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
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    [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 • 2 163

  • PikachuIce
    PikachuIce  4 days back

    You seem to love YVR, showing it many times during the video

    • E. Andrews
      E. Andrews  5 days back

      I like to fly from Chicago to Taipei on EVA.

      • Sammy Sam
        Sammy Sam  7 days back

        How many channels do you have?

        • darrellguygoh
          darrellguygoh  1 weeks back

          Does anyone know the airport at 9:46

          • WhatIsMyName
            WhatIsMyName  2 weeks back

            Most underrated YouTube channel

            • Alfie Mack
              Alfie Mack  2 weeks back

              Show showed london as manchester lol

              • 24121TunPerak
                24121TunPerak  4 weeks back

                What’s the airport at 9:50?

                • Jack B. Nimble
                  Jack B. Nimble  4 weeks back

                  ALMOST EVERY FAILED ROUTE HAD A SMALLER CITY?!

                  • Jerry in roblox
                    Jerry in roblox  1 months back

                    Windover sponsored
                    Thats the real name of this channel

                    • Triple B
                      Triple B  1 months back

                      10:23,
                      HO! LEE! SHIN!

                      • Alan Fox
                        Alan Fox  1 months back

                        Why so many Chinese going to Australia?

                        • Alan Fox
                          Alan Fox  1 months back

                          Why don't you plan your route?

                          • New Augustus Caesar
                            New Augustus Caesar  1 months back

                            *How Airlines Decide Where to Fly*





                            In the Air, of course!

                            • Finn Krogstad
                              Finn Krogstad  2 months back

                              If airlines don't know where Oregon is, then they are probably going to lose a lot of money.

                              • Adelaide McMillan
                                Adelaide McMillan  2 months back

                                Sailboat at 9:54 is all like, shit! a ferry! Better loop-dee-loop to give it time!

                                • PrincessKait1
                                  PrincessKait1  2 months back

                                  united is the only airline that services the local regional airport and they only fly to Chicago twice a day, which is just annoying. The tickets are at least $200 more than the flights to Chicago from the airport 2 hours down the road. Sometimes they can be as much as $500 more. It's ridiculous. Always wished American would do a flight between the local and Chicago to cause some competition between the two.

                                  • Vaibhav
                                    Vaibhav  2 months back

                                    What are the job titles of those who work in flight planning? Is it like supply chain management?

                                    • Losh
                                      Losh  2 months back

                                      Why is Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in British Columbia? Another error for the error video. If you want a good route, think of Seattle to Raleigh. Planes are always full.

                                      • Willie Scroggins
                                        Willie Scroggins  2 months back

                                        Awesome...

                                        • jk484
                                          jk484  2 months back

                                          1.4m people searching for flights between London and Kochi sounds insane

                                          • Vittorio Nigrelli
                                            Vittorio Nigrelli  2 months back

                                            lol, Wendover moved London slightly farther north (1:46)

                                            • X Ginger
                                              X Ginger  2 months back

                                              Haha London is in manchester

                                              • Sajanpreet Singh
                                                Sajanpreet Singh  2 months back

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

                                                • Sajanpreet Singh
                                                  Sajanpreet Singh  2 months back

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

                                                  • Nehaal v gopal
                                                    Nehaal v gopal  2 months back

                                                    4:44 London and Kochi? That weird

                                                    • n40798
                                                      n40798  2 months back

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

                                                      • MrYzeng
                                                        MrYzeng  2 months back

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

                                                        • bhsbass
                                                          bhsbass  2 months back

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

                                                          • C9rdelia
                                                            C9rdelia  2 months back

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

                                                            • Master Ed
                                                              Master Ed  2 months back

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

                                                              • Master Ed
                                                                Master Ed  2 months back

                                                                I wouldn't advise to hit air particles

                                                            • Mirza Ahmed
                                                              Mirza Ahmed  2 months back

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

                                                              • Mirza Ahmed
                                                                Mirza Ahmed  2 months back

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

                                                                • SAMUEL LEE
                                                                  SAMUEL LEE  2 months back

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

                                                                  • M Detlef
                                                                    M Detlef  2 months back

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

                                                                    • Aplusmaster22
                                                                      Aplusmaster22  2 months back

                                                                      The only thing United is good at lmao

                                                                      • Rithick
                                                                        Rithick  2 months back

                                                                        The Americans say Birmingham 🤣

                                                                        • Alexander Theruviparambil Joseph

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

                                                                        • only Roll
                                                                          only Roll  2 months back

                                                                          Land 2 unite is far omplex?

                                                                          • only Roll
                                                                            only Roll  2 months back

                                                                            Still economies failed by sending best before anything.

                                                                            • only Roll
                                                                              only Roll  2 months back

                                                                              Dreamland southpole 3.

                                                                              • only Roll
                                                                                only Roll  2 months back

                                                                                Use more minds.

                                                                                • only Roll
                                                                                  only Roll  2 months back

                                                                                  Do not fly. Rest assured.

                                                                                  • Glxph Logan
                                                                                    Glxph Logan  2 months back

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

                                                                                    • Awful Falafel
                                                                                      Awful Falafel  3 months back

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

                                                                                      • David Cho
                                                                                        David Cho  3 months back

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

                                                                                        • Tyler Ahrens
                                                                                          Tyler Ahrens  3 months back

                                                                                          Oregon isnt in canada

                                                                                          • RandomGuineaPig Aviation
                                                                                            RandomGuineaPig Aviation  3 months back

                                                                                            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

                                                                                            • Aviation Lover
                                                                                              Aviation Lover  3 months back

                                                                                              Very interesting and informative video