Apple buys 50 business class tickets to Shanghai every day*

The company spent nearly five times more flying United’s friendly skies last year than Facebook or Google.

MacRumors, first to spot LAflyer’s tweet Friday afternoon, posted a helpful list of airport codes:

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)

My take: Showing the rest of the world where your best customer does business is a curious way to reward a frequent flier.

*On average.


  1. George Row said:

    The tiny text at the bottom reads:
    “This is confidential information. Please do not share outside of United.”
    So I expect they will say that it was an unauthorised, accidentally leak.

    Nevertheless I can’t imagine any world in which Apple would accept that as an excuse.

    In the days of SteveJ this would provoke an immediate change of airline – or perhaps the purchase of a fleet of private planes.

    I suspect kindly uncle Tim with his Southern manners (and supply chain chops) will accept a massive discount on the next five year’s tickets.

    January 12, 2019
  2. David Emery said:

    For what it’s worth, London and Munich are the best gateway airports to go to other locations in Europe on the United/Lufthansa Star Alliance network.

    January 12, 2019

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