COVID-19: How Aviation is Fighting for Survival

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  1. DaBudKing
    Dag geleden

    So I think I’m starting to understand why they made HAI! All of HAI videos are around 4:30 to 6 minutes long, where Wendover and RLL are usually around 10 to 16 minutes long I just don’t know how exactly making a new channel is profitable compared to just making a new series on a well established and viewed channel like Wendover... while HAI is catching up they still have about 1 million subscribers less.... with that said Sam if you hear me make a video on it Please!!!!

  2. Oscar Rincón
    Oscar Rincón
    25 dagen geleden

    0:22 "The century's first pandemic began" The 2009 H1N1 influenza: Am I a joke to you?

  3. Keith Yong
    Keith Yong
    Maand geleden

    The worst affected industry is live entertainment I'd say. Musicians, performers, technical crew and equipment providers that make these things happen. Mothballed for two years or more.

  4. CS Anton
    CS Anton
    3 maanden geleden

    Wendovr said it himself in 3:21 the ban of Trump from Europe was unprecedented and yet the demorats kept pushing this narrative hat Trump hadn done enough as if Joe is an effin genius

    1. Patrick E
      Patrick E
      7 dagen geleden

      It was already too late for New York.

  5. Dantastic
    4 maanden geleden

    You need to start adding your own reference so we can cite this video!

  6. Dimi R
    Dimi R
    4 maanden geleden

    Ask me who imagrate from europe to the us during the pandemic

  7. Edwin
    4 maanden geleden

    what do you mean 'never before seen, 10 yes ago before ayf tet rose we saw something 1000x worse. in a 100 years, ppl will laugh at covid.

  8. J H
    J H
    4 maanden geleden

    I work on the ramp for delta, and my wife works for SouthWest as a flight attendant. It’s crazy how fast life can change. In February we received the largest profit sharing bonus any company has ever paid out ever. Now we’re hanging on for dear life. 2020 has been a hell of a ride.

  9. David
    5 maanden geleden

    thanks for this analysis. I would add something more. The recalibration of society has been very marked including the move from cash, the trend for staycationing and the one that would most affect airlines post Covid recovery... the likely huge loss of Business customers as companies use video calling and virtual means. It would seem likely that all but the most important trips would end and with it the expensive travel/hotel junket culture.

  10. Shubhang Jain
    Shubhang Jain
    5 maanden geleden

    He said “the century’s FIRST PANDEMIC.” I’m ded

  11. Rachel McClain
    Rachel McClain
    6 maanden geleden

    Can you make a video on how airlines decide which planes to put on a route?

  12. Ellenor Bjornsdottir
    Ellenor Bjornsdottir
    6 maanden geleden

    The spot for Cathay Pacific was in Shanghai. Boo

  13. Yakov Matityahu
    Yakov Matityahu
    6 maanden geleden

    I am sorry for all airlines who lost their money and all pilots and airhostess who lost their jobs...I pray that Airlines return to normal and get their revenue back🙏🙏

  14. lordoftheflings
    6 maanden geleden

    why you hiding?

  15. Owl Enigma
    Owl Enigma
    6 maanden geleden

    I saw this unravel from the USS Eisenhower... It felt really quick as I saw the news from China, to Washington State... Damn... That was a long deployment...

  16. Unknown Google h
    Unknown Google h
    6 maanden geleden

    6 feet not enough to. I would stay as far as I could

  17. Ameha K
    Ameha K
    6 maanden geleden

    august 2020, sitll social distancing in america because of trump's idiocy. i honestly feel that my life before febuary 2020 was all just a dream and never really happened.

  18. Lucky Flyer 0_0
    Lucky Flyer 0_0
    6 maanden geleden

    Why do people pronounce Iran as I-ran? No one say Italy as I-tally....

  19. Ryan Ritchey
    Ryan Ritchey
    6 maanden geleden

    I was studying abroad in France at the time travel was shut down. Soon after we were told to leave within 16 hours and i had the fun job of finding a reasonable flight home. Thank the lord for KLM who I was able to get home with under $600 at the time.

  20. Papa Gato
    Papa Gato
    7 maanden geleden

    It is still getting wrose we are not doing well so it is better closed the border to stop letting people in ಠ,_」ಠand shut down the airport overseas . I don't want to keep living like this.

  21. Reno Agasthya
    Reno Agasthya
    7 maanden geleden

    me: *saw a news about a330 skid off a runway* also me: i wonder how much people does that plane carried news: 14 passenger with 12 crews also me again: wow, aviation isnt going to survive is it?

  22. Svampmoln
    7 maanden geleden

    When (if) everything opens up and restrictions are lifted I think some travel and tourist activities will bounce back hard, at least initially. I´m only taking 3 weeks vacation this summer and saving 3,5 weeks in the hopes that I can fly somewhere either this winter or early next year and it's seems most people I know are thinking the same way. Saving vacation days for when travel is possible.

  23. billy burr
    billy burr
    7 maanden geleden

    Wear a full wrap-around set of eye goggles (like the type sold for painters at Home Depot), and an N-95 respirator mask (also sold at Home Depot), and you will have ZERO RISK of catching any virus. The problem is : Why are those N-95 masks no longer available at Home Depot ????

  24. Avery Teoda
    Avery Teoda
    7 maanden geleden

    A LOT of the airport stock footage is from Seatac, which was (probably) the first port of entry for COVID in the US. Clever, if that was intentional.

  25. Kayla Kat Hernandez
    Kayla Kat Hernandez
    7 maanden geleden

    "As it is a brand new virus" lol

  26. AdoboTravels
    7 maanden geleden

    I miss traveling, good to see SeaTac again 6:38, it's been forever :'(

  27. Rodrigo Tassara
    Rodrigo Tassara
    7 maanden geleden

    Aviation in my third world is dead, many airlines have already gone broke and there are bout 5 daily flights

  28. Ikcatcher
    7 maanden geleden

    It feels weird hearing the Half as Interesting guy talking and not making a joke every five seconds

  29. JI Rony
    JI Rony
    8 maanden geleden

    Wendover likely has airplane porn in his computer.

  30. Aaditya
    8 maanden geleden

    Why is all the stock footage from Seattle?

  31. Battlemore
    8 maanden geleden

    Please guys, do stay at home as I wanna be a pilot

  32. Q W
    Q W
    8 maanden geleden

    Sam loves planes and only planes

  33. KS
    8 maanden geleden

    My Son is a Pilot for Delta and is still flying out of Seattle but if enough Pilots don’t accept their early retirement package, he’ll be unemployed October 1.

  34. Gravity
    8 maanden geleden

    2:57 Perfect time to ban travel, when I was in the US... However, I came back to Europe (as planned on March 17th) but they cancelled my Lufthansa flights and moved me to United...

  35. Penguin King
    Penguin King
    8 maanden geleden

    Ohhhh. Does a 70% cure count as a cure???

  36. Daniel Moolman
    Daniel Moolman
    8 maanden geleden

    The airlines have spent the last decade ramping up fees and not ensuring their survivability or becoming greener, and now they want to be paid to not go bankrupt. I hate to say it but it’s their fault.

  37. Andrew Nelson
    Andrew Nelson
    8 maanden geleden

    Hi Sam. You're doing good work. Carry on.

  38. Salty Cadet
    Salty Cadet
    8 maanden geleden

    lol, even in peace italy's borders are a sieve

  39. Cameo Six
    Cameo Six
    9 maanden geleden

    Coronavirus grounds all planes around the world Boeing 737 : You can't ground me. I am already grounded

  40. Flashstar 123
    Flashstar 123
    9 maanden geleden

    China: coronavirus outbreak USA: Travel ban But still allows American citizens to come in. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️moment

  41. Keiya
    9 maanden geleden

    I mean by most metrics covid-19 is worse than 9/11. Number of people killed, difficulty of reestablishing safety, total economic impact... pretty much everything but malice.

    1. Trainhead
      7 maanden geleden

      I mean your comparing a global virus to a terrorist attack, both are bad, but one is obviously gonna have bigger numbers

  42. The Chosen One
    The Chosen One
    9 maanden geleden

    I'm two months into the future. I say, "It's time for the world to open back up." The longer lock-down goes, the worse our situation becomes.

  43. Applesauce Lord
    Applesauce Lord
    9 maanden geleden

    0:22 isn’t sars the first pandemic?

  44. Farhan Nuzhadiwa
    Farhan Nuzhadiwa
    9 maanden geleden

    Everyone : close flying to shut down Coronavirus spread Indonesia government : so anyway, i start flying

  45. John Piek
    John Piek
    9 maanden geleden

    Mass Transit Genius Issue at hand and how most of this did not have to happen using simple health protocols: The FAA of major NYC/state airport hubs listens to the CDC and Trump WH/Cuomo/states. It seems like from January to April 1 2020 Trump and Cuomo did not even communicate about airline hubs (where are the record of communications of Trump/Cuomo to each other ?). Airport hubs caused most of the (100,000 into May 2020) deaths from covid 19 virus by serving as a super spreader Jet conduit. Any handling it even a bit better would have could deaths down substantially including ventilators (which are in no way related to the spread). Vents are not even an issue here. Who is not doing their job at the WH, state and airport hubs? Trump's solution was to buy GOLD, WPM and HCQ an anti viral in France and used in USA.

  46. Joseph Cohen
    Joseph Cohen
    9 maanden geleden

    don't want to kill your buzz, but forever is a long time. It will remain in people's mind's until they forget, which is always sooner than you think

  47. Takeoff With Charlie Aviation
    Takeoff With Charlie Aviation
    9 maanden geleden

    I made a tribute video if you all want to see how strong aviation really is!

  48. Jake Habib
    Jake Habib
    9 maanden geleden

    As someone who works in finance, I’d like to point something out. These companies are multi-BILLION dollar organizations... why did they all come asking for help after a week or two? Stock buybacks. They take their profit, and artificially boost their stock price instead of saving it. Had they saved even a fraction of their profits from the last few years we’d be looking at a much different situation. I’m 110% all for free market pretty much everything - except these stock buybacks. You shouldn’t be allowed to artificially boost your company’s price, then screw millions of people out of their retirement plans when it crashes, then ask those same people they screwed to bail them out.

  49. furiousninja
    9 maanden geleden

    What is the use of cheap fuel when no flights is in the air and whenever that happens fuel will increase

  50. Zac Lew
    Zac Lew
    9 maanden geleden

    I started my first Airline Pilot job in March 2020. Years of school and work experience to get my dream job, just to be laid off in the same month.

    1. zachanikwano
      6 maanden geleden

      Zac Lew Sorry, man. When this is over, I hope you get your dream job back.

  51. Ved Daga
    Ved Daga
    9 maanden geleden

    He sounds so suspenceful

  52. Matt Niedbala
    Matt Niedbala
    10 maanden geleden

    Calling all avgeeks so far we have lost American 757's, 767's, E190's and A330-300's Virgin Atlantic 747's, A346's Delta MD88's and MD90's United 757's Interjet FlyBe AirItaly Eurowings although the airlines were struggling prior to this, the wuhan virus was the final nail on the coffin

  53. alan6832
    10 maanden geleden

    Have airlines substitutes smaller aircraft for larger ones on international routes? how are such substitutions limited by range? limited by availability of smaller aircraft with adequate range? Are such aircraft refueling more along the way? at Gander, Anchorage etc? You say elsewhere that cargo planes are refueling at Anchorage, but are downsized passenger planes doing this as well?

  54. PiaNoONE
    10 maanden geleden

    I have a hope, that in the same way 9/11 made airlines and airports take security much more seriously, the COVID-19 pandemic will make airlines take hygiene more seriously, so we could fly in planes without worrying about becoming sick from just touching the tray in front of me. But this is probably just wishful thinking

  55. Conan Shing
    Conan Shing
    10 maanden geleden

    “ I am never going to financially recover from this” 😂

  56. Mo n
    Mo n
    10 maanden geleden

    That logo over your face tho 😂😂... glad you guys took part of something cool

  57. COLMECTI Colmecti
    COLMECTI Colmecti
    10 maanden geleden

    i just bought curiosty stream with your link and also got nebula :D

  58. Patrick Barnard
    Patrick Barnard
    10 maanden geleden

    Aviation: Exists. Wendover Productions: It’s free real estate.

  59. O J Marin
    O J Marin
    10 maanden geleden

    Really bad.

  60. Samyak Javaria
    Samyak Javaria
    10 maanden geleden

    A great explanation, This helped me do my online homework of blog writing on a controversial topic Thanks Wendover Productions!!!

  61. JangoBK
    10 maanden geleden

    Fairly certain it started in December 2019, not March 2020

  62. Parker Kavcich
    Parker Kavcich
    10 maanden geleden

    Nice videography at Sea-Tac, love that airport!

  63. weakpass
    10 maanden geleden

    On the oil price, a lot of airlines have years long fuel contracts at fixed price, which they stipulate to avoid volatility in that market. So I am really not sure how many will benefit from those. If anything, fuel companies will...

  64. Wot Wot
    Wot Wot
    10 maanden geleden

    The focus should be the workers, not the Airlines. It's amusing that this video casually brushes off Chinese Airlines that survive since their Gov't owned. Remember, Gov't is the people. Title should be "How Aviation in 'Democratic Countries' fight for their lives"

  65. Richard L
    Richard L
    10 maanden geleden

    Unless they gonna screen everyone temp and require everyone wear mask is just not safe in the plane no matter how much cleaning is done.

  66. Noah H
    Noah H
    10 maanden geleden

    Someone is practically stealing this video, a channel called real life lore 2 please strike them

  67. Bubba Opera
    Bubba Opera
    10 maanden geleden

    It effected me too. The ban to and from Europe.

  68. Wh0_Am_ 1
    Wh0_Am_ 1
    10 maanden geleden

    H1N1 was a pandemic.

  69. 1234kalmar
    10 maanden geleden

    Wanna bet even as you read this comment, the Airline board of directors and CEOs are giving themselves massive bonuses?

  70. 1234kalmar
    10 maanden geleden

    Well... It's survival is kind of guaranteed. maybe it won't be these companies that continue air travel, but at this point to our modern society, it's so importan, whatever gaps will be in aviation, someone will step in and fill it.

  71. Jack Bridge
    Jack Bridge
    10 maanden geleden

    I thought this was gonna be about birds lol

  72. lascius - black
    lascius - black
    10 maanden geleden

    bad history

  73. Steven Zeng
    Steven Zeng
    10 maanden geleden

    COVID -19 it’s tell people if all of word are not doing anything , they leave honest and true nature , and make China does whatever China want ,the whole world will pay a lot of things.

  74. Perry Talledo
    Perry Talledo
    10 maanden geleden


  75. Trong Khai Nguyen
    Trong Khai Nguyen
    10 maanden geleden

    There might be no industry more severely impacted by Covid-19. The Tourism Industry: wait.....what?

  76. K
    10 maanden geleden

    Loyalty? Where was that loyalty when they hit me with a $50 fee for a luggage that was 1-2lbs overweight?

  77. Zerkbern
    10 maanden geleden

    Wow. New AND novel.

  78. maxsmodels
    10 maanden geleden

    From what I have seen the public loves to vent and wish doom to the airlines at times like this. You might do a video on what will happen if they get their wish. What will it be like if the USA only has 3 or 4 airlines left after this.

  79. mai mai mai
    mai mai mai
    10 maanden geleden

    trump: the virus is a lie from the demokrats

  80. Berend Noë
    Berend Noë
    10 maanden geleden

    I mean, I can't say I'm sorry for them. Saving the airlines with government funds is critically unfair. It would mean profit passes on to shareholders but losses pass on to the taxpayer. Now is the time to invest in railways, or other forms of rapid intercity transport, which is less polluting and not so prone to market fluctuations.

  81. S C
    S C
    10 maanden geleden

    Covid19 Is not the first pandemic of the century. That's the swine flu...

  82. B Dahl
    B Dahl
    10 maanden geleden

    Accept for a few major cities run by Democrats the U.S. greatly over estimated the effects of covid 19. if they would of shut down one industry for one month those effects would have been cut by 90% and saved trillions of dollars and lives. The passenger airline industry.

  83. Ruben Emblem
    Ruben Emblem
    10 maanden geleden

    I want to become a pilot, but with this pandemic, it’s questionable sadly...

    1. Ismail Hamza
      Ismail Hamza
      9 maanden geleden

      Same , was planning to become an Airline Pilot after completing my SE degree. But i feel its much safer to go with my current field

    2. Dominik Hofmann
      Dominik Hofmann
      10 maanden geleden

      I mean, it's sad to have to think that way, but realistically once the effects and measures taken to stop the spread, and of course the virus itself, cease, most airlines (or whatever of them are left) will probably have gotten rid of their senior personnel and require a whole new fleet of personnel, including flight crew, since to an airline a newbie first officer is always cheaper than their most senior captain.

  84. Jayant Jha
    Jayant Jha
    10 maanden geleden

    I learn a lot through this channel. Keep going mate! Love from India

  85. David Bodor
    David Bodor
    10 maanden geleden

    Maybe when all the companies fold, government can step in and privatized airlines will not be a thing anymore. Well, except in the US, bc the US loves late-stage capitalism and paying absurd amounts for air travel.

  86. john apple
    john apple
    10 maanden geleden

    I saw both your videos... you dont understand oil markets. Saudi and Russia increased production by at most 3 million barrels. The fall in demand is around 20 to 30 million barrels per day. Thier price war does nothing.

  87. Make Friends Stream
    Make Friends Stream
    10 maanden geleden

    WWE universe sayin...,,,. CHINA SUCKS, CHINA SUCKS, CHINA SUCKS ,CHINA SUCKS,🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  88. MLGdigimon
    10 maanden geleden

    Air ✈️

  89. Zaid Moreno
    Zaid Moreno
    10 maanden geleden

    Nobody is going to want to fly anymore. I’m taking a vacation by car to Yosemite instead.

  90. Grand Troll
    Grand Troll
    10 maanden geleden

    This is só good for nature. Really happy about it.

  91. BioMed 3D
    BioMed 3D
    10 maanden geleden

    Nice video. For education purposes, recommend another animation showing how coronavirus replicates and how Remdesivir kills COVID-19 virus : @

  92. Nick.m
    10 maanden geleden

    I know you're half as interesting u can't hide your secrets

  93. Maen M.
    Maen M.
    10 maanden geleden

    Does this mean longer check-in times in the future? Like screening for fever?

  94. Cole Phelps
    Cole Phelps
    10 maanden geleden

    The reports of the death of the airline industry are greatly exaggerated. There were people willing to travel during COVID and would have had those flights not been cancelled. Millions on millions of people have flight credits. Waiting for the green light.

  95. Shagarty Maths
    Shagarty Maths
    10 maanden geleden

    March 20th?! Covid-19 was announced to the world in late December.

  96. TwaT Crash
    TwaT Crash
    10 maanden geleden

    The lack of air travel must be good for the environment though, right?

  97. Pranav Goyal
    Pranav Goyal
    10 maanden geleden

    Its not the first pandemic of the century 0:22

  98. Hexa Promos
    Hexa Promos
    10 maanden geleden

    A: Funny B: No

  99. shivraj mahadevan
    shivraj mahadevan
    10 maanden geleden

    i done feel very proud or anything u jutthe atifaction.but i am feeling good for the other proffeion for having their u know own buiene

  100. shivraj mahadevan
    shivraj mahadevan
    10 maanden geleden

    being from medical background i am ecure of my job lo or o for other medical job,but i feel bad for aviation indutry.for the next 2 year people will think twice before going to fly