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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. Kitts ...


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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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Geography Dubai is located rather conveniently between several large and important geographical regions: Africa has a population of 1.1 billion, Asia has 4.4 billion, Europe 745 million. Around 70% of travellers are connecting passengers at Emirates. Source Investment As others have pointed out, Emirates have invested heavily in economies of scale, i.e. ...


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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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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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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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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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This question is difficult to answer, there are many types of crashes. If the plane stalled most likely it will fall down on its tail. 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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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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The answer is: it depends on where you are, what aircraft you're flying on, how frequently you fly on them, and how often you stand next to tall objects in the middle of a field during thunderstorms (among other factors.) If you're talking about the recent average chance of dying in a plane crash on a U.S. mainline air carrier per year vs. the recent ...


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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 is Newark to Singapore on Singapore Airlines flight SQ21 which is and 18 hour 50 minute flight of some 15,345km. However for single flight number, allowing stopover, things are hard to research. Not many websites list tables of distances by flight number. So I resorted to thinking of a route and then looking ...


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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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Most of the busiest airports in the world are hubs (Atlanta, Heathrow, Frankfurt, to name a few). Emirates uses Dubai as their headquarters and is a major player in transferring traffic between Europe, Asia and Oceania. As it's their main hub, almost every long-haul flight (plus several in the area) transition through Dubai. As a result, lots of air/...


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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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There's much, much more information on momondo.com on flight insights as they call it. You enter the route and click on that option, they graphically tell you all about what weeks of the year it would be the cheapest to do that trip, what day of the week is cheapest on average, what time of the day they'd suggest flying, the alternative airports if ...


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There are many companies who keep track of statistics for flights and airports. Some of it is online and paying users often get more coverage in terms of historical data or more fine-grain details. You can check FlightStats which have tons of statistics. This page lists Airlines, Airport Arrival and Airport Departure delays. Another slightly harder website ...


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You can use Google Flights to perform such a search. By clicking on the date icon (departure or return date) and then on the histogram icon, you can see how the prices vary during the year:


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According to this ATAG report there were 37.4M commercial flights in 2014. There were 20 A1 accidents per Aviation Safety. So if you randomly pick a flight, your chances of boarding one which will get into a hull loss accident is one in two million. According to the NOAA between 1959-1994 on average 90 people were killed by lightning. The 1959 population of ...


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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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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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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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You can look it up! There are quite a few examples online Nationmaster has a collection of crime statistics for Cuba, and how it ranks with the rest of the world. For most violent crime (at time of writing) it's either about average (eg 47th out of 92 countries surveyed for homicide), or in the case of gun violence, slightly safer than 'average', ranking ...


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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 wonders ...


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This is Airbus A380, the biggest passenger airplane on the planet. Compare its size to the cars and trucks below the bridge. Depending on how the owner of the plane decides to configure the seats, one of these can fit up to 853 passengers, allthough most operators have settled for less. There are quite a few airlines all around the world flying the A380, ...


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


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Gunnar Garfors has been researching this question on his blog. He's found that the UNWTO, World Tourism Organization has a good overview of them. Essentially, in 2012, at the tail end of the tourism list is: Tuvalu - 1200 tourists Somalia - 500 tourists Nauru - 200 tourists Oddly, I tried to go to Nauru in 2006, but couldn't find flights that worked, so ...


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