The other day I was preparing my contribution on the AK value of the month (see here) where I posted some data regarding the business trips AK people have done over the last year.
With AK having a great R&D profile and being involved in a number of projects, it is this type of work that requires a lot of travels in order to attend project meetings, workshops, conferences and other events. Off course with each event being very different, the trips are distributed among many of AK people.
When I first had the idea of trying to capture the trips AK people had done over the past year, I didn’t expected to be so amazed by the results. With my initial idea being just to visualize all trips in a map, I came across the openflights.org site where I could easily enter my data, visualize the results in the map and also get very interesting statistics. Unfortunately, since the data where not in a format where I could just upload them, I had to manually enter all values. I have to say that due to the limited time I could spent in such an exercise, in most cases I have only uploaded the overall flight paths without the, more than usual, in between transit stops, so the actual numbers are even higher.
So talking about numbers:
During 2013, AK people had to do more 150,445 miles with an airplane. That is, in other words, going around the word 6.04 times, or (as I prefer better) flighting more than half way to the moon (63% of the distance) and just 0.43% of the distance to Mars.
We have traveled to more than 18 countries and visited 32 airports (and yes many times, our mobiles and laptops recongize and enter automatically the wifi network of some airports).
Overall, last year, we spent 15 days, 7 hours and 31 minutes flying, which is 367 hours and 31 minutes or 22,051 minutes in the air.
I find the above numbers amazing! There are a lot of times that we discuss in the office about the trips and time we spend traveling and about times when the office looks empty (see here or here), but looking at the actual numbers is at least astonishing.
I would like to come back to this with next years stats.
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