Celebrating 5 Cranky Years

If you’ll be near LAX this Saturday, mark your calendar to celebrate 5 Cranky years. Join me and Johnny Jet at In ‘n Out for a little plane spotting between 11a and 1p.

Exactly five years ago today, I published the first post of The Cranky Flier. Actually, back then I wasn’t on any sort of schedule so I put five posts live. I guess I Cranky Turns 5had a lot more to say. Want to know how much times have changed since then?

Yep, times have changed, but one thing hasn’t. As I said in my very first post, “I have a lot of seemingly useless knowledge about the airline industry that somehow comes in handy sometimes. I’m always getting emails and phone calls from friends asking for advice on buying tickets, getting to the airport, etc. Now I’ve decided to move these conversations to a public forum so others can benefit.” Since then, it’s been a great ride.

I’ve published 1,641 posts since that day, and there have been more than 23,000 comments (not including spam). There have been more than 4.5 million page views from over a million unique visitors in 226 countries from Christmas Island to Niger, French Guiana, you name it. On top of that, there are nearly 7,000 subscribers. (If you want Cranky in your inbox for free, go here.)

Simply put, it’s pretty awesome, and I have you all to thank. Sure, I can write this stuff, but if nobody is commenting, then it’s no fun at all. Where else could you get more than 300 comments on an airline that doesn’t exist and probably never will?

I’m spending the rest of this week like Oprah. No, I’m not giving out cars or anything like that, but I’m giving other stuff away to thank you for coming to the site and for participating. I’ve contacted a handful of airlines to see if they’d be interested in contributing to the celebration, and a few have agreed to contribute some trinkets to the cause. I’ve also dug into my memorabilia stash and decided to give away a few small things. Stay tuned this week for more info on that.

And as I said up top, if you’re in Southern California, mark this Saturday on your calendar. I think it’s time for a Cranky get together, and what better place to do it than at the In ‘n Out at LAX? I’ll be there from 11a to 1p, and my friend Johnny Jet will be joining me. So if you’d like to come by and do some good old-fashioned spotting, swing by and say hello.

Thanks for five excellent years so far. What are some of your favorites posts? Images? What would you like to see more of in the next five years?

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Nick Barnard
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Congrats!

I don’t know how I’d start my day without some CrankyFlyer!

Nick Barnard
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You know, its so weird to go flip through those old entries.. No comments on many of them..

Andy
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Andy

Brett – I’ve been reading since nearly the beginning, and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the work you put into this blog. Keep up the good work, and congrats on five great years!

Dan
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I haven’t been reading as long as Andy, but ditto on the rest of the post.

Eric
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Eric

Congratulations, Cranky!!! I had the privilege of reading your blogs starting in ’06 (Fall) or 07′ (Spring) when I was a junior at CSULA’s Aviation Admin program. All those RESEARCHING during class time paid off =] I even advertised and encouraged my friends and professor to check out the site, telling them, this blogger has a great sense of humor, good writing skills, AND provide sensible information in aviation. I still remember saying to them, hey, this Cranky guy started his blog site not too many months ago. Anyway, thanks, and please keep jetting across the net. You’re great! -Eric

SEAN
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HB Cranky! Keep it up you are doing a great job.

What’s your favorite aviation film if you have one. As for me it’s Red Eye STARRING Rachel Mcadams & the most obvious one of all, AIRPLANE!

Jon
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Jon

My year isn’t complete without the “Airlines we lost.” post.

David SF eastbay
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Happy five years of being Cranky

m.lyons
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m.lyons

Well done on the first five years. Looking forward to many more years of the cranky insight. Great work and congratulations!

b757capt
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b757capt

Way to go cranky. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate your posts. Thanks!

JC Whattheheck
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Brett- Happy 5 years ! Always enjoy your posts and the (sometimes) whacky comments. Wish I could make it to In-N-Out for some spotting and maybe a double double and neo shake. Unfortunately, won’t be able to make it. Enjoy!

Ryan
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I might just have to hop on a morning flight to LAX. In-N-Out and airplanes? That’s quite a compelling argument.

Jillian
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Congratulations!!

DesertGhost
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Your artwork suggests an idea. Why not start an airline? Heck, everyone else has. On the other hand, where are nearly all of them? Gone; and most left the scene with much lighter wallets. Maybe turning billions into millions isn’t a good idea after all, but at least you have a cool livery. Congratulations.

DesertGhost
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Come to think of it, instead of starting a new airline from scratch, there may be some folks in Dallas and / or Indianapolis who might be willing to unload an airline or two – cheap (maybe not cheap enough for you or anyone else to make money, but cheap). LOL!!!

Again, all the best and in your current endeavors. I’m almost certain you’re doing far better than you would if you took my silly and rather poor attempt at humor seriously.

Eric in ICT
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Brett-As others have said, congrats on five awesome years and thanks for being a part of my morning routine that often makes me smile. My favorite parts of the Cranky Flier “experience” are the trip reports, the way you use humor in your writing, your honest analysis and the occasions when you make me feel better about my own airline geekiness by talking about your childhood aviation adventures!

Stay Cranky!

johnny
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Woo hoo! Who’s getting a Double Double??

Bill Hough
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Bill Hough

“What are some of your favorites posts?”

The ones with the phrase “airplane porn” in them.

DB
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Congratulations, Brett.

I wasn’t a reader when you wrote about Family Airlines, but I was curious when you mentioned them in this post. Have you checked out their website lately? They are now Avatar Airlines.

RB
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Still aren’t going anywhere…

bobbie.egan
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Congratulations on five successful years, Brett. Your analysis, humor and insights have become a cherished part of my morning routine. Wishing you continued success over the next five years.

david
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Congrats Brett! Your ability to not react quickly, but slow down and take time to absorb and think things through has been a big influence on me. I have very much enjoyed reading your blog and your sense of humor. Until we meet again…

David

ustadnicka
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ustadnicka

This is my favorite post of the day. Congrats and thank you.

jaybru
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Well done!

martin.riecken
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Dear Brett, Here’s to you for five years of continous and relentless aviation reporting. You’ve established the “Cranky Flier” as a landmark in the beat of aviation, well-noted and frequently read from me and my folks. Your analysis is always in-depth, fact-checked, profound, and often humorous, which makes it even more enjoyable to read. Thanks for always choosing accuracy over time-to-market. And all the best for the next five years, and many more to come!

john96
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Cranky, I love the livery.

Paul Ferdinand
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Congratulations! I love your blog. You know you’ve hit the big time when you get to chat on You Tube with Air New Zealand’s Rico!

JM
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Congrats, Brett!

Looking forward to the 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th anniversaries, too.

JM

davidsoffe
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davidsoffe

Congrats Brett,

Would head along to the meet-up, but being in Dublin might pose somewhat of a problem!!

David

alang
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alang

Congrats Brett. Great blog! Wish I could be at your gathering (both to meet you and other Cranky-geeks) and to get an In ‘n Out fix, but it’s a bit much of a trip.

Maybe you should send Double-Double care packages? :)

Rui A.
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Rui A.

Congrats Brett, from a fan of 2+ years in LIS.

Kristy
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Kristy

Brett,

Congrats on your accomplishment! And, thanks for a great ride, my seatbelt is fastened low and tight across my lap for the rest of the trip. I know it will be a great one!

Best,
Kristy

Jeff
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Jeff

Brett,
As a reader and customer…congrats!!! Keep up the great work. Happy Anniversary!

Jeff

rich (arizona)
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Congratulations. I enjoy your blog. I’ve also found your other services worth the money (trip monitoring and FF awards).

Thank you
Rich (Scottsdale)

Arturo
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Arturo

Congrats Cranky! would love to go plane spotting with ya, but I’ll be up at Stanford for a friend’s wedding. Congrats again!

eleanor.c.moore
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Congratulations Mr. Cranky – you’re doing a super job, reporting such interesting stories. I certainly enjoy reading them, and sure miss my career in the industry.
Let us know when you come to Houston!

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Greg
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Greg

Crankyflier is one of the few websites I go to every day. I always appreciate your analysis and the discussions that follow, and they’ve unquestionably strengthened my arsenal in the battle for air service as a small regional airport. Best articles – “Alitalia, the Worst Airline Ever” and “Alitalia, Still the Worst Airline Ever.” I still chuckle over those. Best new invention – the Cranky Jackass Award. Best movie…Airport, not Airplane. C’mon, it’s got Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, George Kennedy, and Jacqueline Bisset! Thanks, Brett. Keep up the great work.

Ken
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Ken

Congrats on 5! Keep it going!!

I think I can make it out on Saturday. What’s the best way to get from the terminal to the In-N-Out?

frank
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frank

Your site takes alot of work, I unofficially ran a travel site on AOL for many years. “Air Travel Advice”. Why? I enjoyed it and enjoyed the people who became attracted to it. In the end, these people educated me in the process. I love your slant on reporting aviation issues because let’s get realistic, we’ve debated some of these issues ad nauseum. example: TSA. Your choice of reporting is unique. And, you attract a bright, experienced group of travelers and their opinions. It’s always interesting and I always wonder what Cranky has to say, this week. Your efforts are… Read more »

yo
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Hey, is there a shuttle from Terminal One? LOL Not a big In-N-Out fan..seeing as I don’t eat beef since 1984ish. Congrats on 5 years, its always readable and fun, its an intoxicating thing being a plane geek…(as I look in the mirror…)

Erik Budde
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Man, now I feel bad for not commenting more often. Just know that I read every post and really enjoy what you do. Congrats!

Tom
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Congrats from LateDeparture, Brett, awesome stuff going for 5 great years!

And I do like your style of celebrating at the LAX In ‘n Out burger joint – awesome plane spotting point as I got to experience first hand last week!

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Xtina
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Congrats Brett and Crankyflier! I’ve been reading every day too (albeit mostly silently) for over a year. You have a great blog – one of my favorites! I appreciate both your content and your sense of humor. Keep up the good work!

Plus1
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Congrads on the 5 years! Keep up the good work. I read this blog daily because it is so useful and informative. There are too many blog/media outlets that simply report what is published without any analysis, and your analysis are much more useful and spot-on.

Axelsarkiss
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Favorites?

The whole Family Airlines thing. That was great….

Keep up the great work, Brett.

Erik Budde
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Erik Budde

Wow, now I feel bad for not commenting more often. Just to let you know, I do read every post and appreciate your effort. Congrats on 5 years!

Axelsarkiss
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Yea, so do I. I used to comment a lot, (putting me in the over 100 list) but I really have not commented much lately. Yes, I’m still here; yes, I do read still.