How Airlines Decide Where to Fly

  • Published: 02 April 2019
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Comments • 2 149

  • X Ginger
    X Ginger  18 hours back

    Haha London is in manchester

    • Sajanpreet Singh
      Sajanpreet Singh  20 hours back

      Roses are red,
      Violets are blue,
      The guy loves planes,
      So do you.

      • Sajanpreet Singh
        Sajanpreet Singh  20 hours back

        Edinburgh is not pronounced "edinburah".It is pronounced "Eddinburg"

        • Nehaal v gopal
          Nehaal v gopal  22 hours back

          4:44 London and Kochi? That weird

          • n40798
            n40798  1 days back

            I wonder what would be the price for a direct flight between London and Auckland

            • MrYzeng
              MrYzeng  4 days back

              Sfo has way more international flights to Auckland, Frankfurt, Taipei, and Seoul.

              • bhsbass
                bhsbass  6 days back

                American airlines direct flight from Auckland New Zealand to Los Angeles was cancelled as well.

                • C9rdelia
                  C9rdelia  6 days back

                  why did he say Birmingham like birmin ing am 😭 its Birming ham

                  • Master Ed
                    Master Ed  7 days back

                    its easier to build a canon like the germans did and shoot people to their destination

                    • Master Ed
                      Master Ed  7 days back

                      I wouldn't advise to hit air particles

                  • Mirza Ahmed
                    Mirza Ahmed  7 days back

                    9:24 WOW Air has stopped flying to everywhere else.

                    • Mirza Ahmed
                      Mirza Ahmed  7 days back

                      You're not supposed to pronounce the h in Birmingham.

                      • SAMUEL LEE
                        SAMUEL LEE  1 weeks back

                        I don’t get why Beijing is the 7th biggest city in the world.

                        • M Detlef
                          M Detlef  1 weeks back

                          RETARD REFUSES to say how many PASSENGERS short the route was.

                          • Aplusmaster22
                            Aplusmaster22  1 weeks back

                            The only thing United is good at lmao

                            • cool roblox fan
                              cool roblox fan  1 weeks back

                              The Americans say Birmingham 🤣

                              • Alexander Theruviparambil Joseph

                                When ya Malayalees see kochi for lots of people flying from one place to another 😃

                              • Uttam Sharma
                                Uttam Sharma  2 weeks back

                                Land 2 unite is far omplex?

                                • Uttam Sharma
                                  Uttam Sharma  2 weeks back

                                  Still economies failed by sending best before anything.

                                  • Uttam Sharma
                                    Uttam Sharma  2 weeks back

                                    Dreamland southpole 3.

                                    • Uttam Sharma
                                      Uttam Sharma  2 weeks back

                                      Use more minds.

                                      • Uttam Sharma
                                        Uttam Sharma  2 weeks back

                                        Do not fly. Rest assured.

                                        • Glxph Logan
                                          Glxph Logan  2 weeks back

                                          1:39 Same percentage of people they throw off the plane

                                          • Awful Falafel
                                            Awful Falafel  2 weeks back

                                            3:48 I think that's kamloops...

                                            • David Cho
                                              David Cho  2 weeks back

                                              Good video. There's a lot of non-stop flights that I don't understand.

                                              • Tyler Ahrens
                                                Tyler Ahrens  3 weeks back

                                                Oregon isnt in canada

                                                • RandomGuineaPig Aviation

                                                  4:39 420k people search for delhi to akl??? thats enough for 2 daily a380s!!!!!! that cant be right akl has 1 a380 a day and no direct flights to India! 42k seems more realistic

                                                  • Saifullah A
                                                    Saifullah A  4 weeks back

                                                    Very interesting and informative video

                                                    • Royal Army
                                                      Royal Army  4 weeks back

                                                      So google and other websites sell consumer's data to aviation industry?

                                                      • William Cosgrove
                                                        William Cosgrove  4 weeks back

                                                        RIP WOW Air press f to pay respect

                                                        • Evgenii Stepanov
                                                          Evgenii Stepanov  1 months back


                                                          • Hayden Lamb
                                                            Hayden Lamb  1 months back

                                                            The United LAX-SIN flight also had payload issues

                                                            • Dan
                                                              Dan  1 months back

                                                              What is the job title of the people that decide where airlines fly? I swear it would be my dream job. Can 35-year olds change careers? About 5 years ago I wanted to do a degree in Aviation Management and say goodbye to my current career. I chickened out. Fool.

                                                              • MoreChannelNoise
                                                                MoreChannelNoise  1 months back

                                                                They also need to make bertter decisions on where NOT to fly, or fly over, as in the Ukraine disaster.

                                                                • Jason Lam
                                                                  Jason Lam  1 months back

                                                                  Like this video but seriously ROUT!?

                                                                  • G Klingbergs
                                                                    G Klingbergs  1 months back

                                                                    I disagree that non-stop routes cost more. Maybe for international travel but NOT domestic. It's cheaper for me to fly NS SFO-CLE than a stop over. This also applies to budget airlines like SWA.

                                                                    • Murray Mclellan
                                                                      Murray Mclellan  1 months back

                                                                      If Iwas flying LAX To Singapore it would be SIA as they're a full service airline with good cabin service and not United. American carriers have a not good reputation outside America.

                                                                      • Thomas Wieser
                                                                        Thomas Wieser  1 months back

                                                                        I'm Austrian/Polish American and when I travel to my ancestral homelands I try to fly one of the respective flag airlines.

                                                                        • somerican pillar
                                                                          somerican pillar  1 months back


                                                                          • Adog828
                                                                            Adog828  1 months back

                                                                            I live in Oregon so that's means I'm Canadian? 🤔 southwest Oregon regional?! Wtf the only major airport in Oregon is portland (PDX)

                                                                            • thegamefree1
                                                                              thegamefree1  1 months back

                                                                              OTH is in north bend and only airlines they have are United airlines. i also didn't know we had a Southwest Oregon regional airport.

                                                                          • Red Pilled Dominican
                                                                            Red Pilled Dominican  1 months back

                                                                            Tahiti *morgan heavily breathing*

                                                                            • Alexander Wasley
                                                                              Alexander Wasley  2 months back

                                                                              Does anyone know what airport that is at 9:48?

                                                                              • GrumpyGoomba9
                                                                                GrumpyGoomba9  2 months back

                                                                                1:46 - London isn't there...

                                                                                • David Endara
                                                                                  David Endara  2 months back

                                                                                  The AA route from Dallas to Quito, was reestablished today. 2019. 08. 20

                                                                                  • Thanh Vu
                                                                                    Thanh Vu  2 months back

                                                                                    great vid, but kinda American-centric (you know, there are other countries in the world too). A lot of these routes only have 1 sole US airlines because there're fierce competition from the destination airliners, like Asian carriers like Cathay or Singapore blows any US airlines out of the water instantly.

                                                                                    • Iam Kamara
                                                                                      Iam Kamara  2 months back

                                                                                      Keep up the good work. Kenya Airways didn't really think through their decision to have DAILY DIRECT flights from Nairobi to New York.

                                                                                      • TheLegend
                                                                                        TheLegend  2 months back

                                                                                        close up landings of this video is YVR Vancouver Canada

                                                                                        • Ed SR
                                                                                          Ed SR  2 months back

                                                                                          Orlando to São Paulo only failed because the company messed up. Azul flies Orlando - Campinas (55 miles from São Paulo) daily and scores huge, and I do mean HUGE profits.

                                                                                          • area352
                                                                                            area352  2 months back

                                                                                            UNITED BROKE MY GUITAR!