2013 Flying Summary

It’s for the year-end travel summary. This year saw a big jump in travel for me. I flew more more miles in 2013 than any year since 2005, the last time I actually worked for an airline. That’s definitely a surprise since my daughter was born in the middle of 2013 but the two European trips and one Asian trip certainly helped.

Miles: 52,763 (26,242 last year) – most since 2005
Segments: 27 (17 last year) – most since 2009
New Aircraft: ERJ-175
New Airlines: Korean, Jin Air, Compass
New Airports: Dublin, Seoul (Incheon and Gimpo), Jeju, Busan
Most Common Aircraft: CRJ-900, 757-200, 737-800, and A320 (4 flights each)
Most Common Airline: American (8 segments)
Most Common Airport: LAX (8 departures/8 arrivals)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: Long Beach – Phoenix (5 segments)

Here is my FlightMemory domestic travel map beginning when I started keeping track of flights in 1994:
FlightMemory Domestic

And here is the international map, which finally had a line drawn to Asia for the first time this year.
2013_12_31 flightmemoryintl

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Since I don’t fly for business my two trips this year were about average for me.

STL-CLE: ExpressJet ERJ 487 miles. CLE-RIC: ExpressJet 362 miles. RIC-IAD: ExpressJet ERJ 100 miles. IAD-STL: GoJet CR7. Reason for trip: Visiting friends.

STL-LAX: Southwest 73G 1592 miles. LAX-RNO: Southwest 73G 391 miles. RNO-LAS: Southwest 73G 345 miles. LAS-STL: Southwest 73G 1371 miles. Reason for trip: Get away from everyone and everything for a few days.

No new airlines or aircraft types.
Two new airports: CLE & RNO
Total miles: 5344


Miles: 6,422 (4,305last year)
Segments: 6 (6 last year)
New Aircraft: 738-800 new Boeing sky interior
New Airlines: Virgin America, jetBlue
New Airports: Long Beach, San Diego
Most Common Aircraft: A320, 717, 737-800 (2 each)
Most Common Airline: AirTran / American
Most Common Airport: ORD, MKE, SFO (1 Depart/1 Arrival)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: all 1 each

James Burke
Miles – 27,386 (13,653 in 2012) Segements – 39 (29 in 2012) New Aircraft – ATR 42, ATR 72, Avro RJ 100, A346, B739, Fokker 70 New Airlines – Frontier, Allegiant, Lufthansa, Blue Islands, British Airways, KLM, FlyBe, bmi Regional, EasyJet, Swiss, Air Berlin, Czech, Austrian New Airports – Midway, Trenton, Newark, Windsor ON, Hamilton ON, Myrtle Beach, Allentown, Munich, Krakow, Stansted, London-City, Jersey, Gatwick, Edinburgh, Manchester, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Belfast-City, Belfast-Int’l, Luton, Zurich, Basel, Berlin-SXF, Berlin-TXL, Dusseldorf, Prague, Vienna Most Common Aircraft – Q400 11 times Most Common Airline – Porter 9 times Most Common Airport – Toronto-City 6 times… Read more »

Looks like you get around. Happy New Year.


Miles: 242,147 (most ever)
Segments: 173
New Aircraft: None
New Airlines: Finnair, Lufthansa, SAS, Virgin Australia
New Airports: GSP (Greensboro, SC); DRW (Darwin, NT, Australia); DBV (Dubrovnik, Croatia); HEL (Helsinki, Finland); DUS (Dusseldorf, Germany); BDS (Brindisi, Italy)
Most Common Aircraft: Boeing 737 (47 segments)
Most Common Airline: American (81 segments)
Most Common Airport: DCA
Most Common Non-Directional Route: DCA-DFW (18 segments)

Chris St Clair

SYR-MCO-SYR JetBlue A320 2162m
YGK-YYZ-YYC Jazz/AirCanada B1900/A3211834m
YYC-YYZ-YGK AirCanada/Jazz A320/B1900 1834m
YGK-YYZ-YHZ Jazz/AirCanada B1900/B767 968m
YHZ-YYZ-YGK AirCanada/Jazz B767/B1900 968m
YGK-YYZ-LHR Jazz/AirCanada B1900/B777 3711m
LHR-YYZ-YGK AirCanada/Jazz B777/B1900 3711

Jared Hanner
Happy New Year, Cranky! Here’s my summary: Miles: 44,866 (43,063 last year) – most ever for me Segments: 23 (27 last year) New Aircraft: None, though I did fly on the new AA 777-300ER New Airlines: Air Tahiti Nui New Airports: AMS (Amsterdam, NL), MSY (New Orleans, LA), IAD (Dulles/DC, VA) Most Common Aircraft: 737-800 & MD-80 (4 Segments Each) & 777-200 (14,825 mi) Most Common Airline: American (14 segments & 35,866 mi) Most Common Airport: LAX (6 departures/6 arrivals) Most Common Non-Directional Route: LHR – LAX (4 segments & 21,768) This was the year when I flew first class… Read more »

Miles: 26,189 (21,775 last year) Most since 2010
Segments: 40 (34 last year)
New Aircraft: 787-8 (United ORD-IAH, a definite highlight for the year!)
No new airlines this year
New Airports: Portland, ME (PWM), Tampa (TPA), Amarillo (AMA), San Antonio (SAT), Little Rock (LIT)
Most Common Aircraft: 737-700 (20 flights)
Most Common Airline: Southwest (36 segments)
Most Common Airport: PVD (7 departures/8 arrivals)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: Providence-Baltimore (7 segments)

All in all a good year!


1 trip just completed 12/28. FLL-JFK-ICN-MNL-WNP, WNP-MNL-ICN-ATL-MIA. New Airlines: B6 and PAL Express; New Aircrafts: Q400(PAL Express), A380(Korean).
Note: never fly to the Philippines during Christmas again. Traffic and airlines cannot handle the influx of people.


Flights: 231
Miles: 203,722
Time: 460:42 (19.2 Days)
Longest Flight (Distance): 6,628; ICN-DTW
Longest Flight (Duration): 12:36; DTW-NGO
Average Flight: 882 Miles, 2:00
Airports: 52
Airlines: 16
Aircraft Types: 29
Routes: 125
Countries: 7
Most Flown Airline: Delta Air Lines (142)
Most Flown Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-88 (41)
Most Flown Route: ATL-DAY (32)
New Airlines: Air China, ANA Wings, Endeavor Air, GoJet Airlines, J-Air, JetBlue Airways, Korean Air
New Aircraft: Airbus A380-800, Boeing 737-500, Boeing 737-900ER, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 787-8

Miles – 27,461 Segements – 36 (plus one flight that diverted back to the departure airport after takeoff) New Aircraft – Embraer 170, Embraer 175 New Airlines – Alaska New Airports – Lafayette (LFT), St. Thomas (STT), San Juan (SJU), Indianapolis (IND) Most Common Aircraft – Embraer ERJ-145 8 segments Most Common Airline – United (including Express) 19 segments (plus aforementioned diversion) Most Common O/D Airport – Burlington (BTV) 5 departures, 4 arrivals Most Common Transit Airport – Washington-Reagan (DCA) 5 connections Most Common Route – BTV-DCA (and vice-versa) 5 times Longest Flight (distance and duration) – BOS-SFO 2,700 mi… Read more »
David SF eastbay

Outside of working in the oil industry or visiting relatives, not many people would go to Deadhorse, Alaska. What were you doing in Prudoe Bay?


Miles: 24,839 (25,942 last year)
Segments: 17 (38 last year)
New Aircraft: A380, A330-200
New Airlines: KLM, Air France
New Airports: Dublin, MIA, MAN, AMS, CDG
Most Common Aircraft: 737-800 (7 flights)
Most Common Airline: United (8 segments)
Most Common Airport: IAD (10 Flights) first time it beat DCA

Miles Split almost equal between star, Sky Team and One World


I did not keep track in 2012. I did in 2013.

Miles (per GCM) – 46,451
Segments – 46
New Aircraft – A380-800, B772ER
New Airline – Air France
New Airports – ABQ,BCN,CDG,PHL
Most Common Aircraft – Tie CRJ and CR7 at 8 each.
Most Common Airline – United. 21 including express.
Most Common O/D Airport – LAX (13)
Most Common Transit – SLC (4)
Most Common Route – LAX-ABQ
Longest Flight – LAX-CDG 5,670 miles
Shortest Flight – DFW-IAH 224 miles (was going to ride the 787 in Feb. 2013, but that didn’t happen)



One more flight to go this year, AUS to OAK at 18:00….

So far, 18 Flights, 20,361 Miles.


PS – and a complete flip in airports this year:

2012 saw 9 trips involving OAK, and 5 for SFO
2013 gets 12 at SFO and only 4 at OAK.

I guess traffic really is down at OAK… :-(


Miles: 48,399
New Aircraft: none
New Airline: SAS
New Airports: Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Oslo
Most Common Airport: EWR
Most Common Non-Directional Route: no repeats!

Jared Hanner

Question about flight tracking… What does everyone use? I have used Openfights.org for a while, but it seems like everyone here is using flightmemory.com. How do they compare? Any others out there?


I like Flight Memory for keeping a good database and list of aircraft flown but I like flightdiary.net for their map. It’s also nice to have two datebases in case one disappears.

David M

Flightdiary has a better map since you can zoom and move around. But it seems to be abandoned from the developer side; I reported missing airlines a year ago and they haven’t been added. OpenFlights has an awkward user interface. I’d also like something that let’s you dig around the data more.


Miles: 20586 (last year: 30214)
Segments: 8 (last year: 8)
New Aircraft: Beechcraft 1900D
New Airline: Silver Airways
New Airports: Havre, Montana (HVR); Billings, Montana (BIL)
Most Common Aircraft: 747-400 (2 combi, 1 passenger)
Most Common Airline: Delta (3 segments)
Most Common Airport: SLC (2 departures/2 arrivals)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: LAX–AMS (2 segments)

Since moving to Boston from California and living on my own, I’ve done a bunch more flying than any previous year. Combined with a whirlwind round-the-world trip and two trips to Europe, I was able to manage a lot of new aircraft types, airlines, and airports. Miles: 84,131 (24,456 last year) Segments: 94 (30 last year) New Aircraft Types: A310-300, A321, A340-300, A340-600, 737-400, 737-500, 747-400, 777-300, 787-8, DC-9-50, Dornier 328JET, Fokker 50, Fokker 70, Saab 340, Saab 2000, BAe ATP, ATR 72, Jetstream 32, Metroliner, Convair 580, King Air A100, Shorts Skyvan, Cessna 402, Waco YMF-5, Britten-Norman Islander, Robinson… Read more »

Miles: 58,234 (28,856 last year)
Segments: 47 (26 last year)
New Aircraft: 747-8, Airbus A340-300
New Airlines: SAS
New Airports: Istanbul, Vienna, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Frankfurt, Wilmington, Cleveland
Most Common Aircraft: Embraer 145 (ugh)
Most Common Airline: United Airlines
Most Common Airport: Houston (lots of connections)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: Washington National-Chicago


Austrian was also a new airline


Miles Flown: 128,122
Segments: 97
Carriers: 18 (American, American Eagle, Air Canada, Delta, SWISS, SAS, Express Jet, United, Southwest, Air France, Porter, British Airways, AirKenya, Regional Air, KLM, Pinnacle, Sky Regional, WestJet)
Countries: 16 (USA, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, England, France, Monaco, Italy, Kenya, Tanzania, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland)


I don’t have openflights or flight memory but it sounds like something worth looking into. I just finished my last flight for 2013 – a total of 77,203 in 61 segments, all on United. Just about the same as the previous year. I don’t know how those Global Services folks do it. Happy New Year!


Miles: just under 165,000 (ouch)
Segments: 85
New Aircraft: Boeing 787 Dreamliner
New Airlines: Lufthansa, Air Lingus, Cebu Pacific, JAL, Air Do
New Airports: Frankfurt, Budapest, Sapporo, Sendai, Dublin, Grand Forks ND
Most Common Aircraft: 737-800, 777, CRJ-XXX
Most Common Airline: United (SFO hub captive)
Most Common Airport: SFO


Miles Flown: 94,804 (121,287 previous year)
Segments: 83
New Aircraft: A321, B744, B734, CRJ9
New Carriers: Lufthansa (LH), Air France (FR), British Airways (BA), Virgin Atlantic (VS), SAS (SK), Alaska (AS), Icelandair (FI)
Most Common Aircraft: A319, A320, B738, B73G
Most Common Airline: Alaska (AS) (21 segments)
Most Common Airport: Denver (DEN)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: DEN-SFO (18 segs)

Cody C

Miles: approximately 25,000 miles (most ever) \o/
Segments: 16
New Aircraft: A380
New Airlines: none
New Airports: Louisville
Most Common Aircraft: A380 (4 segments)
Most Common Airline: United (sigh) (7 segments)
Most Common Airport: PIT (2 departres, 3 arrivals)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: PIT-EWR (3 segments)

Cody C

Miles: approximately 25,000 miles (most ever) \o/
Segments: 16
New Aircraft: A380
New Airlines: none
New Airports: Louisville
Most Common Aircraft: A380 (4 segments)
Most Common Airline: United (sigh) (7 segments)
Most Common Airport: PIT (2 departres, 3 arrivals)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: PIT-EWR (3 segments)

The problem with a site like FlightMemory, is that it creates the desire to collect aircraft types, airlines and airports – a bit like stamp collecting. Spotting the plane from behind a fence isn’t enough – I gotta fly it as well. No hope airline that’ll likely go bust in 3 months time opens a route between my home city and some tiny hut with a strip of tarmac in the middle of nowhere, miles from the nearest big city ? If it’s the same continent as my home, I gotta buy a ticket there now ! Some people fly… Read more »
Jason H

Miles: 47,616
Segments: 25
New Aircraft: B787 (on the inaugural NRT-SJC flight incidentally)
New Airlines: none
New Airports: THS (Sukothai, Thailand)
Most Common Aircraft: B737 (8)
Most Common Airline: United/Delta/Alaska (5 each)
Most Common Airport: NRT/OAK (4 departures/arrivals each)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: Seattle-Oakland (6)

Chicago Chris

Miles: 98,507 (most ever, all domestic)
Segments: 130 (all United)
New Aircraft: Q300, Q200
New Airlines: Chautauqua (dba United Express)
New Airports: Indianapolis, Memphis, Columbus, Idaho Falls, Kalispell, Mt., Billings, Mt., Washington Reagan
Most Common Aircraft: CRJ-200 (Top three are all RJs)
Most Common Airline: United mainline (46), Skywest (31)
Most Common Airport: DEN (58 arrivals/departures)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: Denver-Great Falls,Mt.


Miles: 34,380 (25,997 last year)
Segments: 37 (24 last year)
New Aircraft: CRJ-700
New Airlines: Virgin America
New Airports: ALB, OAK, SFO
Most Common Aircraft: A321 (13 Segments)
Most Common Airline: US Airways (29 segments)
Most Common Airport: PHX (27 departures/arrivals)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: PHX-DEN (9 segments)

Amazing, and congratulations! Just wondering, do you keep FlightAware flight tracks for each of your trips? Perhaps a log listing each of the VORs you’ve flown over? You didn’t ask, but a favorite VOR of mine is the one there at the Lancaster, Pa. airport, one that is a wonderful marker for flights inbound to Dulles from Europe. Thanks to Channel 9, love to hear ATC: “Cross Lan-caster VOR, 17,000 or above [any lower, and you’ll have a Philly inbound to deal with]) (Pilots: it’s LANK-a-ster, not Lan-caster!) And, yes, I’ve taken lots of pictures over that VOR, of the… Read more »

Phew – and there was me thinking I was an oddball for wanting to fly commercial into or out of every commercial airport in Europe. Someone else had the bug far worse…

Derek Pugh

Total Mileage: 41,733 (Most Ever, qualified AA Gold)
Total Segments: 36 (Most Ever)
New Aircraft: 747-400, Avro RJ-45
New Airlines: AS, NK, F9, VY, I2, WX, SwiftAir (on behalf of VY)
New Airports: LCY, FLR, FCO, BCN, ALC, PDX, ANC, AMA
Most Common Airline: American
Most Common Airport: LAX (20 arrivals or departures)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: LAX-DFW (10 segments)


Miles: 107,162
Segments: 84
New Aircraft: None
New Airlines: JetStar (JQ)
New Airports: Queenstown, NZ (ZQN); Mexico City (MEX); Pensacola, FL (PNS)
Most Common Aircraft: A321 and CRJ-900 (19 segments each)
Most Common Airline: US Airways (76 segments)
Most Common Airport: PHX (32 departures/33 arrivals)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: Fresno (FAT) – Phoenix (PHX) (17 segments)


Sadly, with no more business travel, most of my future years will be even bleaker than this one. I’m also going to soon kiss goodbye to my AA elite status, which I’ve held continuously since a Platinum challenge in January, 2006.

Miles – 13,764
Segments – 15
New aircraft – B737-800 with “Sky” interior
New airlines – none
New airports – ABQ, BZE, ELP, SEA
Most common aircraft – 737 (14 segments)
Most common airline – WN (8 segments)
Most common airport – DFW (3 departures/3 arrivals)
Most common route – a 15-way tie for first, as I had the distinction of flying 15 unique segments!


Oops – I forgot a UA trip paid for with miles in August. So that changes things to:

Miles – 16,509
Segments – 17
Most common airport – DFW (4 departures/4 arrivals)
Most common route – make it 17 unique segments

David M

Miles: 42,876 (26,242 last year)
Segments: 23 (17 last year)
New Aircraft: A330-200, A330-300
New Airlines: none
New Airports: Amsterdam, Minneapolis
Most Common Aircraft: 787-800 (8 segments)
Most Common Airline: Southwest (6 segments)
Most Common Airport: SAN (9 departures/9 arrivals)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: San Diego – Honolulu (5 segments)
Special liveries flown: AS Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II, AS Employee Powered
Go-arounds: 1 (VX A320 at SAN)

David M

Oops, I forgot to update last years numbers; those are Cranky’s.

Last year I flew 55,713 miles in 31 segments.

Frederick R

Miles: 13,363 (8,005 last year)
Segments: 14 (12 last year)
New Aircraft: DC-9-50
New Airlines: Pinnacle (DBA Delta), ExpressJet (DBA United)
New Airports: DTW, ATL, GUA, STL, MLI
Most Common Aircraft: Tie – 757-200, CRJ-200 (3 each)
Most Common Airline: Delta (5 segments)
Most Common Airport: 3 way tie – ORD (1 arr, 1 dep, 1 cnx), MDW (1 arr, 2 dep), LAX (1 dep/2 arr)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: ORD-ATL, ATL-GUA, round trip (all other segments unique)

A big highlight this year was also in that I flew F for the first time :)


I did just fine, except the daughter part. Need more practice?

Quite a biggun’ for me: Miles: 89,957 (58,000ish last year) New Aircraft: ERJ-175, Dash-8 (100) New Airlines: Jazz New Airports: YVR, YYJ, STL, FCO Most Common Aircraft: 777-200 Most Common Airline: United Most Common Airport: LHR Did a mental itinerary in September, which was LHR-IAD-LHR-LAX-YVR-YYJ-YVR-ORD-LHR, which involved crossing the Atlantic 3 times in 30 hours (to the extent where I literally got straight back on the same 777-200 I flew in on to go back to LA). Also flew BA for the first time in a VERY long time, to go to Rome (fabulous, fabulous city). Hoping 2014 brings the… Read more »
Like some of the other posters, not a biz traveler. That said, here are my 2013 stats: Miles flown: 14576 (record for me) Segments: 12 New Aircraft: A330-200 New Airlines: Hainan Airlines, China Southern New Airports: Beijing Capital, Haikou Meilan, Guangzhou Baiyun, Shanghai Pudong Most Common Aircraft: B737 (-300, -400, -700, -800) Most Common Airline: Southwest (4 segments) Most Common Airport: HAK (Haikou)–This surprised me but to date I’ve used it 3 times since moving to China in September. CHI would be next (1-ORD, 2-MDW) Coming up in 2014…. First Premium Class Trip: Used AAdvantage miles for a Business/First AAward… Read more »

Miles Flown: 127,730
Segments: 73
New Carriers: 5 (Air Asia, Amaszonas, Avianca, Ethiopian Airlines, Precision Air)
Countries (Not including Layovers): 14 (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, China, Columbia, UK, Israel, Kenya, Palestine, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, USA)
US States: 21 (CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, IL, KY, LA, MD, MO, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, DC, TX, VA, WV)


Miles: 113,982
Segments: 72
New Aircraft: none
New Airlines: Sichuan Airlines (3U), Hainan Airlines (HU)
New Airports: Lhasa (LHZ)
Most Common Aircraft: A319 (10)
Most Common Airline: United (36)
Most Common Airport: Chicago O’Hare (34)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: San Francisco Chicago, Chengdu Hong Kong (10 each)


Miles: 8,033 (13,250 last year)
Segments: 12 (10 last year)
New Aircraft: B737-900 (and also a new [literally] B738 with BSI!)
New Airlines: N/A
New Airports: DCA, NAS
Most Common Aircraft: CRJ-200, CRJ-900, MD-88, A320 (2 flights each)
Most Common Airline: Delta (10 segments)
Most Common Airport: DSM (3 departures/3 arrivals)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: DSM-DTW, DSM-ATL


40 segs on most utilized (delta) 50,000+++ miles
1st time to nashville..
6 segs on not dominant =United


Here you go Brett:

Miles flown = ~250,000 (219K revenue, others FF)
Segments = 143
Most frequent city pair = SFO/ORD (many connections)
Most common carrier = United (0 segments on non-star alliance)
New carriers = Aegean
New destinations = Vienna, Athens, Santorini, BUF


Miles: 34,878
Segments: 15
New Aircraft: 747-400
New Airlines: British Airways, Air Berlin, Lufthansa
New Airports: London-Heathrow, Berlin-Tegel,
Most Common Aircraft: 319, 772 (3 segments each)
Most Common Airline: American (7 segments)
Most Common Airport: DEN (6 departures/5 arrivals)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: Buenos Aires-DFW, PDX-DEN ( 3 segments each)