To begin, I only recently joined the IF forums 6 months ago, and I’ve had an amazing experience here and learned a ton from everyone!
This was undeniably the most intense year of aviation for me, from flying to reading aviation news.
Others are doing it, so here’s mine.
Part 1: Personal Flying:
2019: 46 Flights, 88,000+ Miles Flown:
|American Eagle||Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Lexington (LEX)||Embraer E-175||March|
|American Eagle||Lexington to Philadelphia (PHL)||Embraer E-145||March|
|American Airlines||Philadelphia to St. Maarten (SXM)||Boeing 737-800||March|
|American Airlines||St. Maarten to Philadelphia||Boeing 737-800||March|
|American Eagle||Philadelphia to Cincinnati (CVG)||Canadair CRJ-900||March|
|American Eagle||Lexington to Dallas/Fort Worth||Embraer E-175||March|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth to Orange County (SNA)||Boeing 737-800||April|
|American Eagle||Los Angeles (LAX) to Omaha (OMA)||Embraer E-175||April|
|American Airlines||Omaha to Dallas/Fort Worth||MD-80||April|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth to Portland (PDX)||Airbus A321||May|
|American Airlines||Portland to Dallas/Fort Worth||Airbus A321||May|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth to Los Angeles||Airbus A321||June|
|American Airlines||Los Angeles to Tokyo (HND)||Boeing 787-9||June|
|EVA Air||Tokyo Haneda to Taipei Songshan (TSA)||Airbus A330-300||June|
|Cathay Pacific||Taipei Songshan to Hong Kong (HKG)||Boeing 777-300||June||First time on regular -300|
|American Airlines||Hong Kong to Dallas/Fort Worth||Boeing 777-300ER||June||17 Hour Delay|
|American Eagle||Dallas/Fort Worth to Aspen (ASE)||Canadair CRJ-700||June|
|American Eagle||Aspen to Phoenix (ASE)||Canadair CRJ-700||June|
|American Airlines||Phoenix to Anchorage (ANC)||Airbus A321neo||June||First time on a neo|
|American Airlines||Anchorage to Phoenix||Airbus A321neo||June|
|American Eagle||Phoenix to Aspen||Canadair CRJ-700||June|
|American Eagle||Aspen to Dallas/Fort Worth||Canadair CRJ-700||June|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth to Las Vegas (LAS)||Boeing 757-200||July|
|Delta Air Lines||Las Vegas to Salt Lake City (SLC)||Airbus A321||July||First time on Delta!|
|American Airlines||Salt Lake City to Dallas/Fort Worth||Boeing 737-800||July|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth to Los Angeles||Boeing 737-800||July|
|American Airlines||Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda||Boeing 777-300ER||July|
|All Nippon Airways||Tokyo Haneda to Hong Kong||Boeing 767-300||July|
|Cathay Dragon||Hong Kong to Xiamen (XMN)||Airbus A330-300||August|
|Xiamen Airlines||Xiamen to Beijing (PEK)||Boeing 787-9||August||Originally supposed to be on a 787-8|
|All Nippon Airways||Beijing to Tokyo Haneda||Boeing 787-8||August|
|Japan Airlines||Tokyo Haneda to San Francisco||Boeing 777-300ER||August|
|American Airlines||San Francisco to Dallas/Fort Worth||Airbus A321||August|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth to Orange County||Boeing 737-800||September|
|American Airlines||Orange County to Dallas/Fort Worth||Boeing 737-800||September|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth to Amarillo (AMA)||MD-80||September||Final MD-80 Flight September 3|
|American Airlines||Amarillo to Dallas/Fort Worth||MD-80||September||Final MD-80 Flight September 4|
|Delta Air Lines||Dallas/Fort Worth to New York (JFK)||Airbus A220-100||November||First time on an A220!|
|American Airlines||New York JFK to Los Angeles||Airbus A321||November|
|American Airlines||Los Angeles to Dallas/Fort Worth||Airbus A321||November|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth to Chicago (ORD)||Boeing 737-800||December|
|American Airlines||Chicago to Dallas/Fort Worth||Boeing 737-800||December|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong||Boeing 777-300ER||December|
|Cathay Pacific||Hong Kong to Melbourne (MEL)||Airbus A350-1000XWB||December||First time on an A350!|
|Qantas||Melbourne to Sydney (SYD)||Boeing 737-800||December||First time on Qantas|
|American Airlines||Sydney to Los Angeles||Boeing 787-9||December|
|American Airlines||Los Angeles to Dallas/Fort Worth||Airbus A321||December||Reverse ops takeoff|
|Lexington (LEX)||Delta Air Lines||Boeing 777-300|
|St. Maarten (SXM)||Qantas||Airbus A321neo|
|Cincinnati (CVG)||Airbus A220-100|
|Omaha (OMA)||Airbus A350-1000XWB|
|Salt Lake City (SLC)|
Sure, flying’s fun, but this may have honestly been too much.
Most Surprising Airline: Qantas
I got the chance to fly Qantas for the first time when visiting Australia for the first time about a week ago. It was a rather regular domestic service between Melbourne and Sydney. For this flight, I was going in completely blind without any prior knowledge of what to expect. To my surprise, the aircraft featured personal entertainment screens and complimentary Wi-Fi for every passenger. For in-flight service, every passenger was given a complimentary antipasti snack, which was delicious as well!
Favorite Aircraft: Airbus A220
Hands down, gotta be the Airbus A220-100. Sincerely comfortable arranged in a 2-3 configuration, beautiful wing view, great tech with personal entertainment screens (Delta).
Best Flight: DFW-AMA-DFW in American’s Final MD-80 Flight:
A bittersweet flight to see these aircraft go.
Worst Flight: SYD-LAX AA 787-9 Economy Class:
Not a great flight… really tight legroom, not the best entertainment options, food wasn’t great. Windows were locked throughout the flight and unfortunately couldn’t see much on landing.
Favorite Airport: Tokyo Haneda:
Super clean, bunch of shops, and even has an observation deck which allows you to see practically the entire airport. What else could you ask for?
Least Favorite Airport: Sydney (International Terminal)
Not sure if it was just my experience, but at the gate for my LAX-SYD flight, the boarding area was fenced and people checked your passport meaning you couldn’t leave the gate area without your passport? What was up with that… Our flight seemed to be the only one doing it.
Delta A220 @DFW
American 777-300ER Approaching Hong Kong:
Cathay Pacific A350-1000XWB Sunrise Over Australia
American 737-800 Sunset Arrival Into Chicago
Part 2: IFC/RW Experience/Analysis:
Since joining 6 months ago, I’ve had an amazing time here on the IFC, especially in this Real World Aviation section!
Since July 2019, I’ve covered approximately 90 Aviation News topics here, and it’s been fun to cover every one of them!
Some of the most viewed/popular:
- SAS Scandinavian Airlines Unveils New Livery
- Qantas To Operate Three Project Sunrise Research Flights - Direct London & New York To Sydney On A 787-9
- Qantas Unveils The Centenary Livery On Its 10th Boeing 787-9
- Avatar Airlines Wants To Fly Within The United States Using 747s
- WOW Air To Relaunch As PLAY: Ticket Sales Delayed
- Official: United Airlines Orders 50 A321XLRs - A350s Deferred To 2027
- British Airways’ 747 Is Coming To San Jose! (SJC)
- Qantas Selects The A350-1000XWB For Project Sunrise & Adds Frankfurt To The List
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone here for reading these topics. In a way, some topics have acted as a script for aviation news/developments videos on my YouTube channel, which just launched in April of 2019 racking up over 660 subscribers and 180,000 views. To those of you here who are subscribed, thank you. If you aren’t already, feel free to subscribe below :)
Here’s to a great 2020 filled with fun in the sky!