How Aviation and the Airline Industry has Changed in 2020?

2020 is a year we want to forget, but we will not forget.

This video captures top aviation moments in 2020. Aviation started the year on a high, we saw Boeing 777X made its maiden voyage in January. But at the same time, China got hit hard with Coronavirus and it is spreading fast at an alarming rate. Aviation came to the rescue, with flights to repatriate citizens back.

Then we saw a systematic lockdown across the world with thousands of planes grounded in an unprecedented way. Many jobs have been lost… With most of passengers flight grounded, it almost broke the logistic chain. The demand for cargo was also unprecedented. We saw every airline flew on cargo mission to carry mask, PPE and other medical supplies using passenger planes.

Then summer came, things are easing and many countries have opened up, I have the opportunity to fly again and I want to record and document what airline has been doing in response to covid.

Many airports suffered badly with up to 90% drop in traffic, the terminal is like a ghost town. Airline has started to enroll passengers using their biometric data, so your eyes and face became your boarding pass. The Boarding process has also changed. A lot of airlines are providing hygiene and wellness kit onboard to the customer. You can see flight attendant wearing mask and glove, some even dressed in PPE.

Initially, airlines resorted to provide only box meal to passengers in a bid to reduce contact, to lower cost, and also due to some catering supply were down at outstations. I am glad to report that most airlines have now returned to their usual service level with everything sealed or wrapped.

What’s breaking every aviation enthusiast's heart is the retirement of the 747s. KLM, Qantas, British Airways all decided to bring forward their retirement date. COVID also posted an uncertainty on the world’s biggest airplane A380. A380 became a casualty of the downturn.

At last, some good news. The covid vaccine is out. The timely transportation of vaccines will be aviation’s next challenge!

2020 has been a roller coaster year in commercial aviation. Words can’t express the emotions we went through….
I want to thank you for your support and viewership in the past year. Here we hope for a better year ahead.


  1. Dave


    13 天 前



    23 天 前

    Sam how did you made this video...lot lot data required and beautiful made

  3. אריאל גולני

    אריאל גולני

    28 天 前


  4. Rick Kloek

    Rick Kloek

    个月 前

    Sam Chui is a legend. Incredible. The voice of the aviation . so important.

  5. Danny daring

    Danny daring

    个月 前

    Did these passengers go to Wuhan to eat wild animals? What are they doing there?

  6. Danny daring

    Danny daring

    个月 前

    This pandemic started because of Airlines. Everyone flew from one country to another in very little time. I'm sorry but hope it didn't happen 🙏

  7. Adil el fallah el quadmiri

    Adil el fallah el quadmiri

    个月 前


  8. Captain SQ

    Captain SQ

    2 个月 前

    When I grow up, I just want to be a cargo pilot haha. Pandemic-proof.

  9. Saleeh Shah

    Saleeh Shah

    2 个月 前

    Sam 👍❤️❤️❤️🤗

  10. Keyyyyzzzz


    2 个月 前

    Hi Sam, was it necessary to negotiate many difficult bureaucratic processes, procedures, questions, quarantining,, forms and lab testing, in order for you to travel internationally on business during the COVID pandemic?

  11. Melati Putih

    Melati Putih

    2 个月 前


  12. Norbert Kiszka

    Norbert Kiszka

    3 个月 前

    Terminal is empty because covid-19 killed everybody. Everyone with no exceptions. But wait... where is those dead bodies in this case? Did somebody seen any? Anybody?

  13. Nun Ya

    Nun Ya

    3 个月 前

    99.9% survival rate. What a load of bullshit these elites in the world have fed all of us.

  14. TheGentlemanofFortune


    4 个月 前

    Hello Sam, I am in a unique position that I am still traveling internationally several times a month. You’ve inspired me to share my journeys. Any advice for a fledgling CNglobalr?

  15. yogesh gajbhiye

    yogesh gajbhiye

    4 个月 前

    Maintenance of thousands of aircraft in non working condition is really very difficult.

  16. olyosso


    4 个月 前

    This is the best video you have made Sam! Great work!

  17. Rasha Atalla Suwardi

    Rasha Atalla Suwardi

    4 个月 前

    Let's hope the Boeing 747 will come back as the coronavirus is gone.

  18. Strictly Transit

    Strictly Transit

    4 个月 前

    Great video Sam! I miss the 747 too even though I never got to ride it. Do you also feel sad that the MD80 and MD90 retired?

  19. Eyob S.

    Eyob S.

    4 个月 前

    Nice vlog.

  20. ahwonga


    4 个月 前

    Hey Sam! What do you do for living? Airline industry?

  21. George MkaY

    George MkaY

    4 个月 前

    Keep on making videos Sam. We believe in you!!! Avgeeks forever

  22. sorrowful Satchel

    sorrowful Satchel

    4 个月 前

    I hope I get to fly on a 747 before they’re all gone...

  23. Popoy Martin

    Popoy Martin

    4 个月 前

    thanks much for this video Mr. SaM....keep safe

  24. Ginger And Me Roblox

    Ginger And Me Roblox

    4 个月 前

    rip me lol i live in colombia and the vaccine will come in 2022 :)



    4 个月 前

    as always..your videos attract viewers inspire people to travel...please Visit Indonesia again..and again Sam....I am aspired that I could make a joint video with your godself to promote more About Indonesia as a very wonderful is my channel as a beginner 😁

  26. R Menon

    R Menon

    4 个月 前

    14:03 An extremely rare "Sam Rant's" moment. I don't recall ever seeing him pissed off.

  27. Chris yanover

    Chris yanover

    4 个月 前

    Also enjoy your meals on a plane too! It must have totally sucked for you to have boxed meals on planes instead of cooked to order filet mignon and lobster on a plane flight! You must have been so miserable!

  28. Chris yanover

    Chris yanover

    4 个月 前

    Funny, before COVID you never talked about how every airline has shoved economy class seats right in front of the seat in front of them! You seem to only compliment every airlines that gives you free first class or residential class ticket. Airlines have patented bycle seats connected to a pole. Highly doubt you will document your knees shoved against the seat in front of you and told "aren't you a complainer" when your legs are numb because your legs are jammed to the seat in front of you. But hey! Enjoy your full bedroom flight with a shower! Obviously you don't give a shit about the people who have to fly economy! Why do you never talk about how airlines have shoved seats closer and closer together to a point where a plane flight is absolutely miserable? I have never seen a video of you complaining about an airplane because you probably get your plane flights for free. You wouldn't want to bite the hand that feeds you!

  29. Dasari Jagadeesh

    Dasari Jagadeesh

    4 个月 前

    Sir plz help poor people sir

  30. Marie-Pascale LEONETTI

    Marie-Pascale LEONETTI

    5 个月 前

    Tres beau. Merci.

  31. Sharjeel Shahab

    Sharjeel Shahab

    5 个月 前

    Thank you Sam for updating all the av-geeks on the global airline industry landscape post-Covid

  32. Daniel Duarte

    Daniel Duarte

    5 个月 前

    What this pandemic revealed to me is how weak and outdated our governments are.

    • Petros


      5 个月 前

      That's why I don't depend on government or trust them, at least not blindly, but many in the sadly do. That's why we are in this mess right now. The virus is real, like any other viruses we've seen, but the media reaction scaring people is beyond the pale. But remember, with the turn of the switch the media will slowly stop the count (al least here in the US) and the basement pres. will declare victory over covid with the help of the mainstream media. Mark my words. The will need to be careful inasmuch the covid scare has permeated the entire world so it would be rather slow, but it will happen. Looking back many in a the not so distant future, many will say we have been duped!!!

  33. Hadley Thompson

    Hadley Thompson

    5 个月 前

    19:06 looks like Virat Kohli

  34. Nithin Kumar EO

    Nithin Kumar EO

    5 个月 前

    U didn't get any chance of doing video on indian airlines?

  35. jeremeh911


    5 个月 前

    emirates just suspended flights to sydney, melbourne, brisbane :(

  36. Afrah Khizer

    Afrah Khizer

    5 个月 前

    Sam is right 2020 has been a very tough year for many industries but especially for aviation

  37. Flight Paul Aviation

    Flight Paul Aviation

    5 个月 前

    what was the name of that music in the beginning???

  38. Llewellyn Cheetham

    Llewellyn Cheetham

    5 个月 前

    In 2020 i went to heathrow and gatwick and there was no wait to use the runway. For the first time ever

  39. orangejuice254


    5 个月 前

    Its almost 1 year since I seen my mom, due to covid

  40. Jakub Šemoda

    Jakub Šemoda

    5 个月 前

    A lot of tears, when I’m seeing airlines retiring queen and king of the skies... 😭 J

  41. Gia Wou

    Gia Wou

    5 个月 前

    Please make a video virus originated from UK, I bet you will be banned the next day. Sam Chui is for sure a coward for not make a video of the Virus originated from U.K

  42. Tianen Chen

    Tianen Chen

    5 个月 前

    In all fairness, it’s Chinese Coronavirus, not “Covid-19”

  43. Brian Garner

    Brian Garner

    5 个月 前

    Great review Sam. Thank goodness 2020 is history.

  44. J B (Jorgey Boy)

    J B (Jorgey Boy)

    5 个月 前

    Thanks Chyna

  45. Luca Puzzoli

    Luca Puzzoli

    5 个月 前

    Despite 2020 being the worst year for aviation the big air line companies will be bailed out with taxpayers money while letting off thousands of staff. Airlines never saved for rainy days they much prefer buy their own shares to boost the company value and when something unexpected happens they say things like it's not our fault. Your Channel is beautiful Sam Chui.

  46. peak45


    5 个月 前

    Not5 sure about what China got ? more like created.

  47. Ferdinand Fabella

    Ferdinand Fabella

    5 个月 前

    Thank u for this, Sam. 'Hope we can all fly again. 😖

  48. KENY PK


    5 个月 前

    very informative article 👍

  49. Carlos Krueger

    Carlos Krueger

    5 个月 前

    Covid 19= 5G-6G Advance Technology...Plus Facial recognition A.I...

  50. Hema DK Singh

    Hema DK Singh

    5 个月 前

    Thanks for sharing your information I am in the same boat.

  51. Vincent Poole

    Vincent Poole

    5 个月 前

    SC. Looks like it's time to close this YT Channel which has no more relevance ! The Vampire Virus will be existing for a while yet and this means the future of flight under the new normal is 'private' ? Please accept the fact some +5% of your subscribers have now past away due to these multiple strains of Covid-19. As the current CEO of Qantas(safest airline) stated on overseas travel "no jab-no fly".

  52. Kirra McDowell

    Kirra McDowell

    5 个月 前

    Remember when we were complaining about the food on planes and then we got only shitty packaged one or no food at all? I think if 2020 taught us anything, it’s to enjoy the small things in life and be grateful for what you have.

  53. Rein Hart

    Rein Hart

    5 个月 前

    I saw an A380 Korean depart ATL hartsfield-jackson about a month ago. Used the entire long runway!

  54. Ηρακλής Eracle

    Ηρακλής Eracle

    5 个月 前

    How has changed? No jab no Fly... I say: NO VACCINE!

  55. Delight Loves Movies

    Delight Loves Movies

    5 个月 前

    I love Sam Chui vids.

  56. Thomas Ferrara

    Thomas Ferrara

    5 个月 前

    Great journalism.

  57. I Curse Your Village

    I Curse Your Village

    5 个月 前

    2020 is the movie Contagion

  58. Shilonious Monk

    Shilonious Monk

    5 个月 前

    What a joke. If you think this is about safety security and health you’re dumb as stone.

  59. Tierra Plana

    Tierra Plana

    5 个月 前

    Damn psychopaths, they created a plandemic sickening minds with terror and now they sell us security ... bastards have little time left!

  60. Scentaurus


    5 个月 前

    I want to know, what Fragrance do you use during your Travels

  61. Mike Rurak (Battle River WX)

    Mike Rurak (Battle River WX)

    5 个月 前

    Sadly I don't think aviation will ever recover at all. It's not just because of the pandemic, it is because of some governments taking advantage of it now that their citizens are acclimatized to lockdowns and restrictions and drafting laws that make all this the "new normal". Sky high taxes, lack of freedom for the average person and a Authoritarian-socialist agenda won't be kind to aviation. I doubt all countries are taking this path, but many seem to be. Due to this; Global travel will return to its roots by Sea with the coming emerging of Ocean nations(countries with no land, only on the sea) there will be many high class staterooms to choose from. And too be honest by my old age I would not be surprised if I end up traveling more on a Spaceship than on a plane simply because of the world altering society changes that are developing due to Covid.

  62. Axel Kennard

    Axel Kennard

    5 个月 前

    is a plane

  63. Ullah Media UK

    Ullah Media UK

    5 个月 前

    COVID has shown just because we are in technology era it doesnt beat mother nature. Emirates for example think they are untouchable, well the sheikhs have had their backsides handed to them.

  64. Topps baseball Breaks

    Topps baseball Breaks

    5 个月 前

    hey sam, I think that when you can do a lot of travelling again, you should definetely try Air Canada 777-300ER Business class from Toronto! I'd love to see you in Canada again and especially in my home city!!!



    5 个月 前

    Dude, your soul is supposed to be in Space.

  66. macedk


    5 个月 前

    Back in April a SAS Airbus A350-900 (registration SE-RSB) Left Copenhagen Airport heading for Lima in Peru, and with 11,086 kilometers between the two cities, it will be the largest distance a SAS aircraft has ever traveled. They returned with 290 scandinavian passengers. 2020 was a very different year for aviation in so many ways.

  67. Faisal reza pradhana

    Faisal reza pradhana

    5 个月 前

    Hi sam, big regard for your work, actually I am a patient of Covid-19, and luckily I find your amazing videos during my isolation, and watch it marathon 😊, right now I imagine that my isolation room is a first class flight seat😅, with all nurses and doctors as flight attendance, and hey it's really cheer up my boring day and enjoying all meals that serve to me, I believe I can get back healthy soon, again thanks a lot for all your videos, be safe😊

  68. Andy Gilroy

    Andy Gilroy

    5 个月 前

    This is such a great synopsis of 2020 in commercial aviation. Well done Sam.

  69. cool cool

    cool cool

    5 个月 前

    i want covid die

  70. TheNw1218


    5 个月 前

    I haven’t flown for vacation for seven years. I’ve never been in an empty airport terminal, until I traveled to Seoul from Tokyo, on my way to Manila. I was scheduled to fly in the morning, and not wanting to go to a hotel, I camped out at the gate. Nobody seemed to mind, despite three other flights using it too. But that night, I had the whole terminal to myself as clean up crews worked. And I did sleep pretty good, and watch Shaun of the dead on my laptop. It also meant that I was first in line when the shops opened in the morning. Good times, good times.

  71. Prasad Rao

    Prasad Rao

    5 个月 前

    Whts by professional u sir

  72. Estray One

    Estray One

    5 个月 前

    Sam you're the boss!

  73. George Radcliff

    George Radcliff

    5 个月 前

    Sam chui gives me nightmares

  74. Mohamed Eashan

    Mohamed Eashan

    5 个月 前

    My dream is a air plane

  75. Sojy Easo

    Sojy Easo

    5 个月 前

  76. Daffa Ellong

    Daffa Ellong

    5 个月 前

    I’ve visit Qatar airline website a few days ago and trying to get a good deal round trip ticket jfk to Asia on business class .. it’s $4500. And here’s the kicker .. if you’re flying business class qatar airline you have to pay extra $94 each way .... if you want To use Al Mourjan lounge in Hammad airport in Doha . In Sept 2019 I only pay $2950 business class going to Singapore .... Buying Plane ticket now are getting so ridiculous .

  77. Twice As Vice (TwiceAsVice)

    Twice As Vice (TwiceAsVice)

    5 个月 前

    Single use plastic isn't a problem anymore then I'm guessing. Good luck sea life! 🧐🙄

  78. Haris Rehman

    Haris Rehman

    5 个月 前

    Everything will be back this year never lose hope.

    • Plane models Collector And spotter

      Plane models Collector And spotter

      2 个月 前

      Might not only ones we’ll have back are the Emirates a380

    • Fiona Campbell

      Fiona Campbell

      5 个月 前

      Hope so never give up hope. 👍

    • Luca Puzzoli

      Luca Puzzoli

      5 个月 前

      we haven't seen anything yet

  79. Mehaboob Chakkarathodi

    Mehaboob Chakkarathodi

    5 个月 前

    Well done.great work.

  80. LIM LIYUAN Moe


    5 个月 前

    Worst aviation year for 2020 and 2021😂

  81. kunno channel

    kunno channel

    5 个月 前


  82. Ian CHEE

    Ian CHEE

    5 个月 前

    I like to see this channel. This is a great video. I like to see many different airlines get ready for takeoff and landing in the runway. Aviation is life, Sky is our home. I miss travel so much. I am a Aviation lovers. I have miss my dream's airlines. My dream's airlines have stay in China. Please pray for the world. I wish the Covid-19 will end earlier so that l can see my dream's airlines resume the flight.

  83. rclass707


    5 个月 前

    Great video Sam.

  84. Zo Bo

    Zo Bo

    5 个月 前

    Sam Chui Please Come to Algiers And Try A330-900 With Air Algérie 😪

  85. guitar911rock


    5 个月 前

    never trust the vaccine.

  86. guitar911rock


    5 个月 前

    the virus is 40x smaller than a surgical mask; in a sanitary environment, just remember that with your grammy favorite tshirt on your face.

  87. guitar911rock


    5 个月 前

    when sammy walk through the "germ free" just know that is worthless for virus.... not virus freee....propoganda sam is your new name mate. we know that virus does not transmit from surfaces too. so it is pointless the cleaning that is happening. Social distance and clean air filters are the best, wit herd immunity

  88. guitar911rock


    5 个月 前

    just remember china had their first big concert in October. They know that herd immunity will solve it.

  89. Prasad S. Shetty

    Prasad S. Shetty

    5 个月 前


  90. TorCCChaser


    5 个月 前

    Thank you as always Sam ! Happy New Year !

  91. Katelyn Muller

    Katelyn Muller

    5 个月 前

    Southwest really did take Covid-19 as an opportunity.

  92. Shivanand Prabhoo

    Shivanand Prabhoo

    5 个月 前

    Hope 2021 is a better year for all

  93. mahdi hussain

    mahdi hussain

    5 个月 前

    so who is going to take this covid-19 vaccine

  94. Simple Aviation

    Simple Aviation

    5 个月 前

  95. Raja Shekar

    Raja Shekar

    5 个月 前

    You have money from us... And enjoying all rides cuz of views



    5 个月 前

    Why don't you show situation in india in short, I never saw you talking about India will be glad to hear from you

  97. bur


    5 个月 前

    KOREAN Air 🤝 ASIANA Airline



    5 个月 前

    Excellent video never the less , to the point and richly informative 👍

  99. Sami Khan

    Sami Khan

    5 个月 前

    Worst year in history 🙁🙁

  100. Aging


    5 个月 前

    I’m glad you ended the video on a positive note. While it’s so much different than the 1920 pandemic, all things come to an end and a new and better rebirth begins. I believe there is a huge pent up demand to get out and travel again when all of this is over. Governments will have to step in to provide economic assistance. I have 2 international trips planned and one domestic one for 2021. Thanks again Sam for your work!