In a similar essence to Brad’s 2013 “year-in-review” post, I also felt obliged to write a short summary in reflection of another 12 months of travel, concluding today.
First, I’d like to thank everyone for the tremendous support for allowing me to join upgrd.com as a featured writer this past spring, with special shout-outs to Mike for his thankless effort in maintaining the blog, and Rocky for sponsoring my movement to Upgrd from my former, individual site on WordPress.com. Having my content featured here has been an honor and a blessing, and us writers could not do it without the patronage of you readers. My readership levels have increased significantly since joining upgrd, which is what inspires me to continue to write, research and share my passion for airlines and commercial aviation.
Also, I could not forget thanking Matt, either. Had it not been for him and his United boot story, which made its way onto an airliners.net thread, I would have never even discovered Upgrd as an airline and travel blog site.
Now, enough of the sappy stuff. Here are some captures of my 2013 travels after completing my Flight Memory logbook for the year:
By the numbers:
- Three new airports: Vail/Eagle, CO, Portland, OR, Istanbul Ataturk
- Four new airlines: Virgin America, Turkish Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country
- First transcon: Vancouver to Washington Dulles
- One new aircraft: Airbus A330-200 (Turkish Airlines)
- One aborted landing: at MSP, due to a snowstorm in January
- One missed flight: Spirit, from ORD to MSP (my first time ever, mea-culpa)
Most popular blog posts of 2013:
- Jeff Smisek needs to step down as United Chairman and CEO
- Pakistan Airlines is dropping Chicago flights: an open letter to PIA
- New airline liveries: the good, the bad and the ugly
- Eying Asia-Pac growth, Delta invests in product and service upgrades
- BREAKING NEWS: American Airlines announces DFW-Hong Kong, Shanghai
- United MileagePlus trumps Delta SkyMiles, once again
Thank you all, and Happy 2014!