The long and winding road

I’m often asked how many miles I travel in a year. When you’re on the road as much as I am, you keep track. So here are the final statistics of my travels in 2011.

277,710 miles

122 flights

31 airlines

26 countries

After logging all those miles, I’ll be taking the next couple of weeks off to spend some time with my family. But I wanted to take this chance to thank all of you (2 million unique readers across the globe this year alone) for making this blog so successful. Our readership more than doubled in 2011 thanks to what I hope were interesting, entertaining and thought-provoking posts about the wonderful people and products of Boeing.


A group photo during the first leg of the 787 Dream Tour in China.

My last business trip of the year was definitely my favorite. Being able to kick off the Dream Tour in China and fly on the 787 for the first time is something I’ll always remember. I wanted to send a special thanks to every member of the Flight Test team for making me feel so welcome.

I’ll leave you with a quick video of one of my favorite things besides airplanes…food! This time, it’s homemade noodles we had in China made in less than 15 seconds! Enjoy the holidays and have a wonderful New Year. We’ll see you back here in 2012.

Comments (16)

Jair Sweatman (Atlanta, Georgia):

So how often does Randy have to get a new passport? Surely he can't have any pages left.

oh, and now I'm hungry and wanting Chinese food... Thanks Randy. Thanks a lot...

By the way, if you are going to stop in Atlanta, maybe to show the 787 off at our new International Terminal F or to land or take-off on our newly extended runway, or just for some Southern Hospitality, give us a little advance notice so I can bring my camera!


Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Thanks for your travels, may there be many more like these in the new year!

Do you use FlightMemory?

Jon Evans (Coral Springs, FL 33065):


Wishing you and your family all the best for the holidays!!!

Also, all the best to all the Boeing employees during the holidays and a very Happy New Year!!!

Thank-you for this blog, it makes following aviation and Boeing fun and exciting, and also very informative!!


Bob A. (Boston, MA):


Enjoy the well deserved time off! Boeing has accomplished a lot this year. Challenges remain, but my guess is 2011 will be seen as an inflection point for Boeing leading to a very healthy and strong decade. It's all about execution from here!

As one of your 2 million regular readers, thanks for giving us a window into this fascinating industry.


Phil W (Socal, USA):

over 1/4 mil miles! How much does that figure in time away from home? Hope Boeing is making that worth your while

Sander Ruscigno (Florianopolis, Brasil):


how did you managed to record all miles that you flown?

Aaron (St. Louis):

Thank you Randy for a great year of stories and posts. Boeing should be commended for opening up its doors for all to look in. Best wishes in the new year.

Daniel K (Sydney, Australia):

Hi Randy,

Always enjoy your blogs and definitely the stand out part of the Boeing website over the main competitor!

Can't wait to check your blog in the new year!

Thiagarajan K Rengasamy (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Dear Randy

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012

Henry Tan/Singapore:

Thanks Randy, for that good set of stats. However, I would like to point out that you missed the most interesting one to us aircraft many different airliners (main & sub models) did you fly on?
You mentioned only the one; Dreamliner...uh, how I dream I could get in on one soon. Is she coming to the Singapore Air Show in February?
Anyway, Merry X'mas & a Happy New Year to you and your 2 million (and counting) unique readers.

Henry Tan/Singapore:

So how often does Randy have to get a new passport? Surely he can't have any pages left........>>>

Not that often, Jair.
Kindly allow me to postulate. Each page of a passport can take in the endorsements of at least 3 visits to a foreign country.
26 countries means only about 9 pages. Ok, granted that he get to some countries more than once a year, so lets multiply the pages by a factor of 1.5 to make it 13 or so.
I don't know about his passport but mine have 60 usable pages for a 5-year validity period. Lets be overly liberal and assume it is only a low 40 pages for his.
So, my generous figures give him at least 3 years before he start to run out of pages. :-)

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Quite a feat in miles flown to as many countries as you have been to on as many airlines you have flown. Its been quite a year and I have enjoyed all the posts that you have made.

Its have been a great year in Boeing sales especially with the number of 777-300ER orders, 767 300 cargo orders, the launch and 800 plus commitments to the 737 MAX and the placement to service of the 747-8 freighter and the 787.

Merry Christmas and have a great 2012!

Thomas Horstmann Jr. (Portland, Oregon):

Thanks Randy, for keeping those of us outside of the inner circle of Boeing, involved. Your reports are educational as well as entertaining. Please keep it up.

Maurice Walker (Riverside, CA):

Congratulations on your milestone now enjoy your time off. I was a Boom Operator on the KC-135 A, E, Q, R, and T models from 1985-2007. After accumulating 5000+ hours, I'm a huge fan of the Boeing Corporation. My wife works for UAL at KONT and we are watching the progress of UAL's first 787. She is in the running for the inaugural flight to KORD. We plan to visit the Boeing facility soon. Keep up the good writings.

RUNWAY25RIGHT (Chicago, IL):

I hope you realize how lucky you are...

OK. I'm over the hard feelings and jealousy. Happy New Year and I look forward to more great posts.

Seriously, I hope you realize how lucky you are...

ty (Tempe, AZ):

I'm just curious if 100% of Randy's 277K miles were on Boeing aircraft, or if he would get on an Airbus plane? :-)
Happy New Year!!

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