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.

Curious who are @United largest global corporate accounts? @Apple is in the top spot and contributes very much to success of SFO international flying especially the Shanghai service #UnitedAirlines #United #Apple #SFO #PVG #Shanghai #China pic.twitter.com/HNvIrz8wDg - LAflyer (@LAflyr) January 11, 2019
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.

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Damien

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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.
 

Anarchy99

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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.
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
 

cuencap

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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.
 

racerhomie

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You'd think they'd use FaceTime to save costs...
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.
 

Anarchy99

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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.
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.
 

gusping

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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
Plenty of tech focused roles here in the UK. They probably see companies such as ARM for their CPUs etc.