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/
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    [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/
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    [11] routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/274661/wow-air-adds-dallas-service-from-may-2018/
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    [13] routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/275813/american-adds-dallas-reykjavik-seasonal-service-in-s18/
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Comments • 2 117

  • 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 days back

      Very interesting and informative video

      • Royal Army
        Royal Army  4 days back

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

        • William Cosgrove
          William Cosgrove  4 days back

          RIP WOW Air press f to pay respect

          • Evgenii Stepanov
            Evgenii Stepanov  1 weeks back

            Дааааааа

            • Hayden Lamb
              Hayden Lamb  1 weeks back

              The United LAX-SIN flight also had payload issues

              • Dan
                Dan  1 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks back

                    Like this video but seriously ROUT!?

                    • G Klingbergs
                      G Klingbergs  2 weeks 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  2 weeks 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  2 weeks 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  3 weeks back

                            Thankx

                            • Infinite Flight Publish

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

                              • Adog828
                                Adog828  3 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 weeks 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  3 weeks back

                                Tahiti *morgan heavily breathing*

                                • Alexander Wasley
                                  Alexander Wasley  4 weeks back

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

                                  • GrumpyGoomba9
                                    GrumpyGoomba9  4 weeks back

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

                                    • David Endara
                                      David Endara  1 months back

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

                                      • Thanh Vu
                                        Thanh Vu  1 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  1 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  1 months back

                                            close up landings of this video is YVR Vancouver Canada

                                            • Ed SR
                                              Ed SR  1 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  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  2 months back

                                                      Airlines make good paying jobs for lots of people .

                                                      • Secret Intelligence
                                                        Secret Intelligence  2 months back

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

                                                        • srinivasa prasannaa
                                                          srinivasa prasannaa  2 months back

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

                                                          • Pfsif
                                                            Pfsif  2 months back

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

                                                          • RedMikePumpkin
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