How Santa’s Air Freight Operation Works
We’re going to assume that 95% of children behaved this year (a stretch, we know). There are 7.125 billion people in the world but only about 2.2 billion Christians (everyone else is probably getting presents delivered by another LSP at other times). But, as anyone over a certain age knows, the number of presents you receive tend to decline with time, so we’ll focus on the 83% of the world’s population that is under 54.
Which means that 1.734 billion people are going to be getting presents this Christmas. You can see why Santa would be nervous. We’re going to assume that each house has about 4 people, meaning 433 million stops for Santa to make.
Time is always a factor too. Santa has time zones working in his favor, so if he begins at 10 PM in the Far East and goes until 7 AM in the west, he has 22 hours of operating time, or 79,200 seconds.
With 0.00018 seconds per house, Santa will be visiting 333,333 houses per second. And he has to travel between houses as well. These people figured out that Santa has an average of .71 miles to travel between each destination, or 307 million miles. Traveling at 13 million miles per hour will leave Santa no time for the actual delivery and cookie snatch, so we’ll bump him up to 15 million MPH.
Which will leave Santa with: