The 8 Flights That Show How COVID-19 Reinvented Aviation

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  • I would love to see a to an airport terminal shaped like a corona virus.

    Arindam KumarArindam Kumar3 ժամ առաջ
  • me being from the high desert watching wendover talk about victorville: *insert leonardo dicaprio pointing image*

    Jimmy AndersonJimmy Anderson13 ժամ առաջ
  • You have two huge assets on your productions : 1. The narrative and imaging selection, 2. And the research is impressive.

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  • This comment has nothing to do with anything. I’m just troubleshooting my internet connection. Have a nice day.

    Manny MontesinoManny Montesino8 օր առաջ
  • Lockdown restrictions lifted: Americans: immediately travel for leisure with absolutely disregard for safety. China meanwhile: daily cases under 50 for the whole country of 1.4 billion. Also Americans: blame China for everything.

    Jiajian HouJiajian Hou9 օր առաջ
  • Oh wow, I just realized how brilliant the thumbnail is.

    Thijs SnijderThijs Snijder9 օր առաջ
  • Covid is the biggest commie scam ever using a flu to take away our GOD given rights. Happy Resurrection Day to His people, THE HORRORS IF COMMUNISM CANNOT BE FORGOTTEN

    C JonesC Jones12 օր առաջ
  • I wonder which countries' citizens flew most during the lockdowns

    Erwin EspinosaErwin Espinosa21 օր առաջ
  • could your provide me with links for your references for my master's thesis ?

    Mohamed AhmedMohamed AhmedԱմիս առաջ
  • Covid-19 is an SCP.

    Joshua W56Joshua W56Ամիս առաջ
  • Chinas has not recovered from the COVID virus, and you are spreading Chinese propaganda by playing to their narrative, other than that your video is good but dont pander to the authoritarian regime bro.

    Andres MirandaAndres MirandaԱմիս առաջ
  • The videos I watched on CuriosityStream were grossly incorrect. I wrote them and they did not seem to care

    Chris MChris MԱմիս առաջ
  • Wendover believes ccp 19 recovery numbers

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  • Question....#5 why does it say Mitsubishi in front of CRJ-701Er?

    Turner9090Turner90902 ամիս առաջ
  • Pshhh from lab to human*

    Turner9090Turner90902 ամիս առաջ
  • Before Covid-19 pandemic ... the deplorable state of airlines with the going inflight passenger gong show provided many of the turnoffs to wanting to fly.

    Smallstudio DesignSmallstudio Design2 ամիս առաջ
  • I challenge you to a whole video where you only say sixth

    Andrew GeAndrew Ge2 ամիս առաջ
  • We need to expand railway network and minimize air traffic

    Rasmussen InvincibleRasmussen Invincible2 ամիս առաջ
  • There’s a pandemic and people are creating new flight routes to vacation on Mexico. SMH

    wokovereasywokovereasy2 ամիս առաջ
  • Man that Aspen route is just the US goverment playing an airline for pollusion services, lol.

    Nikolaj11Nikolaj112 ամիս առաջ
  • I really hate the line "this centuries first pandemic."

    Sham ShamSham Sham2 ամիս առաջ
  • The callous advertisement unusually hang because comparison canonically paste during a lazy argument. depressed, glossy pendulum

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  • Love the random shot of St. Maarten at 6:15 lol

    Donovan SmithDonovan Smith2 ամիս առաջ
  • 9:45 he's a cool dude, has boarded many of my flights at ohare

    Kevin LombardoKevin Lombardo2 ամիս առաջ
  • 0:56 wait a minute, this century's FIRST pandemic??

    Deniz ErniDeniz Erni2 ամիս առաջ
  • 13:31 An airplane's flight path was slightly twisted by a whirlwind.

    Mauri SombowadileMauri Sombowadile2 ամիս առաջ
  • Forever ? Lol.. wait for 2021 .aviation is gonna double

    Airbus A380-800Airbus A380-8002 ամիս առաջ
  • "The century's first pandemic" *nervously tugs at collar*

    Sean McDonaldSean McDonald2 ամիս առաջ
  • 8:19- What the Hell is a "Mitsubishi CRJ-701 ER"??? Did they send spies from Japan to Canada and completely rip off Bombardier's airliner right down to the name? ...of course not. You guys are flawed, to put it nicely...enough for me to say goodbye forever.

    Clay CassinClay Cassin3 ամիս առաջ
    • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries bought CRJ program from Bombardier, thus the name Mitsubishi. Just like how Bombardier CS series became Airbus A220 series

      Jeremy HawkinsJeremy Hawkins2 ամիս առաջ
  • Imagine going to Cabo during a plague... ugh.

    Robin BotRobin Bot3 ամիս առաջ
  • Wow, airlines and us elections. 2 pretty fascinating topics that rarely directly interacted. Cool vid 👍

    Red Jet 7059Red Jet 70593 ամիս առաջ
  • On-line meetings are most likely cutting into business meetings and travels. But can never replace leisure/ vacation travels.

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  • Hey folks check out my documentary on aviation during COVID-19

    EDDY the TravellerEDDY the Traveller3 ամիս առաջ
  • Love to hear the focus on Australia. Cheers!

    Stefan GebhardStefan Gebhard3 ամիս առաջ
  • The thumbnail image is quite ingenious being an airport terminal and a virus at the same time

    Nhat MinhNhat Minh3 ամիս առաջ
  • Thanks for nothing China

    Larry LlamaLarry Llama3 ամիս առաջ
  • I am very pleased that you said. "The Chinese narrative" About the Chinese recovery. My major is Chinese. I have friends all over China. My own fiancé, is having a hard time finding work. Just scam company after scan company. I will get her out next year. Thank you so much for saying those 3 world. "The Chinese narrative" I backtrack. You said that the Chinese virus recovery was fast. -_- Seriously? They are locking down whole cities because of "0 new cases" "Quick Building hospitals with capacity of tens of thousands" Not really a hospital, just location with limited medical equipments. For 12 official cases. It does not take a genius to figure out that they are lying Why did you close down the city and lock everybody up? 0 cases. Why did you create hospital facilities for 30000 people? 12 people are sick. It is crazy that anybody would believe this.

    Taiwan is a countryTaiwan is a country3 ամիս առաջ
    • @Theo Garcez yeah. What is your point?

      Taiwan is a countryTaiwan is a country2 ամիս առաջ
    • hey did you know that a virus spreads?

      Theo GarcezTheo Garcez2 ամիս առաջ
  • And I still have yet to even travel outside of the United States at all. Even within it, I haven't flown anywhere since July of 2005, when I visited Palm Beach, Florida.

    Colin RobertsColin Roberts3 ամիս առաջ
  • *I suddenly have an urge to fly to Cabo!*

    davocreativedavocreative3 ամիս առաջ
  • 0:59 - 'Century's first pandemic'. What??

    Navtesh DhirNavtesh Dhir3 ամիս առաջ
  • Saying that A380s won't return in 2023 when demand will be the same as it was in 2019 is stupid. The A380s were flying since 2010 for Qantas. Once things begin to pick up there's nothing to say they won't return within 12 months! There so so much rumor and stupidity right now, we can't predict what is going to happen so how about instead of spreading rumors we just let things take it's course. Otherwise the video was very interesting

    Northern Virtual AirlinesNorthern Virtual Airlines3 ամիս առաջ
  • In other words, this video shows the problem with the capitalist market. It is not sustainable during these times.

    Austin HernandezAustin Hernandez3 ամիս առաջ
  • Imagine believing that any information coming out of China right now is genuine. “China’s recovery is fast”. Yep, glad to see you read the script the CCP sent over to you.

    Psychlops 924Psychlops 9243 ամիս առաջ
    • @Harpoon McFierce you could say that. Especially considering they constantly lied about the coronavirus and knowingly allowed it to spread across Europe and the rest of the world. And that’s aside from the fact that they killed tens of millions of their own citizens through the Great Leap Forward, their one child policy, and running actual concentration camps for Uyghurs right now. The Chinese Communist Party needs to be held responsible for all of the death and economic destruction this pandemic has caused. In short, the Communist Party should be totally annihilated.

      Psychlops 924Psychlops 9243 ամիս առաջ
    • It sounds like you're not a big fan of China

      Harpoon McFierceHarpoon McFierce3 ամիս առաջ
  • "When there is demand, a company's excuse should never be that they couldn't act fast enough to capture it." Nvidia: Yes, but actually, no. Yep, I'm still salty about the 30 series launch.

    Rafael MarkosRafael Markos3 ամիս առաջ
  • Your conclusion seemed to suggest strict health measures, while at the same time pointed out the continued successes of Cabo and Cancún (prime examples of prioritizing the economy). In any case, it's never an either or - without the economy, people will not be healthy. They will die. COVID might kill 2% of the patients, but starvation kills 100%.

    Hilary in ExileHilary in Exile3 ամիս առաջ
  • 13:56 A blip of truth!

    Austin WoodsAustin Woods3 ամիս առաջ
  • 13:15 What?

    Austin WoodsAustin Woods3 ամիս առաջ
  • 13:50 Such a lie. 1) The two have nothing to do with each other, so don't say they correlate without offering proof and 2) China's business and leisure travel from the rest of the world is expected to be down by 1/3 well into the mid-2020s. They spent the last 20 years building their leisure travel side up and it is now decimated.

    Austin WoodsAustin Woods3 ամիս առաջ
    • While somewhat true, you can begin to rebuild travel industries with a depressed demand due to the virus. Chinese travel is also suffering because other nations have closed themselves off to everyone, including China

      Just Another GayboyJust Another Gayboy3 ամիս առաջ
  • Hi sam

    Andril A ChakrabortyAndril A Chakraborty4 ամիս առաջ
  • There is a certain percentage of aviation fuel in a barrel of crude oil that must be consumed, or storage will fall short, or cracking that kerosene to gasoline would be costly beyond the market price of the kerosene. This might be one of the hidden reasons behind a minimum choreography of the aviation industry, that this video has avoided to mention: Energy! Therefore, to have gasoline and diesel coming for land and sea transportation, aviation must be around, too. Interdependency between fuel types is a devil, indeed. Wail.

    SunRoadSunRoad4 ամիս առաջ
  • The a380 was doomed pre covid. Qantas are indeed “optimistic “.

    Jeff BourkeJeff Bourke4 ամիս առաջ
  • Tom Cruise

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    Justin SantiagoJustin Santiago4 ամիս առաջ
  • "China's virus recovery was fast." Remarkably, the number of cases drops to 0 when you stop testing.

    mariokarter13mariokarter134 ամիս առաջ
  • you are wrong about the youtube algoritm

    JariJari4 ամիս առաջ
  • Ayyy, Guam gets noticed by Wendover senpai

    Late Night ThinkerLate Night Thinker4 ամիս առաջ
  • Your videos have become really boring lately...make better content pls

    Debarshi BhattacharyyaDebarshi Bhattacharyya4 ամիս առաջ
  • he need a plane license

    SimpleGamingPCSimpleGamingPC4 ամիս առաջ
  • "In the Century first pandemic" Me: the *what*

    Chu 935Chu 9354 ամիս առաջ
  • I was expecting you to cover the flights to nowhere services too that got introduced in multiple parts of the world just because people were frustrated from the lock downs and just wanted to fly even if it meant getting back to the same place after few hours of flying.

    Kadamb GuptaKadamb Gupta4 ամիս առաջ
  • It pains me to see the CRJs being called Mitsubishi now. Shame bombardier has idiots at the top of management

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    Alejandro FernandezAlejandro Fernandez4 ամիս առաջ
  • What kind of psychopath puts their hand luggage on the x ray belt with the handle extended? That really disturbed me.

    Stuart HodgesStuart Hodges4 ամիս առաջ
  • Almost the entire airline industry is just pure luxury waste. Almost nobody ever NEEDS to take a flight, people just do it because they can and it's not that expensive. Less than 0.0001% of people who fly every REALLY have a good reason for flying.

    bob smithbob smith4 ամիս առաջ
  • i search *vhjxrfhlivh* and i saw this -_-

    JıʏυυッJıʏυυッ4 ամիս առաջ
  • Covid Impact - Me to my wife in 2022 : “honey let’s see which new flights are now operating and book a holiday to an available destination”.

    Sharath KrishnanSharath Krishnan4 ամիս առաջ
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    Денис БыченкоДенис Быченко4 ամիս առաջ
  • "Watch the extended cut on Neb...." closes window, switches to Nebula ... No subtitles switches back to AMwine

    Shuhrat UrinovShuhrat Urinov4 ամիս առաջ
  • "Leesure"?

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  • 0:57 "the century's first pandemic"? Maybe you meant "the decade's first pandemic", because SARS and Ebola both peaked in the early 2000s and the mid-2010s respectively.

    jalabi99jalabi994 ամիս առաջ
    • Those weren't pandemics. They were epidemics. A pandemic is a huge global health crisis, while an epidemic is a mostly regional, easily curbed disease.

      VqlcanoVqlcano4 ամիս առաջ
  • United is only flying to get a stimulus pack from the feds

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  • re-invented ?? you mean ruined don't you . Quantas is the first airline to have announced their intention disallow any person who can not show proof of CV vaccination (after it is released obviously) from flying .

    midnight teapotmidnight teapot4 ամիս առաջ
  • WOW, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT MITSUBISHI MANUFACTURES THE CRJ SERIES OF AIRCRAFT?!?! Really Wendover?? How can you be so spot on with all the other content of the vid but botch a minor detail like saying Mitsubishi rather than Bombardier?? It really hurts the credibility of your channel.

    D O Double GD O Double G4 ամիս առաջ
    • @Jeremy Hawkins really??? Well now don't I feel stupid. No idea how I missed that story. I'll give this response a chance to post & you to read it & then I'll delete my comment. Thank you for not only correcting me, but doing it in a polite & respectful way...I wish more people would be respectful when commenting & replying the way you did. 😉👍👍✌️

      D O Double GD O Double G2 ամիս առաջ
    • Mitsubishi bought the CRJ program from Bombardier, thus CRJ is marketed as Mitsubishi’s. Just like how Airbus acquired Bombardier CS series and marketed it as A220

      Jeremy HawkinsJeremy Hawkins2 ամիս առաջ
  • 13:36 The airport's name (天河) is actually pronounced as "tee-Ann her"

    Zhi Han LeeZhi Han Lee4 ամիս առաջ
  • 0:57 You forgot SARS, Zika, Ebola, H5N1 & H1N1 (& maybe H7N9 too?)

    Zhi Han LeeZhi Han Lee4 ամիս առաջ
    • @Zhi Han Lee The H1N1 flu might technically be a pandemic, but you cant really put it in the same class as a disease we had never seen before up to that point, like COVID. Also, MERS was a relatively small outbreak of a coronavirus that didn't spread too fast, and was contained fairly easily. That falls under the category of an epidemic.

      VqlcanoVqlcano3 ամիս առաջ
    • @Vqlcano I remember H1N1 was classified at the highest of WHO's 6 levels though (& as a pandemic even faster than CoViD-19). & what about MERS too?

      Zhi Han LeeZhi Han Lee3 ամիս առաջ
    • SARS, Zika, and Ebola are all epidemics, while any variant of the flu is an endemic. He was right.

      VqlcanoVqlcano4 ամիս առաջ
  • But how does this relate to a toyota corolla? 🤔

    UFCMania155UFCMania1554 ամիս առաջ
  • Easy way to get people flying again = have individual clear plastic head helmets (sort of like space-suit helmets) that each person wears, and it has fresh air pumped into it from the outside (via a small tube that comes down from the ceiling of the cabin) so that there is no risk of breathing in someone else's breath that might contain virus particles. This would work on short flights where there is no need to use the bathroom or to eat any dinner.

    Men Guarding Their Own WalletsMen Guarding Their Own Wallets4 ամիս առաջ
  • Nothing much to do with this vid directly, but I did see the very last Qantas 747 leave Australia for the final time, drawing a Qantas Kangaroo in the sky with their flight path bound for LA, then Mojave. It certainly shows how the virus has impacted aviation, forcing them to bring future retirements forward drastically

    Aidan CastleAidan Castle4 ամիս առաջ
  • 6:10 “From desperation comes invention,” Kronika (MK11)

    Dudes AssembleDudes Assemble4 ամիս առաջ
  • The 737 Max is back bby

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  • There was also the Lufthansa A380 repatriation flight to Auckland, A350 to Fiji and Nepalese A330 to Brisbane

    BiponacciBiponacci4 ամիս առաջ
  • Define "forever".

    Massimo BoscoMassimo Bosco4 ամիս առաջ
  • I would take the CCP's "miraculous" COVID recovery numbers with a huge grain of salt. It's more likely that China has tried to suppress the real numbers and try to continue as though nothing is wrong. They need to do this b/c they have a huge cash flow problem right now with investors being wary of their markets. Let's also be honest, the CCP could care less for the safety of their constituents and more for their bottom line while their undesirables suffer.

    deer hunterdeer hunter4 ամիս առաջ
  • 13:32 what's that swirl on the route? Or was it just added in the FX and does not represent the approximate actual flight path?

    IvorIvor4 ամիս առաջ
  • Politics: the art of using euphemisms, lies, emotionalism and fear-mongering to dupe average people into accepting--or even demanding--their own enslavement. Larken Rose

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  • Why don't wendover make this video offline 😦

    Soumitra BSoumitra B4 ամիս առաջ
  • Annnnndddd We’re back on lockdown. 🙃SoCal USA.

    Joey PoppyseedJoey Poppyseed4 ամիս առաջ
  • Many A380s are getting stored or retired earlier than expected. Kinda sad, but not surprising. Quad jets are always the first to suffer when passenger numbers go down. Also, WN is pushing into major airlines hubs like Miami, Houston-Bush, and even O'Hare. And United is also looking to go back to JFK.

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  • "You See--"

    SamtemberSamtember5 ամիս առաջ
  • 14:04. Listen up every trump supporter

    SaSpursfanSaSpursfan5 ամիս առաջ
  • You should talk about how more people died of starvation in 3rd world countries due to the lockdown of first world countries.

    ziploxianziploxian5 ամիս առաջ
  • Some airlines in Europe are offering sight seeing flights. I was on one of them on a A220.

    KNABKNAB5 ամիս առաջ
  • how disgusting that China ruins everything everywhere in this world

    Neus_SamohtNeus_Samoht5 ամիս առաջ
  • I would love longer videos. The complexity of the most interesting topics requires lengthy explanation to fully understand them. My favorite videos on AMwine are at least 1,5 hours long. Hopefully humans attention span will increase from this ever shortest and worst in history.

    Klaudia StaudingerKlaudia Staudinger5 ամիս առաջ
  • Why are people still flying??!?!?!! This is why we haven't beat covid :(

    Adam WithersAdam Withers5 ամիս առաջ
    • No it isn't. The flights aren't the ones spreading COVID, it's idiot anti maskers who don't realize that they would have had their mask off in 2 months instead of over a year if they just followed the rules.

      VqlcanoVqlcano4 ամիս առաջ
  • Covid=nonsense. Thre test isn't saying much

    der Volldrostender Volldrosten5 ամիս առաջ
  • I recently had a chance to ask the COO of Southwest about the PHX to Cabo flights. He told me that Southwest plans to keep the PHX to Cabo flights going even after COVID-19, and as you have deduced correctly, they are adding destinations to where leisure travelers go such as Denver, Palm Springs, etc. (but I assume that's only if the demand is still there).

    Jeffrey WangJeffrey Wang5 ամիս առաջ
  • creepy donald

    GroovyVideo2GroovyVideo25 ամիս առաջ
  • powerful conclusion!! i fear a lot of governments are underestimating the potential long term damage caused by prolonging the health crisis for the sake of short term economic benefits

    ClarenceClarence5 ամիս առաջ