Thursday, October 2, 2008

I'm simply eccentric, not crazy....

I flew Shamu. Again. To be more specific, yesterday I flew one of the two Shamu’s in Southwest Airlines’ fleet, and yes, I have ridden on both, multiple times.

On September 30th, 2008 I flew on Southwest tail number N713SW from Kansas City (MCI) to Chicago (MDW) to Philadelphia (PHL). I have also been a passenger on that plane on March 1st, 1999 from Chicago to Las Vegas, and on November 5th, 2007 from Indianapolis to Kansas City. So I first rode this plane 9 years ago? When Bill Clinton was President? Wow.

The other Shamu is Tail number N715SW, and I’ve flown on it 3 times; December 10th, 1998 from Los Angeles to Kansas City, March 29th, 2002 from Kansas City to San Jose, and on June 12th, 2007 from Kansas City to Chicago.

And yes, I do have a point in here somewhere.

The point is that life as a business traveler ain’t very glamorous, so sometimes flying on a plane painted as a Killer Whale is the best thing that happens on the road.

In 1998, I read somewhere that there are people who have the hobby of “Plane Spotting”. Like bird-watching or roller coaster riding, they want to see or “spot” every plane owned by an airline. Some camp out near maintenance bases, some scour the timetables, some need to get a life.

I thought it would be interesting to record the plane tail number of each Southwest Airline plane I flew on. I had no idea that this quirk in the ole logic circuit would give me something to look forward to on my job of traveling around the country.

So far, I’ve ridden on 285 separate airplanes operated by Southwest Airlines since July 10th, 1998. This does not count all the plane rides I took from 1990 to 1998 for my job.

Of the 285 planes, I have ridden on 102 of them more than one time. Each Shamu’s I’ve ridden three times each. Some, like N744sw, I’ve ridden on 5 times from March of 1999 to January 2006. Lots of 4’s and 3 peats. For example, here is N683WN, I've ridden her twice: August 12th, 2000 to Las Vegas, and on January 25th, 2008 home from Indianapolis. They have 520 planes, so I’m halfway there.

As of today, (writing this on SW403 PHL-MCI 29,000 feet over south central Iowa) I’ve ridden 416 different legs on Southwest Airlines. I define a “leg” as a trip on a single airplane, whether it is from one city to next, or like today when the plane departs from Philadelphia, lands in Chicago, picks up passengers and departs again for Kansas City.

To put that in perspective: let’s assume each “leg” is an hour and a half. So doing some quick math: approx 400 legs x 90 minutes per leg, minutes is 36,000 minutes, or 600 hours in the air. 600 hours divided by 24 hours in a day is 25 days in the air.

Or, let’s assume that the average speed is 500mph, taking into account takeoff’s and landings, headwinds, etc. 500mph x 600hours= 300,000 Miles. The circumference of the earth is approximately 25,000 miles, so I’ve been around the world 12 times. Or to the Moon, and part of the way back....

Finally, Southwest is known for cheap fares. If I assume that every round trip is $400, or $100 each leg. (Example: Kansas City to Philadelphia connects thru Chicago), I’ve paid $400,000 to Southwest over the years. Or last 10 years, $40,000 per year, $3,333 per month, or about $109 per day. As brother Steel-Cut says, “That’s a lot of burritos.”

And that’s only on Southwest….it doesn’t count my flights on Continental, Delta, Northwest (Northworst), Midwest Express, United, American, ComAir, AirTran, JetBlue, Frontier, USAir, AmericaWest, Delta Connection, or TWA, Eastern, ValuJet, ExpressJet, Braniff, Ozark, Midway.

In all the legs I’ve flown on Southwest, I’ve never had a bad experience with any of their employees. That is why I keep coming back.

I’m not “Rainman”, I just needed a hobby to stave off the crushing suckiness of having to hop on another plane. I’m very lucky that I love the outcome of the travel, and now have a little “something-something” to keep my mind occupied as I walk down the jetway for yet another trip.


Scott near SMF said...

That's quite a log. It's great that Southwest makes it easy to obtain the registration numbers of their planes. However, I thought there is three Shamus, the two that you earlier mentioned and also N334SW. Also Southwest to go to MSP five to six months from now.

brady said...

Over the past 18 months, when not commuting by foot or bicycle, I've ridden 83 different Omaha Metro Area Transit's (MAT) buses for a total of 207 rides. At a buck and a quarter per, that's $258.75 - not quite as many burritos as you.

murphini said...

two thoughts:

Scott near SMF: Very cool, but that must make you more of the latter of my title than the former, since you know there are 3 Shamu's and since you somehow found this blog out of the millions on the internet. Either I'm a really good writer or you have some very specific interests and are good at googling.

Brady--what a weirdo you are. Who would be crazy enough to count the number of things they've ridden on? Sheesh.

murphini said...

Scott near SMF is correct, there are 3 shamu's: I've flown on N334SW three times:
-Nov 30 1998 MCI-MCO (MCI is Kansas City and MCO is Orlando for you civilians)
-Feb 4th 2004 TAM-LAX
-July 21 2008 MCI-MDW

Well done, sir.

JB said...

effing OCD!

I would suggest getting a hobby, but 5hit, you have too many of those as it is.

prossx said...

Agree w/ my man JB. I know SW drink tickets buy Heineken, and its pretty easy to slam 3 of em on the one hour flight to Chicago - order all at once. What the hell else do you need to know?

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