How Airlines Decide Where to Fly

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  • Published: 02 April 2019
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    References:
    [1] https://www.oag.com/blog/billion-dollar-route
    [2] https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2018/06/21/after-dropping-chicago-beijing-american-airlines-considers-ending-all-chicago-asia-flying/
    [3] https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/278489/american-airlines-ends-chicago-beijing-service-in-oct-2018/
    [4] https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2018/06/21/after-dropping-chicago-beijing-american-airlines-considers-ending-all-chicago-asia-flying/
    [5]https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_-AP2_TbPwAkJEtBlqKp_yyzncp2oob3/view?usp=sharing
    [6] https://www.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] https://www.anna.aero/2018/12/04/birmingham-to-hong-kong-is-skyscanners-unserved-route-of-the-week/; https://www.anna.aero/2017/11/22/del-akl-is-skyscanner-unserved-route-of-the-week-with-420000-searches/; https://www.anna.aero/2017/03/29/barcelona-bangkok-is-skyscanner-unserved-route-of-the-week/; https://www.anna.aero/2017/03/22/london-kochi-skyscanner-unserved-route-week/
    [8] https://thepointsguy.com/news/united-dropping-lax-sin-route/; https://www.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] https://www.dropbox.com/s/cmwmjchpg0fypnf/Screen%20Shot%202019-03-23%20at%207.39.29%20PM.png?dl=0
    [10] https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_-AP2_TbPwAkJEtBlqKp_yyzncp2oob3/view?usp=sharing
    [11] https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/274661/wow-air-adds-dallas-service-from-may-2018/
    [12] https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/274804/icelandair-adds-dallas-service-from-may-2018/
    [13] https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/275813/american-adds-dallas-reykjavik-seasonal-service-in-s18/
    [14] https://www.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 • 2 150

  • Vittorio Nigrelli
    Vittorio Nigrelli  10 hours back

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

    • X Ginger
      X Ginger  2 days back

      Haha London is in manchester

      • Sajanpreet Singh
        Sajanpreet Singh  2 days back

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

        • Sajanpreet Singh
          Sajanpreet Singh  2 days back

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

          • Nehaal v gopal
            Nehaal v gopal  2 days back

            4:44 London and Kochi? That weird

            • n40798
              n40798  2 days back

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

              • MrYzeng
                MrYzeng  5 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  1 weeks back

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

                    • Master Ed
                      Master Ed  1 weeks back

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

                      • Master Ed
                        Master Ed  1 weeks back

                        I wouldn't advise to hit air particles

                    • Mirza Ahmed
                      Mirza Ahmed  1 weeks back

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

                      • Mirza Ahmed
                        Mirza Ahmed  1 weeks 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

                                                            Дааааааа

                                                            • 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

                                                                            Thankx

                                                                            • 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.