Premiered February 2017

At any one time, there are a million people airborne somewhere in the world. That equates to an entire airborne city - a city in the sky. So what does it take to run a ‘city’ at 30,000 feet? In this series, we set off around the world to uncover the invisible global networks and complex logistics that make it all possible.

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Explore Each Episode

Episode 1: Departure

Episode 1: Departure

Explore a midair metropolis of a million people on flights that crisscross the world.

Episode 2: Airborne

Episode 2: Airborne

We take it for granted, but on any journey a hidden army of people keep your plane safe.

Episode 3: Arrival

Episode 3: Arrival

Getting on the ground safely takes an army of hidden experts and incredible technology.

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