Apple Buys 50 Business Class Seats From San Francisco to Shanghai Every Day

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    Apple is United Airlines' biggest customer at the San Francisco International Airport, according to signs the airline has available that were shared on Twitter today.

    According to United, Apple spends $150 million on airline tickets each year, and purchases 50 business class seats on flights to Shanghai every day.

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    Apple has many suppliers in China, which explains why the company sends so many employees to the Shanghai Pudong Airport.

    Apple spends $35 million each year on flights from SFO to Shanghai, which is the number one flight the company purchases. Other routes are also popular, with Apple employees flying between these top 10 locations frequently:

    1. Shanghai (PVG)
    2. Hong Kong (HKG)
    3. Taipei (TPE)
    4. London (LHR)
    5. South Korea (ICN)
    6. Singapore (SIN)
    7. Munich (MUC)
    8. Tokyo (HND)
    9. Beijing (PEK)
    10. Israel (TLV)

    Apple has more than 130,000 employees across its retail and corporate locations, and its headquarters is located in Cupertino, California. The San Francisco International Airport, located near Millbrae, California and south of San Francisco, is the closest major airport for international flights.

    This statistic accounts solely for the flights taken from SFO. Apple has campuses in other locations around the world, and the San Jose International Airport is also nearby, so this is likely just a fraction of the airline travel that Apple funds.

    As The Verge's Nilay Patel points out, statistics like these are a reminder of the huge number of employees that Apple has working behind the scenes on the devices that we use every day.

    Apple is by far the biggest United airline customer in the Bay Area, and its $150 million spending total far outranks Facebook, Roche, and Google, companies that each spend over $34 million on United flights annually.

    Article Link: Apple Buys 50 Business Class Seats From San Francisco to Shanghai Every Day
     
  2. sjinsjca macrumors 68020

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    Can't imagine Apple will be happy with this being promoted.
     
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    I thought they stopped buying business class for their employees... at least for the ones who do not fly regularly..
     
  5. Enclavean macrumors regular

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    Jony Ive must have heard their platinum cards were 20% thinner
     
  6. KPandian1 macrumors 65816

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    Damn - luxury!

    They should link with Singapore Airlines - way better service, and ditching United for its crappy service in the USA will be a good payback!

    Oh - it's Apple; these days they don't care.
     
  7. CWallace macrumors 603

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    Probably one of the few airports where the Global Services Check-In Line has an actual line. :p
     
  8. Damien macrumors regular

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    Why do they fly to London so much?

    The others make sense in terms of suppliers and so on but Apple doesn't build anything in the UK, their only real presence here are the stores and Beats One.
     
  9. bigjnyc macrumors 603

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    Every day wtf? How many employees are they constantly sending over there?
     
  10. Anarchy99 macrumors 6502a

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    its all Jony Ive

    he's from there, he likes to hangout, do dinner, hit the clubs.
    it helps get the creative juices flowing ;)


    its why we don't see him on stage much lately just pre recorded video's
    think of all that time in the air/airports
     
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    You'd think they'd use FaceTime to save costs...
     
  12. Anarchy99 macrumors 6502a

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    or to be green... oh wait thats just one of Apple's BS talking points
     
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    Isn’t customer account spend confidential?
     
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    The board discussed the costs and determined it was cheaper to buy these tickets than put a good FaceTime camera in their products so they can do conference calls.
     
  15. cuencap macrumors regular

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    No way Apple fills 50 business class seats every day. Not a chance. They may have a contract saying Apple can use up to 50 seats in an emergency but no way they have that many R&D folks going that often. I also question why Shanghai. That’s another flight away from Shenzhen where most of their products are made. SFO to Hong Kong would make more sense.

    I don’t doubt the scale of Apple’s international travel, but these specifics seem off.
     
  16. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

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    Or build an office in Shanghai...

    $35 million a year could be a nice office. :p
     
  17. Packers1958 macrumors 65816

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    I wonder how many economy seats they buy for the underling support staff. They suffer the jet lag.
     
  18. racerhomie macrumors regular

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    Engineering teams have to go to China, South Korea to design the parts they want to manufacture. Enough with the bs that Samsung designs iPhone displays. They don’t. Their machines ,which make the displays are run by Apple people. Only the machines are Samsung owned.
     
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    half true,
    after much deliberation they changed their minds and gave a thumbs up.

    sadly they all had the latest MacBook air so the video quality was so poor that no one noticed the change.
     
  20. Bokito macrumors regular

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    Not sure how Cook responds, but Jobs would've cancelled all reservations personally and would send someone to find a new airline where such details don't get out in public.
     
  21. jerryk macrumors 601

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    I hated working for a large company (not Apple) and having to do these trips. Even with Business/First class the traveling get old quickly. These days one or two overseas trips a year is about my limit.
     
  22. derek macrumors newbie

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    "[Apple] purchases 50 business class seats on flights to Shanghai every day"
    They never come back; They're never heard from again.
    The Black Hole of Shanghai.
     
  23. gusping macrumors 6502a

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    Plenty of tech focused roles here in the UK. They probably see companies such as ARM for their CPUs etc.
     
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    but facetime only supports up to 32 users and they are booking 50 tix daily!
     
  25. VulchR macrumors 68020

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    It sounds like you know more about this than me, but can't design be done on computers anywhere? Just seems like a lot of travel and CO2 emissions.
     

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