How Airlines Decide Where to Fly

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  • Published: 02 April 2019
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    References:
    [1] oag.com/blog/billion-dollar-route
    [2] viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2018/06/21/after-dropping-chicago-beijing-american-airlines-considers-ending-all-chicago-asia-flying/
    [3] routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/278489/american-airlines-ends-chicago-beijing-service-in-oct-2018/
    [4] viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2018/06/21/after-dropping-chicago-beijing-american-airlines-considers-ending-all-chicago-asia-flying/
    [5]drive.google.com/file/d/1_-AP2_TbPwAkJEtBlqKp_yyzncp2oob3/view?usp=sharing
    [6] chicagobusiness.com/airlines-airports/meet-route-planners-mapping-uniteds-future?utm_source=this-week-s-crain-s&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190315&utm_content=article2-headline
    [7] anna.aero/2018/12/04/birmingham-to-hong-kong-is-skyscanners-unserved-route-of-the-week/; anna.aero/2017/11/22/del-akl-is-skyscanner-unserved-route-of-the-week-with-420000-searches/; anna.aero/2017/03/29/barcelona-bangkok-is-skyscanner-unserved-route-of-the-week/; anna.aero/2017/03/22/london-kochi-skyscanner-unserved-route-week/
    [8] thepointsguy.com/news/united-dropping-lax-sin-route/; chicagobusiness.com/airlines-airports/meet-route-planners-mapping-uniteds-future?utm_source=this-week-s-crain-s&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190315&utm_content=article2-headline
    [9] dropbox.com/s/cmwmjchpg0fypnf/Screen%20Shot%202019-03-23%20at%207.39.29%20PM.png?dl=0
    [10] drive.google.com/file/d/1_-AP2_TbPwAkJEtBlqKp_yyzncp2oob3/view?usp=sharing
    [11] routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/274661/wow-air-adds-dallas-service-from-may-2018/
    [12] routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/274804/icelandair-adds-dallas-service-from-may-2018/
    [13] routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/275813/american-adds-dallas-reykjavik-seasonal-service-in-s18/
    [14] chicagobusiness.com/airlines-airports/meet-route-planners-mapping-uniteds-future?utm_source=this-week-s-crain-s&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190315&utm_content=article2-headline

Comments • 2 113

  • Evgenii Stepanov
    Evgenii Stepanov  1 days back

    Дааааааа

    • Hayden Lamb
      Hayden Lamb  1 days back

      The United LAX-SIN flight also had payload issues

      • Dan
        Dan  2 days 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  2 days 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  3 days back

            Like this video but seriously ROUT!?

            • G Klingbergs
              G Klingbergs  3 days 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  4 days 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  5 days 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 weeks back

                    Thankx

                    • Infinite Flight Publish

                      1:46 I didn’t know London was in the midlands

                      • Adog828
                        Adog828  2 weeks 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 days 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  2 weeks back

                        Tahiti *morgan heavily breathing*

                        • Alexander Wasley
                          Alexander Wasley  3 weeks back

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

                          • GrumpyGoomba9
                            GrumpyGoomba9  3 weeks back

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

                            • David Endara
                              David Endara  4 weeks back

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

                              • Thanh Vu
                                Thanh Vu  4 weeks 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  4 weeks 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  4 weeks back

                                    close up landings of this video is YVR Vancouver Canada

                                    • Ed SR
                                      Ed SR  4 weeks 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  1 months back

                                        UNITED BROKE MY GUITAR!

                                        • Jacob Butterfield
                                          Jacob Butterfield  1 months back

                                          I'm not convinced that American's slash and burn strategy against Iceland Air and World of Warcraft Airlines made sense. It's not as if two relatively low traffic flights between two geographically awkward locations being run by two small national airlines was going to threaten American's valuable routes. Just on the face of it it's hard to imagine WoW or Ice-Air becoming rivals of American. Maybe they would have affected the politics of allocation within Denver's airport. Even that sounds like stretch. Seems like American used a 100 ton press to squash a mouse. It's like the US army taking invading Croatia for setting up an embassy in Costa Rica. Was it worth the operation?

                                          • LetsJamFunk
                                            LetsJamFunk  1 months back

                                            8:01 isn't that predatory pricing that violates antitrust/competition law?

                                            • Sally Hillal
                                              Sally Hillal  1 months back

                                              Airlines make good paying jobs for lots of people .

                                              • Secret Intelligence
                                                Secret Intelligence  1 months back

                                                Actually, Albuquerque (ABQ) -to San Francisco is carried by United Express now.

                                                • srinivasa prasannaa
                                                  srinivasa prasannaa  1 months back

                                                  2:58 : The aeroplane flies to space and back! :-)

                                                  • Pfsif
                                                    Pfsif  1 months back

                                                    I'm a SJW looking for something to be triggered over.

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                                                                                          • XX DESTROYERXX
                                                                                            XX DESTROYERXX  2 months back

                                                                                            I flew Qantas LAX-JFK on their 787-9 Dreamliner. Is there a reason behind that?

                                                                                            • XX DESTROYERXX
                                                                                              XX DESTROYERXX  1 months back

                                                                                              Gus Libby, That would make sense as I was on a connecting flight from Brisbane

                                                                                            • Gus Libby
                                                                                              Gus Libby  1 months back

                                                                                              That would be illegal if you did not have an onward ticket outside the United States. Qantas arrives in LAX in the morning and leaves back to Australia in the evening, to maximize plane utilisation, they can send a plane with some onward passengers to JFK and bring some passengers back to LAX and onward to Australia. It saves them money and thats why you could do it.

                                                                                          • zhongmingyuan52
                                                                                            zhongmingyuan52  2 months back

                                                                                            I thought PEK to ORD by AA was mostly used to stop US competitors from monopolizing the limited quota between China and US 10 years ago.