• Why Planes Don’t Fly Over the Pacific Ocean
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    Why Planes Don’t Fly Over the Pacific Ocean

    You know, making all these videos is pretty exhausting work. What I need is a vacation. Somewhere far away, preferably exotic, and must be exciting! Korea? Or maybe Japan? Great food, fantastic culture, plenty of ways to embarrass myself by misunderstanding the local customs. What’s not to love? But I noticed something strange while booking my Asian getaway. My plane seems to be making a detour over Alaska… Why is my airline going out of its way to avoid the Pacific Ocean? Is this a mistake? Did I accidentally sign up for the caribou route? At first you might think it was a safety issue. The Pacific is the largest…

  • Flight Attendant Saved the Girl After Seeing the Note “Help Me”
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    Flight Attendant Saved the Girl After Seeing the Note “Help Me”

    When it comes to flight attendants, most people assume their main role is a “waiter in the sky”. But they are capable of much more than bringing you a beverage and a snack. Would you believe they could even save your life? That is exactly what happened during a flight from Seattle to San Francisco. For one female flight attendant, she had no idea that this short flight would turn out to be unlike any she had ever had in her ten years of experience. At first, everything was routine, but as the plane took off she noticed a strange pair among her passengers – a young girl and a…

  • 1 Year and 200,000 Miles of Travel in 6 Minutes
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    1 Year and 200,000 Miles of Travel in 6 Minutes

    Hi, I know I’ve ignored this channel for more than a year, but it was kinda a busy one. Let me explain. 12 months ago I was living in Sydney, Australia, working on finishing by degree in International Business and my last exam was on November 20th, two days before Thanksgiving, so on November 21, I hopped on a Japan Airlines Dreamliner to Tokyo, where the flight attendants insisted on taking this awkward photo of me, connected to a flight to Boston, then finally a flight to DC, my hometown, to celebrate Thanksgiving. This was the first time I’d been in the US for the holiday for three years, which…

  • A 7-Year-Old Airport Never Had a Flight for a Reason
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    A 7-Year-Old Airport Never Had a Flight for a Reason

    You’re walking through a gleaming airport terminal with screens displaying flight details and dozens of gates waiting for airplanes to pull in. Only… the building is completely empty. No people, no planes, no nothing. Nope, it’s not the plot of a new horror movie, but a real airport in Berlin, Germany, that has stayed brand-new and untouched for a whole 7 years. But let’s start from the very beginning! I mean, why would Berlin need a new airport at all? Berlin already has two airports: Tegel, situated in the north-west of Berlin, and Schönefeld, in the south-east. To be precise, there used to be one more airport in Berlin, called…

  • Why Airlines Overbook Flights
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    Why Airlines Overbook Flights

    Imagine that you’ve bought plane tickets, say, half a year before the flight. You count down the days before the trip, pack a suitcase, and take a taxi to the airport. There’s a traffic jam on the way, so you don’t get there early enough to be first at the check-in desk. And yet you’re on time, so you give your passport to the employee and… You hear that check-in is closed, and there are no free seats left on the plane. Have you ever found yourself in an overbooking situation? It can throw you off balance all right. But don’t worry, I’ll let you know why it occurs, and…

  • Aéroports de Lyon : Partenariat renforcé entre Emirates et Aéroports de Lyon / A solid partnership
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    Aéroports de Lyon : Partenariat renforcé entre Emirates et Aéroports de Lyon / A solid partnership

    The SLA or Service Level Agreement is a fantastic tool to cooperate with the airlines. It enables us to work together to define the service quality expected and to mesure it over time. These results then allow us to direct our efforts to ensuring the best service quality for our passengers. Building a trusting relationship with an airport is vital for an airline such as Emirates. In this way, we can improve our service quality. This tool allows us to give our clients continuity of service from airport management to the airline. It is crucial for airlines with the renown of Emirates to have these tools in order to be…

  • Why Heathrow Airport Had Empty Flights to Nowhere
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    Why Heathrow Airport Had Empty Flights to Nowhere

    This video was made possible by Tab for a Cause. Start raising money for charity with every tab you open by going to the link in the description. Hello and welcome to the dregs of the last Wendover video. This is Heathrow airport. It’s the busiest and biggest airport in the UK and, for complicated reasons, they used to have a flight six times a week to Cardiff, Wales that no passengers were allowed to take. What you need to know about Heathrow is that it has only two runways whereas Chicago O’Hare Airport, which flies about as many passengers yearly as Heathrow, has seven and if my advanced differential…

  • The US Government Program That Pays For Your Flights
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    The US Government Program That Pays For Your Flights

    This video was made possible by Curiosity Stream. When you sign up at the link in the description you’ll also get access to Nebula—the streaming video platform that Wendover is a part of. A quite reasonable question would be why the American government is paying United Airlines $4,780,955 a year to fly from their hub in Newark to the small, northern Maine town of Presque Isle. The question could also be asked for why they pay Boutique Air $3,328,207 a year to fly from Dallas and Houston to the small Texan city Victoria, or why United Airlines is paid $2,317,073 a year to fly from Denver to Pueblo, Colorado. Well,…

  • Why the Longest 20-Hour Flight in the World Is Special
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    Why the Longest 20-Hour Flight in the World Is Special

    Picture this: you’re about to endure a 6-hour flight, and right now, before departure, you’re sure that you’re gonna be bored to tears. After all, it’s 6 hours of sitting still in your seat with only short bathroom breaks! Sounds tough, but how about doing that for 18 hours instead?… Nope, I ain’t kidding. Such flights do exist, and they’re becoming increasingly popular. You see, however surprising it may be, people nowadays prefer to get from A to B without any unnecessary stops. But how did it all start? Surely such long flights haven’t been around for too long? Actually, the first long-haul flight took place 18 years ago! On…

  • Dubai International Airport – Emirates First Class
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    Dubai International Airport – Emirates First Class

    For centuries the Middle East was an important commercial route between the East and the West. Today, in the Airbus era, Emirates keeps this tradition connecting any point of the globe to another with a single stop: Dubai Another Arab tradition they keep is hospitality. Take a look at their First Class Lounge. It proves they really know how to welcome. 5 a.m – I’m at the busy Dubai airport connecting to Rio, Vamos lá! Crowded airport…we just arrived from Seoul in a packed A380 with a spectacular service They came to pick me up at the airplane door with this electric cart. I´d better pretend that I have a…