Santa's route calculated by Lufthansa Systems

Many of you may be wondering how Santa Claus manages to deliver billions of gifts on time. Lufthansa Systems comes with data relevant to calculate the optimal route that Santa Claus will fly around the world.

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To be sure that the old man with the white beard and the red suit will be able to deliver all the gifts on time, a team of experts from Lufthansa Systems worked with representatives of the MATHEON Research Center and the Konrad Zuse Berlin Institute to calculate the shortest. and optimal route around the Earth.

Santa's route

The team discovered that Santa needs about 406 hours, the equivalent of about 17 days, to reach every good child in the world. In this way, Santa must cross 365 174 kilometers, 9 or the circumference of the Earth.

The optimal flight route takes you from the North Pole through Europe and the Middle East to Russia, then to Asia and back to Africa. Sania crosses North and South America, stopping in Hawaii before heading to Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Santa's return includes another one or two stops in Asia, the Arabian peninsula and Europe, before you can enjoy a well-deserved rest at the North Pole.

1305 of destinations are served by Santa Claus

And yet how is it possible for Santa to cross this route one day? Well, by its power to stop time. The team concluded that there will be no problems in the delivery of the gifts and all kind children will receive them for Christmas.

In order to optimize a flight, the shortest connection between two points, flight times, aircraft type, fuel consumption and weather are taken into account.


It seems to be a twisted route, but Lufthansa Systems specialists assure us that it is very well made and optimized.

The calculation for this project is based on the following simplified assumptions: the route starts at the North Pole and includes 1 305 from destinations around the world. To save time, Santa does not land on the route. Instead, he throws presents from his enchanted sled, and distributes his help.

Santa Claus is flying at a constant speed of 900 km / h, at an average altitude of 10 000 meters. Santa Claus stops the time to complete the trip on time, which means that the weather conditions remain constant. Considering that Santa's bag contains so many gifts, its weight was not taken into account. And obviously, the taxes for the supercharge were not calculated.

The idea that Santa's sleigh was flying on the existing airline network was taken into account. This global network has approximately 300 000 of routes in each of the approximately 30 of allowed altitudes.

Lufthansa Systems

Lufthansa Systems contributed relevant airline network data, plus additional information on aircraft performance. Flight planning experts are well acquainted with these criteria.

About 120 of airlines with a total of over 6 000 of aircraft worldwide use Lufthansa Systems' Lido / Flight 4D flight planning solution. This system has been successful in over 20 years of activity and has a market share of 45% only in Europe.

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