PBS and the BBC have teamed up to produce an in-depth look at the inner workings of passenger air travel.
The new three-part documentary series “City in the Sky” will debut on Wednesday, February 8; check your local listings for broadcast times.
“Anyone who flies, from annual vacationers to daily business travelers, will be amazed what it really takes to get them from place to place safely and efficiently,” said PBS chief programming executive Beth Hoppe. “This is an extraordinary series that jet-sets around the world to show the inner-workings of a fascinating global industry many of us take for granted.”
Here’s a trailer for the series:
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The first episode, called “Departure,” focuses on airports and getting passengers off the ground; the second, “Airborne,” examines safety issues and what goes on while the plane is in the air; the third, “Arrival,” looks at the “complex global networks” and “astonishing technology” that bring flights safely to the ground, PBS said.
Among the locations featured in the documentary series are Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, one of the world’s busiest; Seattle’s Boeing plant; the airport at Bangor, Maine, where transatlantic airliners in trouble find a safe haven; and MedAire, Inc. in Phoenix, where doctors are on call around the clock the help cabin crews deal with in-fight medical emergencies.