2017 Flying Summary


There’s no question 2016 was a bad year for flying for me, but 2017 was so much better. The only thing 2017 lacked was a long haul trip. I surprised myself when I looked back to find that I haven’t left North America since May 2015. That’s going to change in 2018. Here’s the 2017 wrap. Let’s start with the visual, thanks to the Great Circle Mapper.

Miles: 37,306 (13,391 last year)
Segments: 43 (23 last year)
New Aircraft: 737-400 Combi, Cessna Grand Caravan (Amphib and Land), Piper Chieftain
New Airlines: Alaska Seaplanes, Makani Kai, Mokulele, PSA (smile-less regional version)
New Airports: Cancun, Cordova, Yakutat, Juneau, Angoon, Tenakee Springs, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan, Santa Rosa, Kalaupapa, Waimea
Most Common Aircraft: 737-700 and 737-400 (7 flights each)
Most Common Airline: Alaska (10 segments)
Most Common Airport: Los Angeles (10 departures/7 arrivals)
Most Common Non-Directional Route: Long Beach – Las Vegas (4 segments)

That was the highest number of flights in a year since the last time I actually worked for an airline, 2005, but so many of these were short. The shortest, of course, was Kalaupapa to Ho’olehua on topside Moloka’i at 9 miles, but I had an incredible 18 flights under 250 miles. (You can definitely thank my Milk Run on Alaska for a number of those.)

I flew to a bunch of new airports on some new (to me) small airlines flying new (again, to me) small airplanes. It was quite a year. But as I said, I haven’t left the continent in far too long. There’s already one trip planned with another under consideration. Let’s see what 2018 brings.

Now it’s your turn to put me to shame. How was your 2017?

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89 comments on “2017 Flying Summary

    1. Christophe – That is debatable. While I believe it is generally not considered part of a continent, its political ties are to North America so it’s often lumped in. Either way, I didn’t visit another continent.

  1. Hi Brett: This was a personal record for me. I flew 218,649 United miles and 79 segments on the airline. I also flew assorted other miles, including 9130 American Airlines miles, 3035 Delta Air Lines miles and 8906 Alaska Airlines miles. I know there some British Airways, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus miles, but I believe they were swept up into one of the four above. I think I had two Southwest flights when I was in Texas, but didn’t count them, and I had one Hawaiian Airlines flight coming back from Honolulu last February, but that also went uncredited.

    So, grand total was something between 85 and 90 flights and 239,720 credited miles, which is a. a personal record for me and b. a lot of flying. If I had the flights I didn’t get credit for, it was probably closer to 250,000 miles, still a lot of flying.

    I have vowed not to do that this year.

    Have a fabulous new year.

    Best, Helane


  2. I wont be putting you to shame Cranky.

    Took 4 trips this year:

    STL-MCO-SJU-MCO-STL. 4,141 miles. All segments WN, 737-700.

    STL-DEN-STL. 1,540 miles. Both segments WN, 737-700…again.

    STL-ATL-CHS-ATL-STL. 1,487 miles. All segments DL. 3x md-88, 1 757-200.

    STL-MIA-GCM-MIA-STL. 3,042 miles All segments AA. 3x A 319, 1x E-175 (Envoy).

    New Airports: CHS, GCM. No new aircraft types.

    Total miles: 10,208.

      1. ATL-STL. Was originally an MD-90 and was pleasantly surprised when it was changed…especially in Economy +.

  3. Miles: 96,046 (100,515 last year)
    Segments: 144 (148 last year)
    New Aircraft: Augusta Westland 139, Bombardier CS 300, Fairchild Metroliner
    New Airlines: Aero4M, Air China, Air Europa, Air Mediterranean, Air Serbia, Alba Star, Albawings, Alitalia Cityliner, ASL Airlines Ireland, Avanti Air, CSA Czech Airlines, Easyjet Europe, Enter Air, Ernest, FlyOne, FlyViking, Gowair, Hainan Airlines, Helity, Helvetic, Israir, Jota Aviation, Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter, LOT, Luxair, North Flying, Norwegian Air UK, Plus Ultra, Qatar Airways, Small Planet, SprintAir, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Thomson, Travel Service, TUS Airways, Ukraine International, XL Airways France
    New Airports: Algeciras, Antalya, Arad, Bastia, Belgrade, Biarritz, Bodø, Bolzano, Carcassonne, Ceuta, Donegal, Essaouira, Fagernes, Graz, Haifa, Hammerfest, Harstad/Narvik, Hemavan, Kiev-Boryspil, Kittilä, Klagenfurt, Kramfors, Liepaja, Lorient, Lycksele, Narvik, Östersund, Palanga, Pori, Rimini, Rovaniemi, Thessaloniki, Timisoara, Tromsø, Tuzla, Vilhelmina, Vinnytsia, Vitoria, Volos, Warsaw-Modlin, Zakynthos
    Most Common Aircraft: Boeing 737 (50 segments)
    Most Common Airline: Easyjet (22 segments)
    Most Common Airport: London-Gatwick (17 departures / 17 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: London-Gatwick – Stockholm-Arlanda (9 segments)

  4. A record low of two round trips in 2017. Since retiring, I can say I don’t miss the hassle of flying. Only flew CVG-PHX via ATL and CVG-SMF via LAX with a return through SLC all on DL. Gotta burn those accumulated Skymiles up.

    My Global Entry is up for renewal and I’m seriously thinking of saving the bucks by not renewing. There may be one international trip in 2018, but unless I fly more than a couple times a year, getting the domestic speed pass through security isn’t that big of deal.

  5. Unlike you, Cranky, just *getting* my wife to go through an airport with me is becoming so difficult as to possibly make that impossible for future flights. She’s headstrong, independent, and knows what to do even if I set up the travel arrangements. (sigh)

    Neither of us flew much when we were working, btw. Now that we are retired, we can fly more to visit friends and family back in the United States. 2017 was such a year.

    The rundown: UIO to MEX (layover) to LAX on Aeromexico, LAX to DEN, DEN to MDW, MDW to DTW, DTW to FLL all on MW, FLL to UIO on JetBlue, UIO to CUE on LATAM. 8,610 miles total. That was a lot for us. . . cheaper to fly than take Greyhound or Amtrak.

    Plans for 2018: nada. Flying in the US, combined with having to pay lodging, car rental, etc. gets expensive when you’re a retiree. Gotta save up for the next time – I hope.

    Come see Quito and Ecuador sometime, Brett. Nice new airport, all services at the airport – including a new Layover Stay – and a safe, welcoming environment. We love living here in the southern Andes Sierra here in Cuenca.

  6. For me, this year it was rather simple:
    MNL-DPS, DPS-MNL (May 2017)
    MNL-ICN (June 2017), ICN-MNL (July 2017)

    Just two trips and four separate flights, but I’m not exactly a frequent flyer anyway (last year my only trips were MNL-HND/HND-MNL).

  7. Miles: 7,351
    Segments: 10
    New Aircraft: none
    New Airlines: Flair Air
    New Airports: YDF (Deer Lake NL)
    Most Common Aircraft: 737-700 (3 Flights)
    Most Common Airline: WestJet (5 segments)
    Most Common Airport: Halifax (5 departures / 5 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: Halifax – Hamilton (twice)

      1. Our experience was kind of weird – our inbound was really delayed due to ice fog in Edmonton, so we didn’t leave Halifax until closer to 2 am (scheduled departure was 8pm). I think the plane was doing some Air Transat flying, since their in flight magazine was on the plane. The in flight crew was really good, and the pilots were good with communication and getting everything on the go as quick as possible. Pretty similar experience from what I’ve had on Frontier.
        We were supposed to fly them again in October, but they reconfigured their ops and cancelled our flight. Luckily there were still good fares on WestJet for YHZ-YHM so our trip wasn’t ruined, but it didn’t leave us with the best taste in our mouth. Looking forward to see what Jetlines will bring to our home market come summertime.

        1. James – Yikes, that doesn’t sound good at all, though not all Flair’s fault. But it does seem like there’s been a lot of moving around of schedules. That doesn’t bode well for an airline trying to get its footing.

  8. Busiest year for me ever.

    Miles: 68,373 (27,405 last year)
    Segments: 53 (34 last year)
    New Aircraft: 777-300ER,747-800I,
    New Airlines: Qatar, Swiss, Austrian
    New Airports: DOH, BRU,ZRH, VIE
    Most Common Aircraft: CRJ-700 (25) (the entire United/Mesa IAD Fleet)
    Most Common Airline: United/Mesa
    Most Common Airport: IAD
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: IAD-PIT (14)

  9. 115,000. All Domestic. Most on United. A few on Delta.
    87 segments this year with the most frequent airports being ORD and MCO.
    Longest trip was SEA-MCO via Denver or SFO-MCO via EWR (my original flight via DEN was cancelled).

  10. A quiet year for me. Only three trips (all on DL or DL regional partners):


  11. Miles: 65,399
    Segments: 38
    New Aircraft: Sadly None
    New Airlines: Qatar Airways, Mango, TAP, Frontier, Comair (South Africa)
    Most Common Aircraft: 737-700 (10)
    Most Common Airline: Southwest (15)
    Most Common Airport: Nashville (20)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: BNA-PHX, BNA-LAX, BNA-DEN, ORD-ZRH, ZRH-OPO, TYS-ORD, JNB-CPT all tied with 2

  12. I started a job with an airline this year… so I’m probably disqualified, but I definitely had my biggest year ever, at 93 segments, 110,000 miles, and dozens of new airports. FWIW, my son, aged 21 months, completed 79 segments and 84,000 miles this year. I have to wonder if that’s some sort of 1-year-old record… :)

    P.S. I should probably point out that my job with the airlines is as a data analyst, so I fly a desk for work. Hence, almost all of those miles were for fun on the weekends, with just one short business trip thrown in.

    1. What type of work does a data analyst do for an airline? Do you do work with SQL? I’m very curious!

      1. I do some SQL work, yes. Some of my colleagues do even more.
        I work on pretty typical data science tasks, cleaning and analyzing data, clustering and machine learning algorithms, etc. All in a revenue management context.

  13. Flying mostly inside Brazil… Just one international trip to the United States, which included Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks… :)

    Miles: 23,635 (62,245 last year)
    Segments: 37 (42 last year)
    New Aircraft: A320neo
    New Airlines: Delta (!) – Burning some old Northwestern Skymiles
    New Airports: Jackson Hole (JAC) , Salt Lake City (SLC), Jericoacoara (JJD)
    Most Common Aircraft: Embraer 195 (12 segments)
    Most Common Airline: LATAM (JJ) (15 segments)
    Most Common Airport: Belo Horizonte (CNF) (13 departures / 13 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: CNF-CGH (5)
    Longest Flight: ATL-GIG (4,748 miles)
    Shortest Flight: JAC-SLC (204 miles)

  14. Miles: 185,193 (183,741 in 2016) // Segments: 167 (155 in 2016) // New Aircraft: None // New Airlines: Cape Air, Virgin America // New Airports: BTM (Binghamton, NY); COU (Columbia, MO); CTA (Cartagena, Colombia); LIT (Little Rock, AK); PRG (Prague, Czech Republic); SLK (Saranac Lake, NY); STA (Santa Rose, CA); TVC (Traverse City, MI) // New Routes (non-directional): AMS-LHR, AMS-PRG, AMS-SEA, ATL-CTG, ATL-LIT, BOS-SLK, BGM-DTW, COU-DFW, COU-ORD, IND-MCO, LGA-MCO, LIT-ORD, MCO-ORD, MCO-SLC, ORD-TVC, PHX-STS // Most Common Aircraft: Boeing 737 (71 segments) // Most Common Airline: American (102 segments) // Most Common Airport: ORD (91 total arrivals/departures) // Most Common Non-Directional Route: DCA-ORD (36 segments) // [My final flight of 2017 isn’t until tomorrow, but I’m including it now for sake of timely commenting!]

  15. Best year ever!
    Miles: 264,166
    Segments: 93
    New Aircraft: A350, CS100
    New Airlines: Emirates, Czech, Sri Lankan
    Total Airlines: 19
    New Airports: PRG, OSR, FSM, OKC, XNA, MAD, MAN, RDU, GRU, DXB, JED, CMB
    Continents: 6
    Longest Segment: SIN-SFO (8,440)
    Shortest Segment: SIN-KUL (186)
    Most Common Airline: Singapore Airlines (38 segments)
    Most Common Airport: Changi Airport (Singapore, 22 departures and arrivals)

  16. Happy New Year, Cranky!

    Miles: 58,664 (48,129 last year)
    Segments: 32 (33 last year)
    New Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
    New Airlines: None
    New Airports: EDI (Edinburgh), PHL (Philadelphia), VCE (Venice-Marco Polo), DAL (Dallas-Love)
    Most Common Aircraft: 737-700/800 (15 flights)
    Most Common Airline: American (17 segments)
    Most Common Airport: LAX & Burbank (7 departures/7 arrivals each)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: Burbank – Las Vegas (6 segments)

    This year, I was able to keep my American status and had to essentially do a mileage run to get $130 more EQD (I was OK with EQMs) and then got sent on a last minute work trip to NYC, so I didn’t really end up needing it, but had a lovely weekend in Denver!

  17. Miles: 13,628
    Segments: 15
    New Aircraft: None
    New Airlines: WestJet, Frontier
    New Airports: SLC, YVR, YYZ, PDX, DAL
    Most Common Aircraft: 737-700
    Most Common Airline: Southwest
    Most Common Airport: CVG
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: CVG-MDW

  18. I can beat that…in the wrong direction. Two trips to LAX and one trip to Oahu. That’s it. 2018 will be different for sure with at least one and possibly two overseas trips. Plus the requisite trips to Hawaii and LAX.

  19. Miles: 229,171 (217,652 last year)
    Segments: 119 (93 last year)
    New Aircraft: A320neo, Saab 2000, Cessna Grand Caravan
    New Airlines: Spring Airlines, Avianca, SKY Airline, PenAir, Asiana, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Mokulele, Virgin America
    New Airports: PVG, LIM, CUZ, DUT, BUR, GMP, PPT
    Most Common Aircraft: A330-200 (27 flights)
    Most Common Airline: Hawaiian (58 segments)
    Most Common Airport: HNL (35 departures/35 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: HNL – LAX (12 segments)

  20. Miles: 26,556 (22,841 in 2016)
    Segments: 23
    New Aircraft: None
    New Airlines: None
    New Airports: None
    Most Common Aircraft: 330-200 (4 segments)
    Most Common Airline: United (9 segments)
    Most Common Airport: LAX (6 departures/6 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: (tie) LAX-HNL; ORD-CMH (3 segments)
    Longest Segment: LAX-HNL (2,556 miles)
    Shortest Segment: OGG-KOA (73 miles)

    * LAX-HNL became LAX-OGG after a storm diversion on February 6; total reflects LAX-OGG, but there was a lot of circling O‘ahu before a rejected landing at HNL and a diversion to OGG, followed by two hours on the tarmac before finally being let off when the pilots reached their duty limits.

  21. Looks like 27 flights for me this year. Just under 30k miles. I also was only able to say in the States (with a quick hop to British Columbia.)

    This year let me fly YYJ-YVR for the shortest flight, I was able to fly Boutique Aire from OAK-MCE- LAX

  22. Stats:
    Butt in Seat Miles Flown: 170,079

    EQM’s: 271,174

    Segments: 70 (65 paid, 5 award)

    Carriers Flown: (7) AA, EY, QR, BA, HA, RJ, CX


    Longest Segment: 8,390 Miles LAX-AUH on EY in J

    Best Segment: HKG-LAX on CX in J

  23. A busy year by my meager standards.
    20,841 miles, 8 segments (9 if you count a diversion as two).
    New airports: SNA, PIT (diversion), DCA.
    New airlines: Virgin America, Southwest
    New Airplanes: A321neo, 787-8, 787-9
    Most-flown airport: SFO or SJC (2 departures and 2 arrivals each).
    Most common airline (by segments): either United or Southwest (3 segments each)
    Most common airline (by miles): United (SFO-TLV-SFO, IAD-SFO)
    Most common non-directional segment: three-way tie between SFO-TLV, SJC-RNO, and SJC-SNA (2 segments each).
    Most common aircraft: 737-700 (3 segments)

    I’m probably looking at three or four trips in 2018, with one to BWI, one to BOS, one to TLV, and possibly one to RNO. We’ll have to see, but it looks like a good year.

  24. Total Miles: 45,317 total
    Miles Non-Rev: 14,613 (sky pesos for the win)
    Segments: 38
    Countries: 6
    New Airports: VIE, CLT, SNA, AMS
    New Aircraft: None
    New Airlines: KLM
    Most Common Aircraft: 757-200
    Most Common Airline: Delta – 32 segments
    Most Common Airport (destination): LAX
    Shortest Flight: 304 miles ATL-LEX
    Longest Flight: 4210 miles MSP-CDG

    A little above average year for me, if there is an average. Most surprising to me was how much was on award tickets.

  25. Miles – 62,072 (75,222 in 2016)
    Segments – 61 (73 in 2016)
    New Aircraft – 77L
    New Airports – FCO, VCE, AMS
    New Airline – KLM
    Most Common Airline – Delta (58)
    Most Common Airport – SLC
    Most Frequent Routes – LAX-SLC, SLC-ABQ
    Most Common Aircraft – E175

  26. Total Miles: 7,738 (including a weekend RT tomorrow)
    Segments: 14
    Countries: 2
    New Airports: MKE, AZO, YQB, CHS
    New Aircraft: None
    New Airlines: None
    Most Common Aircraft: CRJ200 & E145 (4x each)
    Most Common Airline: Delta – 6 segments
    Most Common Airport: EWR
    Shortest Flight: 113 miles DTW-AZO
    Longest Flight: 997 miles EWR-TPA

    Up a segment from last year but down on mileage by 15%.

  27. This year was a record-breaker for me – supersonics can’t arrive fast enough!

    Miles: 224,485 (146,355 last year)
    Segments: 118 (92 last year)
    New Aircraft: –
    Most Common Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 (16 segments)
    Most Common Airline: United (39 segments)
    Most Common Airport: Denver (56 movements)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: DEN-SFO (8 segments)
    Shortest flight: EYW-MIA
    Longest flight: DXB-SFO

  28. Miles: 19,807 (27,602 last year)
    Segments: 14 (14 last year)
    New Aircraft: A330-200, ATR72-500
    New Airlines: TAP Portugal, Aer Lingus, Darwin Airline (for Alitalia)
    New Airports: Lisbon, Dublin, Pisa
    Airlines Flown: American (&Eagle by PSA), TAP Portugal, Aer Lingus, Alitalia, Darwin Airline (for Alitalia)
    Most Common Airport: Rome-Fiumicino (3 years in a row) & BOS
    Most Common Route: Multiple 2 time segments: PVD-CLT-MLB, BOS-LIS, BOS-DUB
    Longest Flight: TP217 Lisbon-Boston
    Shortest Flight: AZ1667 Rome-Fiumicino-Pisa

    1. Most interesting flight: The bulkhead on AA 463 fell from in front of the L2 exit on pushback from CLT, we wound up returning to the gate and taking a 1 hour delay to find a new aircraft.

  29. My biggest year yet. 43,619 miles, 41 segs. Mostly AS/VX/AA.

    New airports: ASE, JAC, MMH, MSY, AUS, HND, YYC.

  30. My adventure was that I went from San Diego’s Brown Field via charter C-210 to Cedros Island BC for a fishing trip with 3 others.

    Going MX Customs in TJ return in Ensenada. Caught lots of Yellow Tail too.

  31. Miles: 206,815 (160,512 last year)
    Segments: 250 (230 last year)
    New Aircraft: Airbus A340-600, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, Boeing 737-600, Airbus A350-900, Sukhoi Superjet 100/95, de Havilland Canada DHC-8-100
    New Airlines: Lufthansa, Jin Air, Southern Airways Express, Allegiant Air, WestJet, Air Japan, Piedmont Airlines, Asiana Airlines
    New Airports: YGJ, HKD, MGW, SIN, FRA, BMA, SBY
    Most Common Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-88 (51 flights)
    Most Common Airline: Delta Air Lines (151 segments)
    Most Common Airport: ATL (55 departures/55 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: ATL-DAY (63 segments)

  32. 58456 Miles 49 segments New aircraft – 787-900 New Airlines – 0 New airports – RDU, ANC Most common aircraft – 737-800 14 trips Most common airline – AA Most common Airport – DFW Most common segment – DFW-BNA

  33. Miles: 16,272
    Segments: 13
    New aircraft: B737-MAX, B787-9, E-175
    New airlines: Alaska (yes, really, I’d never flown them before)
    New airports: OMA, PDX
    Most common aircraft: tie – A321 and E-175 (3 segments each)
    Most common airline: American (4 segments)
    Most common airport: DFW (3 departures, 3 arrivals)
    Most common route: none; all 13 segments were unique
    Most interesting (almost) trip: I booked all 3 segments of the Southwest “Texas Triangle” on the inaugural run of the 737-MAX, but had to fly home from HOU after the brand-new plane broke down while waiting to depart for its second leg to SAT :(

  34. Miles: 49,090 (54,379 last year)
    Segments: 46
    New Aircraft: None
    New Airlines: British Airways
    New Airports: RDU, PWM, LIR, SJO
    Most Common Aircraft: 737
    Most Common Airline: United (41 segments)
    Most Common Airport: IAH
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: IAH-CVG

  35. 30 segments
    44846 miles

    New Airline – KLM
    New Airports – AMS, TXL, BRU, MDW
    No new aircraft types :(

  36. Miles: 52,182 (39,566 last year)
    Segments: 22 (16 last year)
    New Aircraft: Avro RJ100, 737-900ER (have previously flown on non-ER 737-900)
    New Airlines: British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Far Eastern Air Transport, Mandarin Airlines
    New Airports: Colorado Springs, Magong, Taipei-Songshan, Warsaw
    Most Common Aircraft: A320 (6 flights)
    Most Common Airline: Southwest Airlines (5 segments)
    Most Common Airport: San Diego (5 departures/5 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: San Diego – Baltimore (2 segments)

  37. Miles: 117,697 (117, 071 last year)
    Segments: 97 (103 last year)
    New Aircraft: A330,-300 B777-300, and Diamond DA20 (Non-commercial).
    New Airlines: Swiss, Air China (Never again), and Air Asia.
    New Airports: Flughafen Zurich, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Don Mueang Airport, Beijing Capitol Airport, Phuket International Airport.
    Most Common Aircraft: 737-800 and 900.
    Most Common Airline: United
    Most Common Airport: Chicago O’Hare (Probably +80x this year).
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: ORD-SFO
    Longest Flight: PRK-ORD
    Shortest Flight: ORD-FWA
    *Heaviest Travel Month: July – 27,475 miles

  38. Miles: ~84,000 (~100,000 last year)
    Segments: 58 (84 last year)
    New Aircraft: A380
    New Airline: QF
    New Airport: DXB
    Most Common Aircraft: E175.
    Most Common Airline: DL
    Most Common Airport: SJC
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: SJC-SEA
    Longest Flight: SLC-LHR
    Shortest Flight: SEA-PDX

  39. This year was helped by a round-the-world adventure, which gave me quite a few new airports and airlines…
    Miles: 58,382 (34,241 last year)
    Segments: 60 (16 last year)
    New Aircraft: Boeing 787-8/9
    New Airlines: Alaska, Fiji Airways, Tiger Air Australia, Qantas, Emirates, Air New Zealand, Thai, Indonesia/Thai AirAsia, VietJet Air, Jetstar Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Jet Airways, Air India, Gulf Air, Egypt Air, Royal Jordanian, Pegasus Airlines, Wizz Air, Sansa Airline
    Most Common Aircraft: A320 (12 segments)
    Most Common Airline: Delta (11 segments)
    Most Common Airport: RDU (16 O/D)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: BWI-RDU (6 segments)

  40. Miles: 18,359 (last year: 16,483)
    Segments: 11 (9)
    New Aircraft: none
    New Airlines: none
    New Airports: Chicago Midway (MDW), Oakland (OAK)
    Most Common Aircraft: 737-700 (7 segments) [all 737: 10]
    Most Common Airline: Southwest (10 segments)
    Most Common Airport: Los Angeles (3 departures, 4 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional route: Los Angeles–Kansas City (4 segments)

    I was scheduled to fly on a 737 Max 8 (from an airport and city I had never been to), but the entire trip was canceled.

  41. Hi Brett,
    For me a paltry 24 segments in 2017 reflecting my giving up the road warrior life but I’ve definitely replaced quantity by quality. Made 10 new airports (taking my lifetime total up to 143) plus 8 new airlines (including Air Baltic, Hainan, NoRRA,Ukranian, InterJet, Alaskan and – the real hipster of the bunch – a Belavia B735 from Minsk to St. Petersburg).
    The only new aircraft in 2017 was an AeroMexico E190 – taking a lifetime total of 59 variants.
    I did make it to my 62nd country this year after forking out a small fortune for Russian, Chinese and Belorussian visas (paying a premium for being a Brit living in the US). It was a good call!
    Wishing you and all your followers a Cranky New Year!

  42. My segments stat is a bit inflated due to the number of training flights I did to earn my private pilot certificate during the first half of the year, otherwise it was an average year commercially.

    Miles: 120,161 (134,919 last year)
    Segments: 282 (111 last year)

    New Aircraft (19): ATR42-600, Boeing 767-400, Beechcraft King Air 300, Cessna 152, Cessna 162, Cessna R182, Comac ARJ21, Sukhoi Superjet 100, Maule M-7, De Havilland DHC-3, De Havilland DHC-6-100, De Havilland DHC-8-200, De Havilland DHC-8-300, Consolidated B-24, Robinson R66, Fairchild PT-19, RLU-1 Breezy, Hawker 400XP, Sikorsky S-76
    New Airlines (20): Interjet, Aeromar, Blue Air, Cobalt Air, Olympic, AirAsia X, Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, CommutAir, Piedmont, Rectrix Aviation, Contour Aviation, Air North, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Harbour Air, Helijet, Cathay Pacific, Endeavor Air, Longjiang Airlines, Tibet Airlines

    New Airports (47): Tulsa (TUL), Mexico City (MEX), Tuxtla Gutierrez (TGZ), Oaxaca (OAX), Winter Springs (FD98), Altamonte Springs (3FD9), Orlando/Sanford (SFB), Tulsa (RVS), Tokyo-Haneda (HND), Iron Mountain (IMT), Sand Springs (OWP), St. Louis Downtown Heliport (MO7), Okmulgee (OKM), Stillwater (SWO), Houston-Hobby (HOU), Guthrie (GOK), Oklahoma City (PWA), Ponca City (PNC), Owasso (O38), Haskell (2K9), Larnaca (LCA), Tirana (TIA), Cottonwood (CTW), Valle (VLE), Majuro (MAJ), Kwajelein (KWA), Kosrae (KSA), Pohnpei (PNI), Truk (TKK), Melbourne (MEL), Ayers Rock (AYQ), Baltimore (BWI), Salisbury (SBY), San Juan (SJU), Nantucket (ACK), Hyannis (HYA), Hartford (BDL), Vancouver (YVR), Whitehorse (YXY), Victoria (YYJ), Victoria Harbour (YWH), Vancouver Harbour (CXH), Vancouver Harbour Heliport (CBC7), Nanaimo Heliport (CDH5), Nanaimo Harbour (ZNA), Zhuhai (ZUH), Hefei (HFE)

    Most Common Aircraft: Private – Cessna 152 (104 segments), Commercial – Boeing 737-800 (14 segments)
    Most Common Airline: United (16 segments)
    Most Common Airport: Private – Tulsa (RVS), Commercial – Boston (BOS)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: Private – Sand Springs (OWP)-Tulsa (RVS) (8 segments), Commercial – New York (JFK)-Boston(BOS) (4 segments)

  43. This year was quite good for me :-)

    Miles: 20,315 (12,457 last year)
    Segments: 18 (12 last year)
    New Aircraft: A320neo (LH)
    New Airlines: Croatia (OU), Asiana (OZ), Korean (KE)
    New Airports: Seoul Incheon (ICN), Seoul Gimpo (GMP), Jeju (CJU), Pusan (PUS), Osaka (KIX), Hong Kong (HKG), Karlsruhe (FKB), Dubrovnik (DBV), Zagreb (ZAG)
    Most Common Aircraft: A320 (7 segments)
    Most Common Airline: Lufthansa (LH) (8 segments)
    Most Common Airport: Frankfurt (FRA) (3 departures / 3 arrivals)

    Best flights: LH MUC-ICN & HKG-MUC both on A340-600, my most favourite plane.

  44. Miles: 73,906
    Segments: 139
    New Aircraft: A333, B789, SF34
    New Airlines: Air France, Avianca Brasil (O6), Silver Airways (3M)
    New Airports: AGS, BHM, CDG, DTW, MCI, MCZ
    Most Common Aircraft: MD88 (32 Segments)
    Most Common Airline: Delta (123 Segments)
    Most Common Airport: ATL (105 Arrivals/Departures)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: RDU-ATL (54 Arrivals/Departures)
    Longest Flight: GRU-JFK (4,767 miles)
    Shortest Flight: ATL-CSG (83 miles)

  45. Thanks for reminding us all to take a look back on the year! I track all my flights using this site, which I think is pretty handy… https://my.flightradar24.com/theshiba/2017

    Busiest year for me since 2015 when I had 66 Flights…

    Miles: 68,910
    Segments: 42 (36 last year)
    New Aircraft: A330-200; 737-200
    New Airlines: Air Berlin
    New Airports: Nashville (BNA); Düsseldorf (DUS)
    Most Common Aircraft: 737-800 (13 segments, with AA’s A321T a close 2nd with 11 segments)
    Most Common Airline: American
    Most Common Airport: LAX (18 dep/16arr)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: Los Angeles – New York (6 segments)

      1. Correction, it was a -700 on AeroMexico, not a -200. Regardless, it was a sadly old interior flying from Guadalajara to Tijuana!

  46. Miles: 212,349 (about average for me)
    Segments: 105
    New Aircraft: A380
    New Airlines: Buddha Air, Indigo A/L, Nepal A/L

    New Airports: Oslo (OSL), Munich (MUC), Copenhagen Kastrup (CPH), Bergen (BGO), Stavanger (SVG), Kathmandu (KTM), Pokhara (PKR), Bharatpur (BHR), Guwahati (GAU), San Diego (SAN), Tucson (TUS), Guadalajara (GDL)

    Most Common Aircraft: A320; b737-800, b777-200
    Most Common Airline: United
    Most Common Airport: DEN
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: BIL-DEN

    1. Anthony – That means that you would count something like LA to Phoenix and Phoenix to LA as the same. So if it’s the same route, it doesn’t matter which direction it’s going.

  47. 101,178 miles, 43 segments

    13 airports in N. America, 4 airports in Asia, 3 airports in Europe, 3 airports in S. America
    new airplane; 747-8 (LH)

  48. Here’s my scorecard: 188 segment Total miles unknown, but 117,000 revenue miles on Delta 5 new airports: Key West, State College, Tucson, Tulsa, Buffalo, NY Most common airline: Delta (168 revenue segments, 14 free (miles) segments No new airplanes.


  49. I’m a bit late to the party, but this is the first year I’ve kept good enough records so I’m excited to share:
    Miles: 66,589
    Segments: 70
    New Aircraft: A340
    New Airlines: WestJet, GLO (RIP)
    New Airports: São Paulo–Guarulhos, Mexico City, Shreveport, San Jose CA, Daytona Beach, Las Vegas
    Most Common Aircraft: A319 (13 segments)
    Most Common Airline: Delta (36 segments)
    Most Common Airport: New Orleans (23 departures/22 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: New Orleans – Atlanta (9 segments)

  50. Miles:
    18,639 (8,915 ly)

    30 (13 ly)

    New Aircraft:
    Beechcraft Super King Air 350
    Cessna 402C

    New Airlines:
    4B Boutique Air
    9K Cape Air
    EV ExpressJet (opf American Eagle)

    New Airports:
    BTR Batton Rouge, LA
    OWB Owensboro, KY
    VEL Vernal, UT

    Most Common Aircraft Type:
    Boeing 737-900 (ER and Std combined)

    Most Common Airline:
    AS Alaska Airlines x13

    Most Common Non-Directional Route:
    SEA – SLC x7

  51. Total Miles: 4,388 (5,959 LY)
    Segments: 4
    Countries: 1
    New Airports: FLL
    New Aircraft: None
    New Airlines: None
    Most Common Aircraft: A320 and A321 both 2 each
    Most Common Airline: Frontier and JetBlue 2 each
    Most Common Airport: ORD 2, MCO and FLL 1

  52. I just checked my mapper, and I’ve had a fairly busy flying year, well at least for me. I’m a stay at home mom with a part-time job in the travel industry as I represent a company in South Africa, but even I beat you with only 10 flights and a total of 41,997 mi! :-) http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=sea-cng-sea-lhr-cpt-lhr-sea-lhr-dub-lhr-sea It should be noted that the last 8 flights were done in 33 days! 33 days, 31750 miles flown, 6 long-haul flights, two short-haul flights, 4 times through LHR (that alone deserves a medal!!) 36 hours of accumulative time difference, 3 continents, 4 countries, B777, B747, A321. 10 different beds!

  53. Just finished my 2017 flying yesterday:

    Miles: 89,337
    Segments: 44
    New Aircraft: A380
    New Airlines: None
    New Airports: Guam
    Most Common Aircraft: 737-900 (12 segments)
    Most Common Airline: United (36 segments)
    Most Common Airport: Portland (10 departures/12 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: Portland-San Francisco (16 segments)

  54. After getting shut out in 2016, this year at least had one big trip.

    Miles: 25,301
    Segments: 14
    New Aircraft: 747-8i (CA), 787-9 (VN), 737-800 (CA)
    New Airlines: Air China, China Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, JetStar Asia, Asiana
    New Airports: PEK, TPE, KUL, SIN, NRT, HND, GMP, SGN
    Most Common: AA A321 to/from PHX
    No route more than 1x

  55. Miles: 127,151 (86,481 last year)
    Flights: 110 (83)
    Longest flight: LAX-MEL, 7936 mi, 15:04
    Shortest flight: AUS-IAH, 140 mi, 0:32
    Top Airport: EWR, 33 flights
    Top Route: LGA-CLT, 7x
    Top Airline: United, 60 flights, 59081 mi
    Top aircraft: Boeing 737-800, 16 flights, 20214 mi
    New aircraft types: Boeing 717-200, Boeing 787-9, Hawker 400XP
    New airlines: Air Astana, Air Berlin, Copa, Ethiopian, Mango, Spirit, Swiss, Travel Management Company, Virgin Australia

  56. I did less miles than you, Brett, but then I’m retired. 30,762 miles, 17 airlines, four flights each on my most-flown airlines (Virgin Australia and Finnair). Longest flight: Singapore to Helsinki on an Airbus 350, shortest Taupo (NZ) to Auckland on a Bombardier Q300..

  57. Hi Brett: like you, I also got the joy of experiencing Alaska’s “Milk Run” in 2017. Not as busy of a year flying for me as 2016 but enjoyed having a bit more time with my feet on the ground. We’ll see what 2018 brings…

    Miles: 43,125 (64,922 last year)
    Segments: 36 (73 last year)
    New Aircraft: E-175, 787-800
    New Airlines: WestJet, Hainan, Jetstar, JAL
    New Airports: SJD, KTN, WRG, PSG, JNU, YUL, DMK, REP, PQC, NRT
    Most Common Aircraft: Q400 (7 flights)
    Most Common Airline: Alaska (20 segments)
    Most Common Airport: Seattle (10 departures/11 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: Seattle-Calgary (7 segments)

  58. Miles: 20,950 (6,899 last year)
    Segments: 16 (12 last year)
    New Aircraft: None
    New Airlines: Southwest
    New Airports: Cabo san Lucas, St. Louis, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Tel Aviv
    Most Common Aircraft: CRJ9 (3 segments)
    Most Common Airline: American (8 segments)
    Most Common Airport: Des Moines (4 departures/4 arrivals)
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: Des Moines – Phoenix; Phoenix – Las Vegas; Des Moines – Minneapolis; Des Moines – St. Louis; New York-JFK – Tel Aviv (2 segments each)

  59. Miles: 156,405
    Segments: 139
    New Aircraft: 2 (787-9, CRJ-705)
    New Airlines: 2 (Air Canada Express, WestJet)
    New Airports: 14 (EGE, MDT, CUN, SJO, PTY, HMO, MGA, KIN, MBJ, CHS, MAN, MFE, BZN, SAV)
    Most Common Aircraft: A321 (44 segments)
    Most Common Airline: American (105 segments)
    Most Common Airport: PHX
    Most Common Non-Directional Route: PHX-DFW (15 segments)

  60. Miles: 13,509 (1,867 more than 2016, and new year record)
    Segments: 21
    New Airports: ACY, RAP, MSP, ABQ
    New Airlines: Spirit, Delta
    Longest Flight: SLC>BOS
    Shortest Flight: BOS>ACY
    Most Common Airline: Southwest and JetBlue tie (6)

    Thus concludes my annual comment! Thanks Cranky!

  61. I achieved Alaska MVP Gold last year, mostly with SEA-DEN flights, but also ORD, JFK, DCA,DFW, SFO, RDU, LAX, and PDX for a total of 32 segments, 41269 miles on Alaska, mostly 739s but a few 738s. We did fly on Jet Blue and United last year a few times, so I’m certain that I cracked 50,000 air miles, which isn’t that many but it’s likely the most I’ve done since 2009/2010 when I was back and forth SEA-TPE numerous times for work.

    No international flying for me last year, but my son is desperate to fly on a 747 so maybe we’ll get to the UK and then do some European run that will get us on that plane.

    1. Thanks for the great-circle mapping site that I always forget, And my numbers were wrong!
      New airports: PDX (it’s such a short drive!)
      New airlines: JetBlue
      New aircraft: E175, Q400
      Longest flight: SEA-JFK
      Shortest flight: SEA-PDX
      Segments: 56
      Miles: 66,231
      Most common airline: Alaska (50 segments, 53 if we count Virgin America)
      Most common airport: SEA (27 departures, 26 arrivals)
      Runner-up airport: DEN (17 departures, 16 arrivals)
      Most common airplane: 737-900

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