This Photo Is Begging for a Caption; Do It and Win Cranky Concierge Service

When I went to aa.com to learn more about American’s partnership with JetBlue, I saw this photo and just couldn’t stop laughing. That’s American CEO Gerard Arpey at right, smiling like a madman while looking at a JetBlue A320. On the left, we have a laughing JetBlue CEO Dave Barger holding on to an American 777 and staring at Gerard. A million possible thought bubbles started running through my mind, but then someone suggested a brilliant idea. Why not hold a caption contest?

Create your best caption for this photo and submit it in the comments section. The winner will get air travel assistance from Cranky Concierge for one trip for free. Take a look at the photo, see the rules below, and then start typing that caption.

Gerard Arpey/ Dave Barger Photo


Here’s the deal. Submit as many captions as you’d like. There is no limit. Entries must be made by 11:59p Pacific Time on Monday, April 5, 2010. I alone will choose the winning entry based solely on my own judgment of what I think its funniest and nothing else. The winner will be announced in the comment section and in a blog post. Winners must claim their victory via email from the address submitted in the comment section entry. That is the only way to claim your victory, so don’t go making up fake addresses.

The prize will be air travel assistance for one trip via visit this page.

152 Responses to This Photo Is Begging for a Caption; Do It and Win Cranky Concierge Service

  1. mowogo says:

    Arpey: So this is what a new narrow-body looks like.
    Barger: Yes, and the inside is from THIS century.

  2. tsays says:

    So this is what a COMMERCIAL jet looks like.

  3. tsays says:

    I don’t understand why everyone complains about leg room?

  4. tsays says:

    Mine looks a little bigger than yours…

  5. Scott says:

    Barger: Yours may be bigger, but mine’s BLUE.

  6. tsays says:

    Arpey:Awww…isn’t that adorable?

  7. Iceman says:

    So here’s what happened to the UA SFO-PEK flight last weekend…

  8. bf says:

    “why is there paint on this plane?”

  9. Ken says:

    “On behalf of the Church of Religious Consciousness, we would like you to have an airplane model as well. Would you care to make a donation or a code share agreement?”

  10. Anymouse says:

    ..and on the bright side, if your employees are successful in shoving that up your hoo-haw, it won’t hurt nearly as much…!

  11. David Askren says:

    Mine is bigger than yours…

  12. Kim says:

    How Big Is Yours?

  13. Size does matter!

  14. John says:

    “Dave, I think it would be awesome to partner together, too bad you guys went to Sabre just as we are getting off that POS to build our own system.”

  15. Donald says:

    Arpey: Do you remember Midway?
    Barger: Midway who?

  16. lee field says:

    Barger: “Bigger is better!”

    Bloomberg: “Now, if I could get AA HQ back in New York….”

  17. Jeffc says:

    Gerard, who would have thought that ten years ago we were the little guys and you were the big behemoth in the USA. And then we made that little code-share deal. Now it’s 2020 and JetBlue and our German partners own the whole combined airline. Doesn’t that AA silver “lack of” paint job look quaint ?

  18. Ryan says:

    Yeah you’re right…RJ’s have way to much room. Our customers will love our new “ultra efficient mini jets”.

  19. Perry says:

    “An Airbus! How quaint.”

  20. Perry says:

    “Congratulations, kid. You made it to The Show.”

  21. Perry says:

    “I’m going to crush this model with my bare hands, like I’m going to crush this upstart airline!”

  22. Andrew says:

    “You’re gonna have to pry this Triple Seven from my cold, dead hands, because it’s coming home with me!”

  23. Andrew says:

    (Fat guy in background): “I’m gonna take you down if you try to walk out of here with that thing…”

  24. Frank says:

    barger: hey, did you fart?
    arpey: maybe…

  25. b757capt says:

    Arpey “The World is Mine, AHAHAHA The World is Mine.”

  26. DGS says:

    “Keep smiling, Arpey. Just wait until your unions here about this…”

  27. allysdad says:

    Barger “wait, AA doesn’t fly to ICN?”

  28. JM says:

    Barger: “Gerard, I brought this along to show you what an airplane built after 1990 looks like.”

  29. JM says:

    Bloomberg: “Yeah, those are about the only kinds of models you two guys are going to get. Enjoy the toys, fellas.”

  30. JM says:

    Barger: “Hey, Gerard. Who invited Drew Carey to this shindig?”

  31. Ponderosa says:

    I went to New York and all I got was this little airplane

  32. Smail says:

    Dinner… is served!

  33. paul says:

    “I’ve never really looked at if from this angle, it does appear to be smaller”

  34. David says:

    Dave Barger: “Mine has ETOPS – 180… How are you going to trump that?”

  35. Greg R. says:

    “I went to New York City and all I got was a stupid jetBlue airplane?”

  36. Jared says:

    This fucking thing drove out out of Long Beach?

  37. Zach says:

    Andy Warhol (background, in grey tie and glasses) officiates bizarre corporate marriage.

  38. Davester says:

    Barger: Nice try, Champ. You need to go much smaller than this if you wanna translate our cost efficiencies to your legacy operation.
    Arpey: You *are* right Barger. We need to go smaller. Best part is, this little aircraft is cheaper than even those 35 year old TWA MD-80′s. I can see our shareholders salivating now. (diabolical grin).

  39. Jon says:

    Barger : Yeh, its a fuel efficient european import. Got a modern entertainment system, easy maintenance – sure you dont see many in silver.

  40. Xtine says:

    Barger: are you sure this is gonna work?
    Arpey: I have no idea but it’s sure gonna piss off the Germans!
    Bloomberg: remember – I heart NYC sticker on every wing tip right?

  41. Christine says:

    Barger: Yours isn’t that big.
    Arpey: That’s what she said.

  42. Richie says:

    It’s not the size that counts, unless you’re trying to fit it into a tight landing slot.

  43. Jeff says:

    Gerard Arpey: Now is our chance to absorb the weenies and get them out of the way!
    Dave Barger: Yah! big shiny airplanes!

  44. Greg R. says:

    Arpey: “Since when do I attend events with a regional airline?”

  45. Greg R. says:

    Barger: “Pssst, Gerard! I think Tony Soprano is behind us. Pretend you’re enjoying this.”

  46. Joel says:

    “Dave–this will be the only aircraft American can afford in the next year to come–the scale model that is.”

  47. ark says:

    I don’t care how far you want me to shove it… It still won’t fit!

  48. Bryan says:

    Weeeeeeeeeeee!

  49. Bryan says:

    Oooooo, shiny. So very… shiny!

  50. Bryan says:

    Open wide, here comes the airplane!

  51. Daryl-Atlanta says:

    The “Great-Winged” Suppository?

  52. Benet says:

    Gerard Arpey: Dave, someday, when JetBlue becomes a real airline, you’ll have a … plane as big is mine.

    David Barger: You really think so Gerard?

    • Ken says:

      (Sorry to steal the caption, but I think it missed the punchline)

      Gerard Arpey: Dave, someday, when JetBlue becomes a real airline, you’ll have a … plane as big is mine.

      David Barger: You really think so Gerard?

      **Gerard Arpey: No!

  53. yo says:

    Sure, mine is bigger, but we are both bigger than Crandall’s!

  54. Hey Dave, I don’t see any blue and gold on that thing. Is that a good omen?

  55. Dave you’ve lost some weight. I told you that German diet wasn’t working…

  56. JJ says:

    Gerard: I told him mine was bigger

  57. JJ says:

    Whoa- I guess you were right Gerard. Yours is bigger than mine

  58. Eric says:

    Gerald: “So Davey….you ever seen a grown plane naked?”

    RIP Peter Graves

  59. Marvin S. says:

    I bet you the Germans are going to be ticked.

  60. Arpey: (not pictured) Dude you call this an airplane?
    Barger: (as pictured) Hey, that’s the biggest one we have!
    Arpey: (as pictured) We are so going to eat you alive!

  61. Marvin S. says:

    I was just thinking…if we merge these colors, we end up with fuschia. Jet Fuschia American…I like the ring of that.

  62. Nick says:

    I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours….

  63. Marvin S. says:

    Hmmm….our poor service doesn’t look as bad when the planes are this small….

  64. Thomas V. Bona says:

    Sure our new airplanes are cramped, but I think people will really go for the low fares in Economy Minus.

  65. pf says:

    You can strand twice as many people on the runway as we can

  66. Mike A says:

    “Its mine, my own, my precious!”

  67. L. A. says:

    Arpey: “We told Airbus we have decided to quit and go into the car business as an April Fool’s joke. They dropped A320 prices $3 million on the 1/2 hour. He..He..”

    • L. A. says:

      Arpey: “Told Airbus we were quitting and going into the car business for April Fool’s. They dropped A320 prices $3 million in 1/2 hour. He..He..”

      More concise.

  68. jan says:

    Looks like you need an upgrade, Dave.

  69. TM says:

    Arpey: “Hey! Look! It’s paint!”
    Barger: “Yes. It’s OUR paint. We’re just partners … not paint-sharers!”

  70. bob g says:

    big people playing with their toys.

  71. Dan says:

    Barger: Stop laughing. Size doesn’t matter.

    Aprey: I was laughing about your routes.

  72. TM says:

    Arpey (holding A320): “They call this little bitty thing a plane?”
    Barger (holding 777): “Imagine all the people stranding we could do with this …”

  73. Jack says:

    Not only is my plane bigger than yours but…….

  74. Jack says:

    I will hold yours if you will hold mine!

  75. AA: Hah, my plane is bigger than yours!!!

    JetBlue: Hah, sucks for you that it’s “only” your plane that is bigger….

  76. Jack says:

    If this thing wets on me I’ll kill it!!

  77. annelle says:

    Well, good buddy! Looks like mine IS bigger than yours! (but don’t worry, maybe yours will get bigger too… someday.)

  78. EE says:

    Wow, yours is so much smaller than mine!

  79. J. Tague says:

    Oh great, thanks! This plane will fit perfectly up Glenn Tilton’s ass.

  80. wbs says:

    “Yes we made the seats somewhat smaller, but so far the passengers don’t seem to mind!”

  81. -Hey man, that’s a cool lookin’ plane ya got there dude. Hey, yah…it is a cool lookin’ plane ain’t it? But you know, your plane looks cool too, you know? Yah. Whatever. Yah. Take care. Yah. you take care. Yeah? Well have a nice day. Yah, well you too, dude. Yah. Whatever.

  82. Thomas V. Bona says:

    “Don’t let Congress see that that we flew here on our personal jets or this deal will never go through!”

  83. Thomas V. Bona says:

    “OK here’s what Delta and US Airways did wrong – they didn’t bribe the FAA with free toys!”

  84. Thomas V. Bona says:

    “Hey Arpey, let’s try to win that Cranky Concierge contest so we avoid bad weather and don’t get stranded on the tarmac next trip!”

  85. wblewett says:

    American Airlines CEO Gerard Arpey evaluates how far he can fly an A320 up Barger’s behind and pitch a tent with an AA automated check-in machine.

  86. TS says:

    Arpey: I wonder how the bare metal looks under this white paint.

  87. Mark Brown says:

    “Oh yeah? I bet my engine can eat your fuselage!”

  88. Penn says:

    My mom said said I shouldn’t snort that model airplane glue when I was a kid. Look at me now. Weeeeeeeeh!

  89. Dave: “Hey, stop looking at my plane like that, she already has a boyfriend!”
    Gerard: “You’re a pretty plane, aren’t you…. he he he.”

  90. Gina says:

    Mr. Arpey to Mr. Barger: “You call this an airplane??”

    Mr. Barger to Mr. Arpey: “Thanks to you, now mine’s bigger than yours!”

    Mr. Aprey to Mr. Barger: “And what exactly do you do with this little thing?”

    Mr. Arpey to Mr. Barger: “Looks like this plane could use a little Viagra!”

  91. f9ohio says:

    Missing a few pieces of fuselage here Barger, no worries I’ll have my people give boeing a call next week

  92. Thomas V. Bona says:

    “Arpey, we’ve done it! We’ve broken the record for most penis jokes inspired by a photo!”

  93. jonathan reed says:

    The guy in the middle just said, “If you want to keep your jobs pretend you are happy with your bonuses.”

  94. Richard says:

    Arpey: That’s funny. What the hell is it?

  95. Arpey: “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little plane too!”

  96. John B. says:

    I wonder how many “your plane is bigger than my plane” jokes are going to come out of this picture?

  97. “I’m actually laughing at your horrible livery”

  98. Lisa says:

    Barger: For God’s sake don’t point that at your face….it might take off!

  99. Lisa says:

    Thank God for private jets so we don’t actually have to fly on these things!

  100. Lisa says:

    Can you believe that people actually pay to fly on these?

  101. Lisa says:

    Wait til we tell them it’s an April Fools joke!

  102. Lisa says:

    Ka-Ching! Ka-Ching! Ka-Ching!

  103. Lisa says:

    I’m taking this baby home to the wife….is it battery operated or 110?

  104. u600213 says:

    May your next plane be a masculine plane

  105. Talleman says:

    Size REALLY does matter and mines bigger than your!

  106. Gary E says:

    You want me to put this where?

  107. Shindig says:

    Listen. I’m tellin’ ya. That Flyagra will work like it done did fer’ me if you just swallow that little bitty airplane capsule disguised as an Airbus model. Trust me.

  108. JF says:

    I hope that mine will be as “big” as yours one day!

  109. JM says:

    Arpey: “Dave, I can only imagine how many phallus jokes will be made on crankyflier.com about this silly photo op…”

  110. Jim says:

    Ah, Dave, so cute, and I mean that in the nicest way!

  111. martin law says:

    caption should read “strange bedfellows?”

  112. “My plane’s bigger than yours.”

    “Damn, you’re right.”

  113. Ace says:

    Where do the batteries go?!?!

  114. Gerard Arpey: Dave, someday, when JetBlue becomes a real airline, you’ll have a … plane as big is mine.

    David Barger: Gerard, someday when American gets a real CEO, you’ll have a balance sheet as good as mine.

  115. Bruce says:

    “Mine is Bigger than Yours”

  116. Keith says:

    Arbus..? Airboos..? Airboss..? What is this thing called again? Arbiss..?

  117. George says:

    AA and Jetblue execs recreate their famous 2007 near-miss which reduced Mayor Bloomberg’s height by another 10%.

  118. George says:

    “See? If you stick your finger just under the fuselage, that’s the G-spot. My wife showed me.”

  119. George says:

    Hey, the guy in the pink tie – he likes your fuselage!

  120. George says:

    “Like I told you, Captain Sully strokes his at least twice before every flight.”

  121. Sirkka says:

    Gerard Arpey: -I ordered a spaceshuttle and got a midget…

  122. sam carl says:

    “Just don’t tell our wives we fondled a couple of models on this trip”

  123. Mike Bing says:

    “Into the mouth of the whale”

  124. Mike says:

    He doesn’t even know what hit him. He is about to get eaten alive.

  125. pat says:

    I think we fit together real fine

  126. Hermann says:

    Dave: So this is where my passengers will be subjected to your service?

    Gerard: Yes, and in my hands I hold the key to happy passengers and quiet pilot unions MUAHAHAHA!

  127. f9ohio says:

    Oh Lord, I would chrome the hell out of this is someone gave me the chance!

  128. f9ohio says:

    Oh come on Gerard, It’s still bigger than your eagle planes give it a break now

  129. f9ohio says:

    Can’t get any more patiotic than this than this eh Barger. We should get our own holiday

  130. The boys trade toys.

  131. So even you are now having to go to downsize the fleet from the 777 to this!

  132. Jon says:

    Just need to send this to the paint shop and throw a red and blue stripe down the middle and call it Eagle.

  133. frank says:

    aprey says, “Can I take a ride on your Disco (B6) stick?”

  134. Mary says:

    “Ok, on the count of 3 we’ll throw them and see if we can pop those balloons behind us!”

  135. f9ohio says:

    I know I know, he does look like Drew Carey back there, that’s the only reason I invited him!

  136. Matt says:

    Always make sure it has a clear view of the sky so you get those 36 channels of DirecTV.

  137. Hernandes says:

    JetBlue CEO: Arpey, how many of these you’re able to buy using your employee’s money from AA Reestructure Agreement last 2003?

    American CEO: I don’t really know… I gues the equivalent of your entire fleet of THESE little things…

  138. Debbie says:

    “Well, I don’t know why I came here tonight . . . clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you.”

  139. J Westcott says:

    Keep shaking…those cranky fliers are a ***** to get off the planes!

  140. CF says:

    Thanks to everyone for entering. The winner has been chosen. And you can see it here:
    http://crankyflier.com/2010/04/06/and-the-winner-is-3/

  141. Ana says:

    Arpey: Hee hee JetBlue will be mine… first step to world domination .. next break the Unions
    Dave: I think my balls are turning blue

  142. Ron says:

    Of course we’re saving on fuel by miniaturizing and going green but what about the passengers and crew?

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