Top 7 Oil Producers

Since last month we all follow what happened in Egypt, ending last week with the resignation of Hosni Mubarak as president of the Country for the last 30 years. Unfortunately, one of the first consequences of these type of acts is the rise of oil prices, in this case because Egypt is strategically located close to the top oil producing countries. This brought me an opportunity to work in a post regarding the top oil producers. After I started this investigation, the information I found was very interesting because there is a slight difference in the raking for the Largest Oil Producing Countries and the  Countries With Largest Oil Reserves,  and I also found interesting the ranking about the oil consumption, so for this post I will try to show the most accurate information I found about these rankings. Measures are made by bbl (oil barrel= 42 US gallons; 158.9873 l):

1. Russia

Production: 10 120 000 bbl/day (2010)

Oil reserves: 60 000 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 8

Reserve life (years): 17 (reserve to production ratio)

Consumption: 2 916 000 bbl/day

Ranking: 5

Population: 140 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 7.6

2. Saudi Arabia

Production: 9 764 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 266 800 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 1

Reserve life (years): 127.5

Consumption: 2 376 000 bbl/day

Ranking: 8

Population: 25 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 33.7

3. United States of America

Production: 9 056 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 21 000 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 12

Reserve life (years): 8

Consumption: 19 497 950 00 bbl/day

Ranking: 1

Population: 314 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 22.6

4. Iran

Production: 4 172 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 138 000 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking:  4

Reserve life (years): 95

Consumption: 1 741 000 bbl/day

Ranking: 13

Population: 74 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 8.6

5. China

Production: 3 991 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 16 000 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 13

Reserve life (years): 11

Consumption: 7 831 000 bbl/day

Ranking: 2

Population: 1 345 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 2.1

6. Canada

Production: 3 289 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 179 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 3

Reserve life (years): 188

Consumption: 2 261 360 000 bbl/day

Population: 33 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 24.6

7. Mexico

Production: 3 001 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 12 000 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 17

Reserve life (years): 9

Population: 109 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 7.1

Source: CIA, Wikipedia, Aneki
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Top 7 Busiest Passenger Air Routes

Now that we finally started a new topic with some information about airports and airlines (Top 7 Busiest Airports in 2010, Top 7 Best Airports in 2010 and Top 7 World Largest Airlines in 2010), it is now time to check which are the Top 7 Busiest Passenger Air Routes by number of seats flown per month. It is interesting to see that all the routes included in this Top 7 List (considering Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China), are domestic. Other interesting fact about this post is that there is one airport that is common to three routes:

1. Japan

Airport 1: Tokyo International Airport (pictured)

Airport 2: Sapporo-New Chitose Airport

Seats: 1 253 220

Airlines serving: Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Air Do

2. South Korea

Airport 1: Seoul-Gimpo Airport (pictured)

Airport 2: Jeju International Airport

Seats: 848 151

Airlines serving: Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air

3. Japan

Airport 1: Tokyo International Airport

Airport 2: Fukuoka Airport (pictured)

Seats: 811 521

Airlines serving: All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines

4. Australia

Airport 1: Sidney Airport (pictured)

Airport 2: Melbourne Airport

Seats: 780 932

Airlines serving: Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Tiger Airways Australia, Virgin Blue

5. China

Airport 1: Beijing Capital International Airport (pictured)

Airport 2: Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Seats: 689 287

Airlines serving: Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines

6. China

Airport 1: Hong Kong International Airport (pictured)

Airport 2: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

Seats: 680 915

Airlines serving: Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air, Hong Kong Airlines

7. Japan

Airport 1: Tokyo International Airport

Airport 2: Naha Airport (pictured)

Seats: 659 166

Airlines serving: All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Japan Transocean Air

Source: Wikipedia

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Top 7 Largest Cities (By Population)

Considering the amount of “different” information about this subject, this is probably (so far) the post that took me more time to put together valuable and reliable information. Finally here we can check the Top 7 Largest Cities in the World.

Each of the places in this list can be called “Megacity” which, by definition, is a recognized metropolitan area with a total population in excess of 10 million people. Some definitions also set a minimum level for population density (at least 2,000 persons/square km). A megacity can be a single metropolitan area or two or more metropolitan areas that converge upon one another. All population figures for the world’s largest urban areas are simply estimates. There’s no way to know the exact population of such a large place, but this is one of the most accurate estimate that we found:

7. New York

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English name: New York

Country: United States of America

Population: 22 200 000 people

City population: 8 143 197 people (*)

Area: 11 264 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Newark, Paterson. Considered one of the Top 7 Most Visited Cities in the World; also has one of the Top 7 Most Expensive Hotel Rooms

Official Website: http://www.nycgo.com/

(*) According to United Nations

6. Ciudad de México

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English name: Mexico City

Country: Mexico

Population: 22 800 000 people

City population: 18 204 964 people (*)

Area: 2 137 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Nezahualcóyotl, Ecatepec, Naucalpan

Official Website: http://www.mexicocity.gob.mx/

5. Mumbai

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English name: Bombay

Country: India

Population: 23 300 000 people

City population: 11 914 398 people (*)

Area: 777 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Ulhasnagar

Official Website: http://www.mcgm.gov.in/

4. Delhi

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English name: Delhi

Country: India

Population: 23 900 000 people

City population:  9 817 439 people (*)

Area: 1 425 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Faridabad, Ghaziabad

Official Website: http://delhigovt.nic.in/index.asp

3. Seoul

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English name: Seoul

Country: South Korea

Population: 24 500 000 people

City population: 9 895 217 people (*)

Area: 1 943 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Bucheon, Goyang, Incheon, Seongnam, Suweon. The city is served by one of the Top 7 Best Airports in 2010

Official Website: http://english.seoul.go.kr/

2. Guangzhou

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English name: Canton

Country: China

Population: 24 900 000 people

City population: 8 524 826 people (*)

Area: 2 590 sq km

Remarks: Northern Pearl River Delta including Dongguan, Foshan, Jiangmen, Zhongshan

Official Website: http://english.gz.gov.cn/

1. Tokyo

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English name: Tokio

Country: Japan

Population: 34 200 000 people

City population: 8 489 653 people (*)

Area: 7 835 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Yokohama, Kawasaki, Saitama. This city is served by one of the Top 7 Busiest Airports in 2010. Also has one of the Top 7 Most Exclusives Neighborhoods in the World and is considered # 1 in our Top 7 Most Expensive Cities in the World in 2010

Official Website: http://tcvb.or.jp/en/

Source: citypopulation.de, nationsonline.org, about.com, mongabay.com,
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Top 7 World Largest Airlines in 2010

Following the line of the airports we’ve posted (Top 7 Busiest Airports in 2010 and Top 7 Best Airports in 2010), we should ask ourselves: what is an airport without an airplane? This brings us an opportunity to talk about airplanes and airlines, and for sure the best way to start talking about this subject is to check the Top 7 Largest Airlines.

You might be tempted to think of the biggest airline as the one with the most aircraft, but capacity differences make this reasoning specious. American Eagle, for instance, has more planes than JAL, Qantas or All Nippon, but is nowhere close when it comes to passengers or RPKs (Revenue Passenger Kilometer), which will be the metric we will use in our list. To explain this better, check this example: one passenger traveling one kilometer equals one RPK. In other words, flying a hundred people from Cape Town to London outscores flying them from Dallas to Phoenix. Except, running Dallas to Phoenix 12 times a day can make up the difference. Thus RPKs account for customer volume, frequency of flights and distances flown:

1. Delta Air Lines

Amount of Passengers: 162 614 714

Main Hub: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (#1 in our Top7 Busiest Airports in 2010)

Headquarter: Atlanta, USA

Fleet size: 726

Ranking by fleet size: 1

Number of destinations: 358

Ranking by number of destinations: 1

2. United Airlines

Amount of Passengers: 145 550 000

Main Hub: O’Hare International Airport

Headquarter: Chicago, USA

Fleet size: 710

Ranking by fleet size: 3

Number of destinations: 230

Ranking by number of destinations: 5

3. Southwest Airlines

Amount of Passengers: 130 948 747

Main Hub: point-to-point transit

Headquarter: Dallas, USA

Fleet size: 550

Ranking by fleet size: 6

Number of destinations: 72

Ranking by number of destinations: no rank (*)

4. American Airlines

Amount of Passengers: 105 163 576

Main Hub: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Headquarter: Dallas – Forth Worth, USA

Fleet size: 625

Ranking by fleet size: 4

Number of destinations: 250

Ranking by number of destinations: 3

5. Lufthansa

Amount of Passengers: 90 173 000

Main Hub: Flughafen Frankfurt am Main

Headquarter: Frankfurt, Germany

Fleet size: 722

Ranking by fleet size: 2

Number of destinations: 202

Ranking by number of destinations: 6

6. China Southern Airlines

Amount of Passengers: 76 500 000

Main Hub: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Headquarter: Guangzhou, China

Fleet size: 340

Ranking by fleet size: 8

Number of destinations: 121

Ranking by number of destinations: 20

7. Ryanair

Amount of Passengers: 72 719 666

Main Hub: Dublin Airport

Headquarter: Dublin, Ireland

Fleet size: 251

Ranking by fleet size: 14

Number of destinations: 153

Ranking by number of destinations: 14

(*) Ranking available only for airlines with 100 or more destinations

Source: Wikipedia, salon.com, nationsonline.org,
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Top 7 Most Powerful People in the World in 2010

We already made post for the Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010 and Top 7 Celebrities in 2010, but sometimes being rich and known is not enough to be powerful. Taking this into consideration, you may believe that Barack Obama would be the most powerful person in the world in 2010, but you’ve better check the Top 7 Most Powerful People in 2010:

1.Hu Jintao

Age: 68

Title: President

Organization: People’s Republic of China

Residence: Beijing, China

Country of citizenship: China

Marital Status: Married

Paramount political leader of more people than anyone else on the planet; exercises near dictatorial control over 1.3 billion people, one-fifth of world’s population. Unlike Western counterparts, Hu can divert rivers, build cities, jail dissidents and censor Internet without meddling from pesky bureaucrats, courts. Recently surpassed Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy both in absolute and purchasing power terms. Credible estimates have China poised to overtake U.S. as world’s largest economy in 25 years–although, crucially, not on a per-capita basis. Creditor nation oversees world’s largest reserves at $2.65 trillion–$1.5 trillion of which is in U.S. dollar holdings. Refuses to kowtow to U.S. pressure to change its exchange-rate regime. Heads world’s largest army (in size). His handpicked successor, Xi Jinping, set to assume the presidency in 2012.

2.Barack Obama

Age: 49

Title: President

Organization: United States of America

Residence: Washington, DC

Country of citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

Obama’s Democrats suffered a mighty blow in U.S. midterm elections, with the president decisively losing support of the House of Representatives, and barely holding onto the Senate. It’s quite a come-down for last year’s most powerful person, who after enacting widespread reforms in his first two years in office will be hard-pressed to implement his agenda in the next two. He can take comfort in the fact that he remains commander-in-chief of world’s largest, deadliest military, leader of world’s largest (in spending) and most dynamic economy and holds the unofficial title of “Leader of the Free World.”

3. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud

Age: 86

Title: King

Organization: Saudi Arabia

Residence: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Country of citizenship: Saudi Arabia

Marital Status: Married

Absolute ruler of desert kingdom that contains the world’s largest crude oil reserves, two holiest sites in Islam. State-owned oil producer Saudi Aramco has reserves of 266 billion barrels, or one-fifth of planet’s known supply (worth $22 trillion at today’s oil prices). Pushing for gradual social and legal reforms, while maintaining good relations with deeply conservative religious establishment. Ultimate succession unclear: 86-year-old king’s official heir is 82-year-old Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Established committee of senior princes to ensure smooth transition in the event both become incapacitated.

4. Vladimir Putin

Age: 58

Title: Prime Minister

Organization: Russia

Residence: Moscow, Russia

Country of citizenship: Russia

Marital Status: Married

Prime Minister still more powerful than his handpicked head-of-state, President Dmitry Medvedev. Former KGB officer will likely replace protégé in 2012. In the meantime, has final say over one-ninth of Earth’s land area, vast energy and mineral resources. Declared nuclear power has veto on U.N.’s Security Council. Russian government agency reported to have already registered web address Putin-2012.rf. On running again: “The president of the United States, Roosevelt, was elected four times in a row because it did not contradict the American Constitution” (September 201o).

5. Pope Benedict XVI

Age: 83

Title: Pope

Organization: Roman Catholic Church

Residence: Vatican City

Country of citizenship: Germany

Marital Status: Single

Highest earthly authority for 1.1 billion souls, or one-sixth of world’s population. Staunch traditionalist deplores secularism, consumerism and moral relativism, unbending on birth control, gay marriage and ordination of female priests. Despite major gaffes (including lifting the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying Bishop and quoting a 14th-century source that declared the only new things the prophet Mohammed brought were “evil and inhuman”), appears genuinely interested in healing old wounds. In September, not only became the first Pope to visit Westminster Abbey since the Protestant Reformation, but also shook hands with a clergywoman (another first). Widening sexual abuse scandal could undermine moral authority, but increasingly willing to tackle issue head on: “Forgiveness does not substitute for justice.” Stylish: Has brought back traditional red, custom-made “pope shoes” and old-school Ecclesiastical headgear.

6. Angela Merkel

Age: 56

Title: Chancellor

Organization: Germany

Residence: Berlin, Germany

Country of citizenship: Germany

Marital Status: Married

Most powerful woman on the planet. Chancellor of Germany oversees Europe’s largest economy. Renowned free-market champion and favorite of big business, boasts nine public companies with annual sales in excess of $70 billion. In all, there are 57 German companies on the Forbes Global 2000 ranking of the world’s largest public companies, with aggregate sales of $1.7 trillion.

7. David Cameron

Age: 44

Title: Prime Minister

Organization: United Kingdom

Residence: London, United Kingdom

Country of citizenship: United Kingdom

Marital Status: Married

Youngest British prime minister in 198 years is product of privilege: Eton, Brasenose College, Oxford; is descended (illegitimately) from King William IV. Hailed by some as the second coming of Margaret Thatcher, Cameron shares the Iron Lady’s determination to slash government expenditures (defense, higher education), but as the leader of a coalition government he can ill-afford to repeat her brash divisiveness.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Best Airports in 2010

Last month we published the Top 7 Busiest Airports in 2010. This brought me the opportunity to dig a little bit more about the airport world, making me curious about which are the best airports. After investigating from different sources, we came with the list for the Top 7 Best Airports in 2010:

1. Singapore Changi Airport

Yearly passengers: 37 203 978

Last year’s rank: 3

Special awards: Best Airport Leisure Amenities (#1), Best Airport Immigration Service (#3), Best Airport Shopping (#3), Best International Transit Airport (#2), and Best Airport Dining (#2)

Why it’s awesome: Changi takes passengers to over 200 destinations on more than 90 international airlines and handles about 5 000 arrivals and departures each week. The airport is also home to a nature trail, fitness center, swimming pool, and Singapore’s tallest slide.

With over 40 000 square meters of commercial space, Changi Airport also has Singapore’s largest shopping location.

2. Incheon International Airport

Yearly passengers: 18 767 419

Last year’s rank: 1

Other awards: Best International Transit Airport (#1), Asia Airport Staff Excellence (#1), Best Airport Leisure Amenities (#2), Best Airport Security Processing (#2), Best Airport Cleanliness (#2), and Best Airport Washrooms (#2)

Why it’s awesome: Incheon is the largest airport in South Korea serving passengers with over 70 airlines. The airport features a museum showcasing Korean culture and a center for traditional Korean culture where travelers can enjoy performances while they wait for their connecting flight.

The Incheon International Airport at Seoul airport has unique luxury features such as a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, a casino, and indoor gardens.

Incheon is the main hub for Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Polar Air Cargo. It is connected to the mainland by Incheon International Airport Expressway (Expressway 130), a part of which is Yeongjong Bridge.

The airport is served by frequent bus service from all parts of South Korea as well as by traditional ferry service between Yeongjong pier and Incheon.

Airport limousines operate around the clock from Seoul to Incheon, and several backup highway buses escort people from places within and outside Seoul.

The airport opened for business in early 2001, replacing the older Gimpo International Airport, which now serves only domestic destinations.

3. Hong Kong International Airport

Yearly passengers: 45 558 807

Last year’s rank: 2

Other awards: Best Airport Washrooms (#1) and Best Airport Dining (#1)

Why it’s awesome: Located less than five flying hours from half of the world’s population, Hong Kong’s airport is one of the busiest in the world. The airport also features a nine-hole golf course to pass the time during long layovers.

The Hong Kong International Airport has about 90 airlines operating flights to around 150 destinations worldwide. HKIA also operates one of the world’s largest passenger terminal buildings.

Direct ferry services are available from the airport to various destinations throughout the Pearl River Delta.

The airport saw a passenger movement of 46.1 million in 2009. The airport offers a great shopping and dining experience.

4. Munich Airport

Yearly passengers: 32 681 067

Last year’s rank: 5

Special awards: Best Airport Leisure Amenities (#3), Best International Transit Airport (#3), Best Airport Dining (#3), and Europe Staff Service Excellence (#2)

Why it’s awesome: Munich is Germany’s second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic (34.73 million in 2008), behind Frankfurt Airport. Passengers enjoy aesthetically pleasing terminals on the walk to the gate. The airport was built in terms of an “airport in the form of an urban landscape.” Many of the walls and ceilings are made of glass, making the airport feel large and open. Most of the airport’s facilities are located in the area between the two runways.

The approach road and railway divide the west part into a southern half, which contains cargo and maintenance facilities and a northern half, which contains mostly administrative buildings, a holiday long-term parking lot and the visitors’ centre.

The Munich Airport Centre is a shopping, business and recreation area that connects the two terminals.

Airport authorities cater to visitors and sight-seers by creating a ‘Visitors Park’ that includes a ‘Visitors Hill’ from which a good view can be obtained of the westerly aircraft apron and Terminal 1.

5. Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Yearly passengers: 29 700 000

Last year’s rank: 7

Other awards: Best Airport Immigration Service (#1) and Airport Staff Excellence South East Asia (#1)

Why it’s awesome: Kuala Lumpur is located in the southern corridor of Malaysia and one of Asia’s busiest airports. The main terminal keeps green in mind, an entire section of the rain forest was placed inside the main terminal with the “Airport in the forest, forest in the airport,” idea.

The airport is designed to handle up to 100 million passengers per year.

The runways and buildings cover an area of 100 square kilometers. With its 75 ramp stands, it is capable of handling 120 aircraft movements at a time. There are 216 check-in counters at the airport.

6. Zurich Airport

Yearly passengers: 12 346 361

Last year’s rank: 4

Other awards: Best Baggage Delivery (#1), Best Terminal Cleanliness (#1), and Europe Staff Service Excellence (#3)

Why it’s awesome: The Zurich Airport is Switzerland’s largest international flight gateway and the hub for Swiss airlines. Is located 7 miles north of the Zurich city center. The airport features a porter service where travelers pay a fee and a porter picks up your bag from anywhere in the airport and delivers it to your final destination.

The airport lost a lot of traffic when Swissair shut down its operations. Since Lufthansa took over its successor, Swiss International Air Lines, traffic has started growing again.

Zurich Airport handled 22.1 million passengers in 2008. Skyguide is responsible for all air traffic control at the Zurich airport.

7. Amsterdam Schiphol

Yearly passengers: 43 570 370

Last year’s rank: 8

Special awards: Best Airport Shopping (#2)

Why it’s awesome: Amsterdam airport, Schiphol, is the Netherlands’ main international airport. Opened in 1916 as a military airfield and has now transformed into one of the busiest airports in the world. While travelers wait for their flight departures, they can enjoy a massage or play a game of poker at the casino. It has large shopping areas as a source of revenue and as an additional attraction for passengers.

Schiphol Plaza is the shopping centre before customs, hence it is used by air travelers and non-traveling visitors.

The Rijksmuseum operates an annex at the airport, offering a small overview of both classical and contemporary art. Admission to the exhibits is free.

Schiphol has its own mortuary, where the dead can be handled and kept before departure or after arrival. Since October 2006, people can also get married at Schiphol.

For aviation enthusiasts, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has a large rooftop viewing area, called the Panoramaterras.

Source: Business Rediff, Business Insider

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