can see there, there are two possible candidates: Airport, permanent without scheduled flights: Alert Airport, Nunavut, Canada 82°31′04″N 062°16′50″W Airport, permanent with scheduled flights: Svalbard Longyear Airport, Svalbard, ...



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