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Tim Fischer (8 hours ago)
Why not reroute the cheap airlines through Alaska? I bet that one empty airport in Alaska would love more flights happening.
Shovel Games (15 hours ago)
Russia is a cunt! They close their airspace from everyone but keep breaking Finlands airspace and we don’t like it cuz we are kinda enemies
Stephen Pawlik (15 hours ago)
You didn't mention how Russia shoots down commercial airlines.
Joel Grayson (16 hours ago)
Seriously, Russia. Russian air should be international air.
Ross Webster (1 day ago)
This is probably my favorite video on this channel. My mom and dad also enjoyed it. Having lived in Anchorage in the late 60s and 70s they remember the days when the city was such an international hub. They also saw the meeting between President Nixon and Japanese Emperor Hirohito there.
TheHumanKazoo (1 day ago)
is any video you make not sponsored?
Scott Bond (2 days ago)
Umm You are wrong, there are many dozens of flights through Anchorage everyday. Because not all planes fly to Japan. Actually most go through to continental US, Cargo planes take off over my office in Anchorage every 30 mins,. That makes me doubt most of your videos.
Gavin Jackson (2 days ago)
4:40, American airliner:this is United Air, alerting you we're entering your airspace. Russian control: WHO THE BLYAT IS ENTERING THE MOTHERLAND (In a 1$ mic)
Tormund Giantsbane (2 days ago)
SAS really pionered arctic flying.
Charlie Clown (3 days ago)
Russia act like Russia first. Okay.
Madison One (3 days ago)
Russia is downright stupid. Russia’s airline systems are still in bad shape. Here is what Russia needs to do: Set up international airline with non-Russian planes. Upgrade airports. Train pilots in English & Flying. Train their pretty stewardesses in English & Chinese. Air Travel is a boon to Russia like oil with its land mass & travel rights.
Henry Cole (4 days ago)
This video is pretty incorrect about Anchorage. There are daily international flights using the North Satellite terminal, and it is also the fourth busiest cargo handling airport in the world.
พิตตินันท์ จันทร์ศรี (5 days ago)
If those budget airlines dares flying into airspace of the Russian Federation,Do you know what is waiting for them? Obviously,It’s Russian Air force ‘s MiG-31s And Su-35s Fighters that was scrambled up to intercept them!
Ryan Daniel (5 days ago)
Thanks Russia. Have we found a more worthless country and people?
Anton Savidi (5 days ago)
Why do you exclude Crimea from Europe and Ukraine?
Current Batches (6 days ago)
It is Russia's 'airspace', and to whine that 'economy' carriers don't get to use it is akin to suggesting that Russia is being unfair to those who don't want to pay a lot to fly someplace. Sort of like those whining that the seats in tourist class aren't as comfortable as those in business class.
SCUBAelement (7 days ago)
Thanks for the learning!!
Harry Eva (8 days ago)
Just fly over the country you don’t exactly need permission as they can’t actually force you to land your plane if you don’t want to and they aren’t going to shoot down a fully loaded passenger plane
Russ Williams (8 days ago)
I lived in Anchorage for 7 years in the early 00's. Three miles from airport. I assure you they have multiple flights daily. Passenger and freight. Most freight from Asia passes through Anchorage. Lots of USPS planes also. KAL, KLM, UNITED, DELTA, etc... passengers flights daily. Trust me I could see the passengers in the planes as they came directly over my house for landing.
HJB (8 days ago)
Interesting aspects. Thx 4 it
Ginkgo biloba (8 days ago)
What's the name of the town in the footage at 6:55 ?
mrViss (8 days ago)
critisizing Russia for controlling their airspace and closing it for US planes while ignoring the reason of the illegal 'intervention' in Syria. the US has no business there or any other place beyond it's borders . poor judgement.
Patryk Cetnarski (8 days ago)
Fuck you, Russia. Obstructing the evolution of mankind.
Kode_2005 (9 days ago)
3:58 SUOMI MAINITTU!!!
Common_C3nts (10 days ago)
I would rather fly 1 or 2 more hours than to give money to russia. What is wrong with these people???
achpRu (10 days ago)
This video is factually incorrect. It is true that the SU in early 50s was a tightly closed and hostile country. But the principal reason why you had to take the 36-hour-long Southern route to Tokyo back then was aircraft having so short operation ranges. Even if SU were an open country at that time, flying this route would require nearly as many stops, say, LON-MOW-SVX-OVB-HTA-KHV-TYO. But this would be far less feasible commercially because the Southern route served several densely populated (even if poor) Asian countries with strong commercial ties to Europe, so these destinations might be also served and provided profit to the airlines. Then the video ignores the fact that SU slowly opened during 60s and 70s. The "Trans-Siberian route" for flights LON-MOW-TYO and PAR-MOW-TYO became operational by 1970, provided that Aeroflot, JAL, and BOAC/AF all had commercial rights for the whole route. During the following decade other destinations in Europe, such as CPH, FRA and ROM, were added. Why did airlines use Anchorage at the same time? Because Soviet airports didn't have the necessary equipment to accommodate widebodies such as B747. Flights through Soviet airspace were therefore limited to narrow-body jets till late 80s. Thus, the claim this video makes, that the "Trans-Siberian route" only opened after SU collapsed, is factually incorrect.
Trump Ivanka (3 days ago)
This Video was made as an eye and ear candy for the russophile Trolls , nothing else.
T.K. Baha (10 days ago)
6:46 Lufthansa is stationed in Frankfurt am Main, not in Berlin.
Shingo Nakazato (11 days ago)
Russia being an asshat is pretty normal since Ivan the Terrible.
Richard S (11 days ago)
The Panama Canal of the skies
Richard S (11 days ago)
Russia has a different type of capitalism. In some places in Russia you have to pay to use their public washrooms
Rui Lourenço (11 days ago)
Eh, one more reason to just fly Emirates if you can afford it.
Vladilen Kalatschev (11 days ago)
in the 60-70 there were some code share flights between Aeroflot and such airlines as JAL and KLM using Aeroflot aircrafts with mixed cabin crews. It was done in order to fly over the SU
Davy Ker (12 days ago)
Why do you keep saying Siberian overflight rights? The routes go over the whole length of Russia, not just Siberia...
Artemij Brem (12 days ago)
Great video. Also thanks for recognizing and accepting the will of crimean people and showing crimea as a rightful russian territory.
wkdravenna (13 days ago)
fuck communism !
FerTitanRBLX (13 days ago)
Actually some few non-soviet airlines flew to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, for example, JAL (Japan Airlines) flew to the Soviet Union with a agreement with Aeroflot from 1967 to 1969, but JAL continued to make flights to the Soviet Union but now as state visits.
Sven Reuser (14 days ago)
6:09 (as a dutchie) i was like: OH NO YOU DONT!
FortNikitaBullion (14 days ago)
If Elon Musk gets his way, Russia will lose a ton of money.
Agent B-7 (17 days ago)
How Russia is still a member of ICAO then, if it openly ignored the MAIN AGREEMENT of the ICAO?
Noah Takacs (18 days ago)
In America you fly in the air in Soviet Russia air fly through you
a2pabmb2 (18 days ago)
Russia will pay for the wall with all the money we'll save on flights!
davskol (20 days ago)
SAS flight CPH - TYO flew over Siberia from 1967... Way before glasnost...
Trainspotting Finland (20 days ago)
3:51 Finnair!!! My favorite airline!!!🇫🇮🇫🇮💪💪
Nick Stalburg (21 days ago)
*BREAKING NEWS* Ryanair camouflages their planes to look like Russian planes to avoid paying
Oski180 HD (22 days ago)
Russia is just a big dick
Ahora ya (22 days ago)
The UK has so many sanctions against Russia that this is just an small compensation. Perhaps Russia should expropiate BP´s share in Rosneft (20%) which doesn´t make sense.
Arber Dumani (22 days ago)
6:55 what country and city is that? It looks gorgeous!!!!!!!
Arber Dumani (13 days ago)
mtlhkn how do you know
mtlhkn (13 days ago)
Don't know the city but country is definitely Norway.
Projjwal Ray-6 (24 days ago)
Why call it "Siberian Airspace" while actually speaking about the whole Russian airspace?
ReaLityBlue (24 days ago)
Great information, thanks for sharing.
LightningDew (24 days ago)
3:58 SUOMI MAINITTU TORILLE!!!
Marco Fedele (25 days ago)
Anchorage is a daily route used by FedEx for example.
Gianluca Tartaro (26 days ago)
For a second I thought “Maybe Russia is more of a bully than the USA...” but then I read about how the USA does this even with territory it doesn’t even own, and my initial belief that the US is the bully of the world was reaffirmed.
PP PP (26 days ago)
The problem is that money in Russia is not distributed to its people but to the government elite
Chickens for the Chicken god (26 days ago)
* lives in Australia * *heh*
FIFAFinnish (26 days ago)
4:02 One flight with same route almost got hit by rocket
LynchM0B420 (28 days ago)
So it seems when russia starts a big war. Anchorage will become a busy place again
Олексій Шевченко (28 days ago)
Come On - Crime is part of Ukraine! Not Russia
dc2rbud (8 days ago)
It is 100% Russian territory. The Crimean people voted 97% in favor of joining Russia.
Tony Wu (30 days ago)
in the video russia is just a big bully who fucks around with small airlines. fuck russia
Victor Chen (1 month ago)
1:16 BANGKOK
Jah Ashinuri (1 month ago)
Russia is like 20 other countries combined, so they have a Right to charge more
WallAce (1 month ago)
good thing I live in North America
Remiel (1 month ago)
That phrase "russia is prospering" is more funny than you think ...
Ron Pearson (1 month ago)
I know Russia allows single seat private pilots to fly into Russia from Alaska.
once once (1 month ago)
Why does this video sound a bit anti-Russia? Nothing they do is wrong, they just simply make profit out of their airspace. If a autobahn passed through your land wouldn't u put a monthly fee or for each vehicle that uses that road on the state?
karien scribante (1 month ago)
I really like your videos, but please go read up on how large the cities are in the Southern hemisphere etc. before making some of your the statements. Johannesburg is a huge megalopolis, for example.
The Shadow Man (1 month ago)
And no matter how much the west tries it will never ever conquer Russia.
ELISEM (1 month ago)
No i am Li-behr-ian
Danish Ali Tallat (1 month ago)
Wow thats free money
VALIS-FPV (1 month ago)
I think I rather pay more money and fly longer time than giving the russians chesspower. Its like dealing with a gang of gypsies that has poured cold asphalt on your driveway.
Adam Liu (1 month ago)
Russia is a such poison country
braveyetti 117 (1 month ago)
How is this possible because the world is flat.
E1craZ4life (1 month ago)
Flat Earth is centered at the North Pole.
J131 (1 month ago)
American West Coast cities have it the easiest, they can travel to Asian and European cities with ease.
Jeffrey Morton (1 month ago)
I flew over Siberia on a flight from Tokyo to Copenhagen, and I was very impressed with how much nothing there was! No wonder that was where they sent the exiles - You could probably wander around for a year and never cross paths with another soul. I've driven across the flat stretches of Texas, Nebraska, and other states thinking it would never end, but Siberia was the most nothing I have ever seen anywhere in my life!
657BIueArmy (1 month ago)
I charge a fee to any airlines that overfly my property, especially if they go over my patio in the summer when I'm trying to get plastered.
Daniel Manley (1 month ago)
Anchorage DOES NOT "only see a flight every few days!" I have taken a flight to Anchorage and a subsequent flight from Anchorage on multiple occasions.
Maswartz226 (1 month ago)
Why does Russia get so much power?
Steve Chisnall (16 days ago)
Because Vladimir Putin doesn't let trivial nuisances like *ethics* or the human rights of LGBT citizens get in his way, that's why.
Rhodium 10 (1 month ago)
Also few months ago Singapore airlines ( Singapore to New York) and Emirates ( Dubai- los Angeles) fly over Russian airspace
alxestis (1 month ago)
AFAIK it took LOT a couple of years to get back to flying to the Far East because they had airspace permission revoked after the Beijing Olympics. They didn’t start flying to Beijing again until 2012-2013, so that took four years alone and they’re a national carrier. I don’t expect Iceland Air to start flying over Russia soon.
Isaac Barton (1 month ago)
7:32 the official name is Norwegian.com
Isaac Barton (1 month ago)
Is this the guy from half as interesting?
Michael Sommers (1 month ago)
I think anyone who complains about an 80-hour flight from Europe to Asia should be forced to make the trip the way Magellan or Drake did.
Matt Zucchini (1 month ago)
another shitting on Russia video, it stinks of propaganda
Harambe Games (1 month ago)
So does UPS get to go in Siberian Airspca for overnight shipping?
E1craZ4life (24 days ago)
UPS has a hub in Anchorage, so they can easily fly around Russia if they're not flying somewhere within the country.
Die Hard (1 month ago)
(I know this is an old video but i will comment anyway) What happend to Finland´s arm at 7:18
II. Gyula (1 month ago)
Ouch! 😮
KillerGringo (1 month ago)
Since when is Europe a country?
tsitas tsitoulis (1 month ago)
we LIKE RUSSIA!
marcel gendron (1 month ago)
Informative. Thanks.
ХОРОШО (1 month ago)
Imaging the impact on ecology. So much fuel was burned in vain. Why humankind can't unite?
Arthur Shangareev (7 days ago)
Because it will cause a lot of unpleasant things like migration from poor to rich countries and general redistribution of wealth in the world, e.g. taxes from european countries will be spent on building infrastructure in Africa
Steven Hong (1 month ago)
Taiwan is a province of China, not a country
[OCB] (1 month ago)
East Asia and Europe aren't countries but ok
Senthilkumar Manickavelu (1 month ago)
Airlines save thousands and millions of $$ in carbon footprint cost and fuel cost... so I don't think they are worried in paying for the overflight rights as well as lobbying in preventing budget airlines get the same rights from RU
Hans B. (1 month ago)
Russia acts smart on this, good for them.
Ron the Annihilator *definitely not peter* (1 month ago)
yall dumb. just fly under russia
Progamers (1 month ago)
In total, just fuck Russia. Fuck that piece of huge ass land full of brown contaminated air. The “president” of Russia has such complicated brain he doesn’t know a thing called Sharing. Russia is just plain stupid. Just like the “president” (of Russia)
Hokunin (1 month ago)
the reason why Russia is selective and doesn't make its airspace "free for all strangers" is because, apart from China, it is the only country that can challenge the global dictatorship rule of USA and wants to keep its military complexes hidden from prying eyes. Plus the scenario where USA could sneak up nuclear bomber under guise of budget airline into the heart of Russia on the X time is also possible threat they have to consider. One thing is a fact, numerous Russian airliners do not fly all over USA. And yet USA wants its own planes and planes of its feudals to fly all over Russia? That is quite one sided dangerous desire. Taking into account that USA denied Russian mutual surveillance plane to fly over USA per agreement since the end of Cold War, is very hostile act.
Tony Falcon (1 month ago)
Why do you and RealEngineering use Heathrow (LHR) so much. I'm binging both you're channels and almost all talk about LHR
jamesblunt006 (1 month ago)
Russia also decides which planes to shoot down over Ukraine.
Andrew Guess (1 month ago)
Anchorage definitely gets multiple flights a day. It's Alaska's main international airport and during the summer, thousands of people from all over the world come to visit. Even in the winter when tourism is significantly decreased, there will still be flights to other places in Alaska, Canada, and a couple in the lower 48, usually Seattle.
Sergio Poverony (1 month ago)
Talk about why usa not come back alaska to russia?
Konstantin Зайцев (1 month ago)
i love how impartial u are