The Most Valuable Airspace in the World

  • Published: 29 May 2018
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Comments • 4 393

  • CanCycle
    CanCycle  1 days back

    0:28 “just these countries, last time I checked Europe and East Asia were not countries.

    • Andreas Urbanczyk
      Andreas Urbanczyk  2 days back

      The question is how high does an airspace reach? Are there any limits? Beside the plane's limitation

      • Sayan guria
        Sayan guria  3 days back

        America put sanction, they have to make money somehow

        • Coltin Yancey
          Coltin Yancey  3 days back

          That moment when Wendover shows a place youve been. I worked in the international terminal at Ted Steven in Anchorage. The airport now specializes in cargo aircraft, with only limited pax flights.

          • Keith Moon
            Keith Moon  4 days back

            You should listen to the song 'Route 66' to find out how to pronounce 'route' correctly

            • Philip Robb
              Philip Robb  4 days back

              It's the most profitable not the most valuable.

              • Rene Headbanger
                Rene Headbanger  4 days back

                russian government is the next level of disgusting

                • A-P R
                  A-P R  47 minutes back

                  what about american ? previous ?

              • Margs_Aviation
                Margs_Aviation  5 days back

                Anchorage is a best example of radiator springs 😢

                • Timothy Keller
                  Timothy Keller  6 days back

                  very informative. somewhat scary tho

                  • Just A Roblox Player
                    Just A Roblox Player  6 days back

                    North korea is apparently home to the world's largest and most developed cities, hmmm.

                    • peace and love
                      peace and love  7 days back

                      London NY LA Japan is shorter route

                      • Matthew McCurry
                        Matthew McCurry  1 weeks back

                        fuck russia

                        • A-P R
                          A-P R  46 minutes back

                          not a problem, you can fly through Alaska
                          and f... your mother

                      • GralBank
                        GralBank  2 weeks back

                        As an air-traffic-controller, this video is full of bullshit. Any pilot or air traffic controller operating in Europe would tell you the same. Look up flightradar24 and see where most European air traffic flows to Asia go through. It’s not Siberia - it’s the Black Sea. They pass underneath Ukraine. Also, Russia is part of the governing body of ICAO - the international civil aviation organisation, and as such are bound by its rules and laws, including granting the aircraft of other nation states the right of passage through its airspace. Yet, as a sole sovereign of its airspace, like every other country on thr plabet, it has the sole right to decide who can and can’t. That, by the way, is one of the first rules of the Chicago Convention of 1944, which Russia DID SIGN AND RATIFY, despite what the video says. Last but not least, it does not have a policy of one airline per country. It simply provides better conditions to national flag carriers, like Lufthansa and British Airways, which have a higher status than low-cost European companies. Last but not least, if you compare Russian flight fares to fares in West Europe, they are much lower. But seeing as how every flight pays taxes to countries it passes through based on distance traveled, amount of fuel burned in the airspace and the weight of the aircraft, if you have to pass through Siberia, even if taxes are cheaper, naturally you would pay more, seeing as hoe you would travel 10 times the distance you would travel in Europe and burn 10 times the fuel, because Siberia is massive. Overall, all of the “facts” in this video are total bullshit and could be looked up with an internet connection and a half-hour Google search. Or just ask any pilot or air-traffic-controller. What a load of bullcrap....

                        • A-P R
                          A-P R  41 minutes back

                          but western countries signed many documents as well and what history showed...

                      • Aaronlikesmath
                        Aaronlikesmath  2 weeks back

                        Wait so Europe and Asia are countries?

                        • Kj_mast_er
                          Kj_mast_er  2 weeks back

                          6:16 i burst out laughing, its like "stay out you got iraq syria in my cake and only"

                          • Kj_mast_er
                            Kj_mast_er  2 weeks back

                            why don't they just boycott russia? that 100$ per ticket is ridiculous!
                            they are handing them power on silver platter.

                            • Command_Unit
                              Command_Unit  6 days back

                              Because that would be a more expensive option even with the cost of flying over russia

                          • Deyone Jackson
                            Deyone Jackson  2 weeks back

                            This is such a ridiculous behavior, almost childish. I'm not just talking about taking money but closing their airspace for some airlines is even more ridiculous. Wtf man just because you cupcakes have personal problems with one countries government, why do you have to mess up the day for thousands of people having nothing to do with your feelings getting hurt?¿🤦🏻‍♂️

                            • Alton Williams
                              Alton Williams  2 weeks back

                              I flew ✈️ over 1,000 miles over eastern Russia 🇷🇺 on Korean Airlines from Texas all the way to South Korea 🇰🇷 I kept looking out the window to see if there was a MiG-29 after us. 😂

                              • metty 214
                                metty 214  2 weeks back

                                You know how these budget airlines will deal with it, fly through anchorage

                                • lonelyPorterCH
                                  lonelyPorterCH  2 weeks back

                                  So for this purpose, its an advantage, that russia is so big^^

                                  • le monke
                                    le monke  2 weeks back

                                    We will rise

                                    • natural selection
                                      natural selection  3 weeks back

                                      2.4 billion population for east Asia?

                                      • Y I
                                        Y I  2 weeks back

                                        natural selection No together

                                    • Sander
                                      Sander  3 weeks back


                                      • Opembe Stanley
                                        Opembe Stanley  3 weeks back

                                        I like how you people link the topic of discussion and the 'sponsor' of the video to pull a Brilliant advert. Good work!

                                        • Jacob_Herbst
                                          Jacob_Herbst  3 weeks back

                                          Hey, WTF? Crimea is not a part of russia

                                          • A-P R
                                            A-P R  40 minutes back

                                            @ayy mao
                                            yes, it is Russia

                                          • ayy mao
                                            ayy mao  2 weeks back

                                            Yes it is.

                                        • IICatLovezero142II tls
                                          IICatLovezero142II tls  3 weeks back

                                          Everything in Norway is expensive but the flights are cheap

                                          • Sander
                                            Sander  3 weeks back

                                            IICatLovezero142II tls Wrong

                                        • oresto101
                                          oresto101  4 weeks back

                                          Guys, Crimea isn't Russian

                                          • A-P R
                                            A-P R  40 minutes back

                                            it is Russia

                                        • Gene Kelly
                                          Gene Kelly  4 weeks back

                                          Nothing wrong here..charge what the traffic will bear.Nothing is free, and pricing is the best way to determine market demand. I'm cheap-I will take a budget airline to save a few $$, others can afford 1st class; why do so many people ignore the benefits of the free market?

                                          • E1craZ4life
                                            E1craZ4life  4 weeks back

                                            It's not that overflight fees are too expensive; it's that Russia's selectiveness with what airlines can fly over it prevents airlines from competing with one another.

                                        • Ulisesrguez
                                          Ulisesrguez  4 weeks back

                                          Now WOW Air doesn’t even exist anymore

                                          • Abhishek Saini
                                            Abhishek Saini  4 weeks back

                                            WoW Air went bankrupt already, so no more flights to anywhere! #wow

                                            • Sharon Jones
                                              Sharon Jones  1 months back

                                              big LOL at the WOW air section.

                                              • JC MONTE CARLO
                                                JC MONTE CARLO  1 months back

                                                The Russians did it....again 🥂😂🇷🇺

                                                • mikalai alimenkou
                                                  mikalai alimenkou  1 months back

                                                  Why Crimea is marked as Russia? Channel owners really so stupid?

                                                  • A-P R
                                                    A-P R  37 minutes back

                                                    no, seems you are a moron
                                                    Crimea is Russia

                                                • daniboyrulez
                                                  daniboyrulez  1 months back

                                                  Why is Crimea part of Russia

                                                  • A-P R
                                                    A-P R  36 minutes back

                                                    people decided so

                                                • Imaelito AC
                                                  Imaelito AC  1 months back

                                                  Russians.. Fuck those cold aunt fuckers..

                                                  • SUB3ERO !!
                                                    SUB3ERO !!  1 months back

                                                    If Russia allows budget airline to fly over they’ll have traffic jam in the sky...

                                                    • Gail Meikle
                                                      Gail Meikle  4 weeks back

                                                      It is not a matter of allowing to fly over Russia, it is a matter of how much Russia will charge for the right to fly over their territory. It can be expensive.

                                                  • random player
                                                    random player  1 months back

                                                    I live in finland :)

                                                    • A-P R
                                                      A-P R  36 minutes back

                                                      i lived in Kirkkonummi

                                                  • D JF
                                                    D JF  1 months back

                                                    Between constant hacking and air space restrictions, Russia is literally the lamest country in the world. There must really be nothing going on there.

                                                    • kuru
                                                      kuru  1 months back

                                                      That's better than a shooting every other day

                                                  • Alphonso ButlakIV
                                                    Alphonso ButlakIV  1 months back

                                                    If Russia won't let you fly over it, I feel they should be taxed the value of the fule wasted going around. Shouldn't wast fule over a money making pull. Could also do it back to them.

                                                    • Ron Swanson
                                                      Ron Swanson  2 months back

                                                      Haha, remember when Wow Air actually existed....ya...too funny and too good to be true.

                                                      • AJ Grant
                                                        AJ Grant  2 months back

                                                        Of course france can fly over!  They're like the little gay friend woman have......harmless.

                                                        • missy mason
                                                          missy mason  2 months back

                                                          I'm so scared of flying...

                                                          • missy mason
                                                            missy mason  2 months back


                                                            • Anonymous
                                                              Anonymous  2 months back

                                                              SUOMI MAINITTU

                                                              • funkyleah
                                                                funkyleah  2 months back

                                                                The soviet union is that fat child that doesn't wanna move

                                                                • Caliado
                                                                  Caliado  2 months back

                                                                  Emirates flies over siberia

                                                                  • XxPuballstarxX
                                                                    XxPuballstarxX  2 months back

                                                                    Russia being real homosexual

                                                                    • Green Eyes in China
                                                                      Green Eyes in China  2 months back

                                                                      The propeller service would have to make constant stops to refuel regardless of the route flown.