BBC-PBS documentary features global aviation industry

City In The Sky, a three-part documentary series co-produced with BBC, will debut February 8, 2017 on PBS, .

City In The Sky goes behind the scenes to uncover the invisible global networks and complex logistics of the aviation industry.

From the coldest airport in the world (in Yakutsk, Russia), to one of the busiest (in Atlanta, Georgia), to the most dangerous (in the Himalayan town of Paro), the series takes viewers to remote, little known places such as the world´s largest luggage storage facility and the storage tanks in Europe and southeast America that hold and transport millions of gallons of jet fuel through underground pipes.

City In The Sky gives viewers a new appreciation for the paper stub or digital ticket that unlocks a precisely choreographed journey that starts the moment they walk into an airport terminal. Signage, lighting and flooring are designed to keep travelers on a flowing path to their gates. Vast underground machines give baggage the ride of its life from check-in to pick-up. Even non-consumer-facing parts of the industry bring fascination: the world´s largest cargo storage in China, for example, sees one-fifth of all global shipping come through its facility.

The documentary is presented as part of a multi-title co-production deal among PBS, BBC and BBC Worldwide North America. The partnership provides a pipeline of the high-quality, entertaining factual programs that PBS and BBC audiences have come to expect.

PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, each month.

The BBC broadcasts some 7,000 hours of television programs a year.