COVID-19: How Aviation is Fighting for Survival

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  • CNBC= Wendover Production

    Austin GrossAustin Gross43 minutter siden
  • Not all airliners will benefit from the lower fuel prices because many hedge the price expecting it will rise, but now these will still be buying it at that the higher contracted price.

    Aubrey AdamsAubrey Adams57 minutter siden
  • My hometown airport in Hamburg, Germany sees about 10 flights (each in and out) a day. That is just about 5% of the normal daily traffic.

    NemardaNemardaTime siden
  • The assassination of extroverted lifestyle by the novel coronavirus

    David CurryDavid Curry5 timer siden
  • covid test at check in...easy.If you have travel...if you dont..have a nice flight🙏🏻

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  • Leave it to Wendover to make a video about planes during a plague 😂 jk jk

    Schmetterling ::Schmetterling ::9 timer siden
  • So does that mean that Berlin Brandenburg Airport is going to get delayed further again?

    RaildriverRaildriver13 timer siden
  • If we lose our jobs can we get part time job?

    Poki PlayerPoki Player13 timer siden
  • It’s funny how airlines turn records profits but yet need bailouts for being out of work for a month 🤔

    Robert ColquhounRobert Colquhoun16 timer siden
  • honestly who cares if most of the legacy carriers go under. Horrible service, horrible food, etc...

    nvkulknvkulk20 timer siden
  • Serious question - how do CEO’s of airlines travel? Do they have private jets or do they just fly first class?

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  • 2021: “ let me tell you about a time when we used to have big flying machines called airplanes. Everyone has forgotten them so we need a little history lesson brought to you by wendover productions.”

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  • Guys, has anyone thought about wendover production's voice sound kind of exactly like HAI?

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  • Nice video, but How EXACTLY is aviation fighting for survival?

    Rick C.Rick C.Dag siden
  • This whole situation is really depressing. I wonder if this is how people feel in war-stricken areas under lockdown.

    • We haven't even reached 5% of the distress levels experienced by civilians in a war zone. Wait until riots and looting become regular occurrences, and you might get to 20-25%. At least you don't have bandits or the military opening fire on you when you're outside.

      Daniel BranescuDaniel Branescu6 timer siden
  • Nobody: Not a single soul: Wendover productions: PLANESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

    The Skeptical SkepticThe Skeptical SkepticDag siden
  • To be honest I really hope these major airlines fail and go bankrupt, allowing for new inovative airlines to fill their place. The Monopoly on air travel is obscene and needs to be fixed at least in America.

    Kyle BrownKyle BrownDag siden
  • I just hope once we pick up the pieces from this pandemic, we actually realize just how fragile this whole modern world and its systems are, and try to put in failsafes so everything can't just immediately shit itself instantly when new threats arise. We were unprepared, we're paying the price for that, but hopefully, especially since humans are so reactionary, it leads to a better world that is more resistant to unknown's, then the world we came from.

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  • But the Twitter-Checkmarks say the CEOs just want more money!

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  • Clean air happened in March 2020

    Ran KavikRan Kavik2 dager siden
  • Thank you God to send Covid19 for us for save our world environment .Stop global warming by Covid19 .Thank you God to stop Bad behavior from human on now.

    รักษ์ PhithakThaiรักษ์ PhithakThai2 dager siden
  • Bend over productions

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  • Climate Change is much more important than this ...

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  • Boo-hoo for airlines. Maybe they should have saved some money for a rainy day instead of buying back their own stocks for a decade. CEOs get paid in stock though, so gotta pump up that price! Liquidate the airlines, let them go bankrupt, and then new owners can operate them properly and without debt. That would result in lower prices and better service. Of course that won't happen. All the corporations will have a field day with the Fed handing out virtually infinite dollars, which they print out of thin air.

    mark clarkmark clark2 dager siden
  • This isn’t much of an issue! It’s not like they are going bankrupt they just have to give a month’s salary to their workers for free and they won’t make any profits for a month! It’s not much to live

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  • Cry me a river.... BILLIONS in profits spent on stock buy backs, less than 4% of profits were saved by the airlines..... DO NOT BAILOUT THE AVIATION INDUSTRY ⚖🇺🇸

    Teflon SmileTeflon Smile2 dager siden
  • Man my family is lucky... my dad is a aerospace engineer and he used to work for commercial airline companies like Boeing and Gulfstream. Just a couple years ago he transition to a government owned aviation company that builds military jets. So far he hasn’t lost any hours and his company is completely safe cuz it serves the government, while Boeing is cutting hours and laying people off

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  • You and Half as Interesting should do a collab and both do face reveals

    Kasen RatliffKasen Ratliff2 dager siden
  • This mess has left me without a job for at least the next 90 days

    Trixler293Trixler2932 dager siden
  • March, 2020. Whether you're watching this now or far in the future, that date will forever remain in people's minds as when the century's first pandemic emerged... Right after the 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic and the ongoing AIDS pandemic which has been a pandemic since the 1980s as well as the peripheral antibiotic resistance pandemic.

    centozocentozo2 dager siden
  • Another well thought, well produced video. Nice work, Sam.

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  • China Taiwan

    要钱不要命要钱不要命2 dager siden
  • I can't agree that when this is all over and the industry recovers that there will be a big change in the way we do air travel. ...other than maybe having different names on the planes. The 9/11 attack showed a flaw in the industry itself a lack of security. I cannot see a flaw in the industry here other than a lack of personal hygiene in airports. Having hand sanitizer stations everywhere may and I hope will become common like hospitals. After 9/11 Airports changed how they were designed, I don't see the same extremes here. More sanitizer stations aren't a big deal.

    Daniel LDaniel L2 dager siden
  • Xi jin ping is a great smart leader, his brave heroic action saved china from virus, this world so proud of china and xi, let china rules this world!! They are Just the best!!

    Rudolf HitlerRudolf Hitler2 dager siden
  • China should pay everyone compensations for allowing the wet markets to exist, cover up the numbers, silence critics speaking out about the virus and for their negligence about the whole thing.

    Nidhal25Nidhal252 dager siden
  • We need to go the herd immunity route .....or this will really fuck us up by October

    Will JamesWill James2 dager siden
  • 1. This didn't show up in my Subcriptions when uploaded. 2. <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="445">7:25</a> AA: We have to avoid the locations with a high infection rate. -Miami

    kurt lindnerkurt lindner2 dager siden
  • I have a authentic question which I would really appreciate if you answer. I get that when 9.11 took place aviation never returned to normal, because people still have that fear of terror and there Is always a possibility of it returning. However, if or when the coronavirus is illuminated from the world, humans don't have that fear of it returning spotaniously, due to he fact it's given international warning. So please answer this as I would really be intrueged genuinely.

    Motty BensusanMotty Bensusan3 dager siden
  • RIP flybe

    Isaac ChoiIsaac Choi3 dager siden
  • Disagree with the drop in oil prices helping airlines. Most airlines hedge their oil prices which means this drop does not actually reduce cost as they are obligated to buy oil at a certain agreed upon price before this crisis begins.

    Yami0to0hikariYami0to0hikari3 dager siden
  • China must pay for all the damage they caused.

    Blockchain ReactionBlockchain Reaction3 dager siden
  • how does rescue flight works?

    Jacko ChanJacko Chan3 dager siden
  • QF and VA did not cancel their entire domestic fleet. Get the fact not the exaggeration.

    Zhenqi YangZhenqi Yang3 dager siden
  • Let them fail. Bring on the hyper tubes.

    L0ngB0ard99L0ngB0ard993 dager siden
    • Maybe I'm a dumbass.

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  • *also what I felt/saw coming, the change in college. Most universities were going under, and just too expensive. Corona changed the campus experience to online basically overnight, crazy but some major educational changes were coming to the university experience sooner or later. I just didn't expect it to all happen so soon.*

    Veni Vidi AmaviVeni Vidi Amavi3 dager siden
  • *I'll be honest, I work for an airline and it's not their first rodeo. 9/11 was bad as well, and airlines and aviation are always hit hardest because it's just so expensive to keep the whole operation running. It's sad, but not unexpected that something had to stop the travel craze. Travel has become so common, so cheap, and tourism was ruining some a way, this gives the world some breathing space. It allows us to stop and think and enjoy life more and not take travel for granted, the ability to fly and see family and hug people. Anyways, great video. Delta even has the motto "nobody better connects the world", and I hope the day they can do that comes again soon, and for American, United, and all the others too*

    Veni Vidi AmaviVeni Vidi Amavi3 dager siden
  • Why are all the highest comments some attempt at a witty third person dialogue? Lmao

    Tyler JohnsonTyler Johnson3 dager siden
  • Aviation is the reason this became a global pandemic in a matter of weeks. We need to seriously rethink intercontinental air travel.

    Lisa BrownLisa Brown3 dager siden
  • you should rename your channel to FLYOVER

    Vladislav TodorovVladislav Todorov3 dager siden
  • Then usa was badly infected, so they cancelled flights to them

    Franklin D Roosevelt•75 years agoFranklin D Roosevelt•75 years ago3 dager siden
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="20">0:20</a> what about H1N1?

    SirchSirch3 dager siden
  • Thanks so much for voicing over Trump speaking. Music to my ears.

    Brandon BBrandon B3 dager siden
  • aviation is reason 1 for the rapid spread, - fuck aviation, PEOPLE ARE DYING.

    Troll KingTroll King3 dager siden
  • Wrong, flights to Iran were not cancelled!

    Seyed Mohammad NajafiSeyed Mohammad Najafi3 dager siden
  • In the annoucement you mention President Trump didn’t ban all travel from Europe to the US. He banned all travel from the Schengen zone, within Europe but not *all* of Europe. A small distinction but an important one, not helped by the media’s attention-grabbing headlines...

    Jacob PeatJacob Peat3 dager siden
  • Wendover: no other industry has been more negatively affected than the airlines Cruise industry: what are we, chopped liver?

    mnichols1979mnichols19793 dager siden
  • Just like WW1 and WW2, airplanes stopped flying until the war was over but with virus, and happened this year...

    Southwestern AirlineSouthwestern Airline3 dager siden
  • Good

    Dom BulDom Bul4 dager siden
  • I had to fly from Va to NYC last weekend for work and I got a $30 ticket (usually $150), and I was the only paying passenger on the Jet, the only other passengers were 2 pilots hitching a ride. I was happy about the cheap ticket but I knew airlines were about to be fucked.

    Jesse BogdonoffJesse Bogdonoff4 dager siden
  • I am sad they cannot over charge me for an extra pound on my bags, charge for the bags or any of the taxes they decide to charge so the bosses can get a bonus increase, and still treat us as traveling garbage.

    chaim0001chaim00014 dager siden
  • All these SeaTac shots, lol. Didn't know this bro was from WA

    Daryl V.Daryl V.4 dager siden
  • Good riddence for mother nature May be people can sue airlines for spreading a deadly virus to put a final nail on air line industry! Good for most of the common people on earth

    Hirusha AdikariHirusha Adikari4 dager siden
  • No offense, but airline industry should not have as much issue with rest of the economy. Every airline made billions every year, and should have a war chest with billions (not just invested). Look at Apple (well run company) and their large cash savings that should be over 200 billion to use to improve the company. Boeing made a ton of mistakes leading up to recent financial issues, including from 737 MAX. Boeing and their decision to go corporate with nick and dime'ing in development lead to the current issues. Stretch out the frame than pay for new designs. Modify engine housing (not completely round in some designs) so new efficient turbines can fit as the landing gears are much shorter than newer Airbus designs. So forth. Boeing needs to change management and philosophy, and maybe financial pressure will change that. Boeing previous bailout lead to stock buyback, and raises/bonuses for the management/executives. Boeing wanted free money to use as they please, and mismanage as usual. Government offered how much money to airline industry? Compare the amount to small business and individuals with bailout offered to airline industry. Compare the number of workforce impacted nationwide and compare it to the air industry. Do not know how airline industry qualifies as national security. Should they falter, sell to investors that will keep it running or new airlines will be created to fill the market need. It's not like Southwest Airlines is responsible for military equipment that secure the country. It's just a business. Not enough money? Cry me a river. Small businesses and average Americans are having severe issues. Unemployment has spiked to historic levels, but they are concerned their six/seven figure earnings/life style will be impacted. OMFG some people.

    Tae KimTae Kim4 dager siden
  • i live right near an airport and i dont see one plane land or take off from there

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  • Mother Nature needed a time out, the air is much fresher now

    Yasin YakoobiYasin Yakoobi4 dager siden
  • Donald Trump lied and people died

    Finely FrostFinely Frost4 dager siden
  • Lufthansa is pronounced LUFT HANSA

    DaveDave4 dager siden
  • It blows my mind of how much his voice has changed over the years. Keep going, bruv! Edit: what happened to TWL’s?

    Storyboard MakerStoryboard Maker4 dager siden
  • i have a feeling ALOT of airlines are going to go bankrupt this year and there won't be air travel anymore

    Angry Skeleton Corn ManAngry Skeleton Corn Man4 dager siden
  • I hope, that all western people, going to ignore all Chinese plains. I never used before and I’m not going to use in the future. Too scared of another surprise, witch comes up again.

    ScorpionScorpion4 dager siden
  • You always forget an island when you marked china.PLEASE MARK IT.

    jinshuo yujinshuo yu4 dager siden
  • This won´t be the last pandemic in the 21. century. A lot of deadly and drug resitant diseases are waiting to spread to humans or turn loose. Look up CWD in deer. It´s a fact and a matter of when not if. A lot of presidents sucks and the rich don´t give a f*ck about you. I think Airlines will automate even more after this crisis. Good Luck to you and your families!

    SaultheKingSaultheKing4 dager siden
  • Spoiler to Tom Scott presents Money. So hilarious to see Sam attacked in the show, just because someone else cheated.

    Jun Sian LeeJun Sian Lee4 dager siden
  • But..but this vid has an airplane in it!?! waanh! Waaaanhhh!!!

    Yan MarleYan Marle4 dager siden
  • I always like trains better than planes, because on trains, you are treated like passengers until proven a terrorist while on a plane, you are treated like terrorists until proven a passenger.

    james summersjames summers4 dager siden
  • putz on aal

    Nick's GarageNick's Garage4 dager siden
  • I feel like this video was sponsored by Big Avia

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  • Why do Americans say ai-ran and ai-rak but not ai-tally?

    Pallavi SanyalPallavi Sanyal4 dager siden
    • Maybe because they're not the brightest of all nations.

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