Wednesday, November 30, 2005

1 Million Miles

  • News Article #1

  • News Article#2

  • Ok.. so I actually got to a Million a few days ago.

    Work commitments and work travel (another 11,000 miles) have kept me from updating the blog.

    So some totals -
    Mileage earned: 1,003,625
    Current Flight Segments in Aeroplan account: 276
    Days I have been in an airplane: 56 out of the last 61.
    Favorite Air Canada aircraft: B767-300
    Times I have seen March of the Penguins: 0
    I never actually got thru it without falling asleep.

    and finally..weight change: +8lbs.

    I attribute it to the lack of on board fruit plates in November led to increased consumption of cookies in the Maple Leaf Lounges..and what's a cookie without a glass of Baileys????

    What's next? Well I have travelled 3/4 a way around the world in the last 3.5 days and completed my bi annual simulator session in Frankfurt (Calgary Frankfurt on Air Canada :) )

    I am now in Hong Kong. Within 4 hrs of moving into my apartment I had a house guest. Fellow mileage runner Sean, in the middle of 6 back to back transpacific segments, rang me up and took advantage of my fresh digs to shower and sleep the 8 short hrs between his flights to from Chicago - to Chicago. Then back to Bangkok!


    What's next?

    Well I can recommend the following blog or a very good friend who is the IT Manager on the MV Constellation Celebrity Cruise ship:

  • Carrie's Cruise Ship Blog

  • Those who have not checked out Flyertalk really need to


  • The information is as current as you will find anywhere, the people friendly, and the chance you will score some $20 Business Class tickets to Shanghai very high :)

    I myself need to get to bed in a prone position for some serious rest,

    Thank you to everyone at Air Canada, Aeroplan, and Flyertalk. This past two months has been a fantastic experience, and I met some truly exceptional people.

    Thank you all, and good night.



    Blogger Ryan Waddell said...

    Let me be the first to say... congratulations! It's astounding that you made it! What are you gonna do with all those Aeroplan miles now?

    5:55 AM, November 30, 2005  
    Blogger peabody said...

    I just spent 2.5 days on airplanes with a 7 hr break in Singapore, then came back. I feel like I am still on a plane... need to get my land legs back. You must feel this times 1000!! 56 days on a plane... yow!

    Congrats Marc. It's awesome that you made it; good luck repairing your home life now! :)

    1:07 PM, November 30, 2005  
    Blogger lord phobal said...

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    4:18 PM, November 30, 2005  
    Blogger Kevin said...

    Congradulations on meeting your goal!

    4:58 PM, November 30, 2005  
    Blogger chentaiman said...

    Hey Marc, congratulations are in order.

    I have been following your blog for 6 weeks now. It has almost become a habit.

    Since you are here in HK, may be we should get together for a drink of Baileys.


    6:33 PM, November 30, 2005  
    Blogger Marc said...

    Sure! I am off to Dubai today, but email me and we can meet up.


    7:01 PM, November 30, 2005  
    Blogger overseastar said...

    You are in HK !?!?!?!
    You should definitely be there for the Christmas light down in Central near the harbours, it's the best lights and christmas-feel you can ever get!!! I miss christmas in HK :(v

    9:02 PM, November 30, 2005  
    Blogger overseastar said...

    oh ya...and congratz on making to your goal !!!

    9:03 PM, November 30, 2005  
    Blogger Hypnerotomachia said...

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    4:20 AM, December 01, 2005  
    Blogger Vivian said...

    Very interesting. Enjoyed all the pictures.

    9:39 AM, December 01, 2005  
    Blogger Paul_Martin said...

    Marc, I want to personally congratulate you on your accomplishment. You have shown that all Canadians can acheieve their dreams through hard work and determination.

    And don't forget to vote for your local Liberal candidate on January 23.



    10:36 AM, December 01, 2005  
    Blogger joated said...

    Saw your story highlighted on Yahoo News and thought I would pop over to read about your quest.
    Never flew in anything bigger than a Beaver until last year when I needed to get from NY to Seattle in a hurry. Agony to be a coach passenger after sitting next to the pilot on half a dozen fishing trips in Quebec.
    I can drive the distance (don't know that I would make a million miles in 61 days) but being a passenger--nope, not me.

    11:29 AM, December 01, 2005  
    Blogger Cathy said...

    Whoa! Don't know how you did it! We have to make a trip to Ukraine for an adoption and I am NOT looking forward to the long haul over and back. That is awesome, congrats! Too bad you can't donate those miles...(-: Have a blast on your vactions with your family! Does it ever bother you to be in the "passenger" seat instead of the "driver?"

    1:15 PM, December 01, 2005  
    Blogger Jason C Johnson said...

    Let me be the 14th person to congratulate you on this momentus achievement.

    I thought you would have given up on Air Canada after the first flight.

    Will this motivate you to operate passenger aircraft?

    5:29 PM, December 01, 2005  
    Blogger Moonkwean said...

    Atta Boy!!! I was so excited to read about your accomplishment. Hope ya git to use all thouse airmiles and AC stays aloft... Cheers

    6:56 PM, December 01, 2005  
    Blogger kyotogirl said...

    Hi Marc,
    I hear the news by chance!

    I would love to see your site step by step!
    I have studied in Canada,Vancouver for 2 years then I went to Rocky Mountens for three times........
    These memories can not forget easily!

    11:07 PM, December 01, 2005  
    Blogger Patrick said...

    Very well done - hope you enjoy your "free" flights. I've only just found your blog but will be back.

    5:55 AM, December 02, 2005  
    Blogger Steven Luscher said...

    In working toward your goal of clocking 1 Million Miles of air travel within 60 days, you have been directly responsible for the burning of a disproportionately large amount of fossil fuel for one person, and the release of a huge volume of CO2 gas – a climate-forcing gas derived from the burning of a non-renewable fuel, the overconsumption of which is pushing the world closer and closer toward a global energy crisis.

    Based on a calculation provided by I have estimated that your 1,003,625 miles of air travel have caused the release of:
    290.8 Metric Tons of atmospheric carbon

    Atmosfair is an agency which offers individuals the chance to offset their carbon emissions from air travel by investing in carbon sequestration projects around the world. Based on their calculations, your impact from flying the 1 Million Miles is roughly equivalent to driving a middle class model car for 145 years, an average of 12,000 km per year.

    In 1998, the EPA estimated that the average Canadian citizen was responsible for 17 Tons of CO2 gas released yearly. In only 60 days, you managed to clock 17 times that many tons of carbon.

    Now as you do, I live in Vancouver, and I know that residents of the rainy coast are some of the most environmentally conscious people in Canada. I find it hard to believe that a Vancouverite like yourself would find himself responsible for such a huge sum of carbon emissions and not feel responsible to invest in a carbon sequestration program or two to help offset his direct emissions. The David Suzuki Foundation website has a long list of links to carbon offseting programs; I suggest you start there. If you would like to meet in Vancouver to talk about some of your options I would be happy to hear about your travels and to suggest ways that you can become Carbon Neutral.

    12:58 AM, December 03, 2005  
    Blogger Marc said...

    Thanks Steve.

    Interesting Stats. I am sure it would annoy you to know that the B747 I fly is so old that we practically shovel coal into the engines. You should see the smoke trails!!
    I am sure I send a lot more crap into the atmosphere in one trip on that thing than for my mileage run ( far as I know the plane would have left and polluted the earth whether I was on it or not).

    As for reparation, I can promise not to eat beans to limit future flatulence..I don't really like beans anyway

    2:51 AM, December 03, 2005  
    Blogger Steven Luscher said...

    My holiday flying will (according to Atmosfair) contribute 1780 kg of CO2 to the atmosphere, and I plan on compensating for those emissions by investing in renewable energy programs in Ontario that offset the release of atmospheric carbon there.

    re: your above comment... If you hadn't been on that plane that day, all that would change is that the burden of responsibility would have been a little bit larger for every passenger that did. You're pretty bold to suggest that there is no relationship between the demand for something and its supply. Alfred Marshall would like to have a word with you.

    2:21 PM, December 04, 2005  
    Blogger Kevin said...

    As for reparation, I can promise not to eat beans to limit future flatulence..I don't really like beans anyway

    What an incredibly sarcastic, naive and uncalled for response. I felt that Steve had very politely raised another perspective on this venture, one that is very much needed in this day and age, and your response exemplifies the ignorance, or perhaps it's just apathy, of those in the global north.

    Currently in Montreal the UN is holding a ten day climate change meeting. Thousands of people are in the street trying to get the message out that the Kyoto accord needs to be respected and that our governments should be held accountable for what we are doing to our planet. The irony of being in the streets today and seeing this blog this evening is not lost on me. What can our governments do when its citizens believe that reducing "flatulence" is a suitable approach to sustainable development. And yes, I'm being sarcastic.

    I understand the necessity and desire to travel. I even applaud you on your accomplishment, but to simply dismiss the context within which it has taken place, in such a derrogatory way, is like a slap in the face to millions of people: among them, the recent hurricane victims in New Orleans, and even more profoundly, to our future generations.

    What Steve proposed was not radical. It was practical. If we want to continue to believe that it is our right as "Canadian" citizens to consume more natural resources and create more waste per capita than over 90% of the peoples of the world, that's fine. But at least we could recognise that we are doing so, and perhaps give back a tiny little bit of our exorbitant wealth to the development of a more sustainable world, rather than trampsing across it, acting like arrogant kings visiting upon their subjects, not giving a damn about who and how many they kill along the way...

    3:13 PM, December 04, 2005  
    Blogger Marc said...

    I suppose it's all seems terribly important if you believe in the global warming nonsense.

    It's rhetoric to me.

    5:48 PM, December 04, 2005  
    Blogger peabody said...

    Wonder if Steve would like to calculate what percentage of CO2 emissions produced worldwide in Oct and Nov was produced by Marc's planes... then credit him with 1 over the average number of passengers in his plane.

    I'm betting it would a decimal point with a LOT of zeroes after it.

    Mileage runners are not the best way for your concerns to have impact, Steve. There are so few compared to the number of Hummer-drivers (for example). I think energy is better expended where it stands to have real impact.

    10:18 PM, December 04, 2005  
    Blogger Steven Luscher said...

    Peabody wrote:
    I think energy is better expended where it stands to have real impact.

    I couldn't have said it better! Energy (the chemical energy stored in fossil fuel) should be expended (converted into some kind of other energy – kinetic, light, sound, etc...) where it stands to have real impact. Do you think that joyriding around the world for the chance to earn a cool $63,000 (or whatever) in flight vouchers as 'profit' qualifies as real impact?

    Congratulations peabody! Well said.

    12:03 PM, December 05, 2005  
    Blogger peabody said...

    I think that if you could have stopped Marc from doing his MR back on Oct 1st, the net impact on the world would have been immeasurably small. Negligible. I am very keen on protecting the environment, and I do a lot (including riding my bike, avoid eating meat, contributing $$ to environmental groups, etc) to try and do my part. But I think focussing on Marc here is really misguided... so much more impact would be had by spending time trying to get people on bikes or pub transit, encouraging low-emission vehicles, etc.

    Making a fuss to stop the tiny population of mileage runners is a good example of focussing on the wrong issues. My opinion.

    2:44 PM, December 05, 2005  
    Blogger FWAAA said...

    Congrats on hitting a million! You are an inspiration to all mileage runners.

    For a complete analysis (and correction of the faulty math) of steven luscher's comments, see:

    Cheers, FWAAA

    9:43 PM, December 05, 2005  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Comment regarding carbon:

    The poster had referenced The statistics there are poor. For example, if you take the 747-300 (not an efficient airplane), a range of 7700 miles takes 52,000 gal of fuel. 500 people are onboard. This gives about 74 miles/gal/person (not including crew), which ends up with a value of about .27 lbs of carbon/mile, instead of the .63 lbs assumed by the web site. However, if you assume that the flight was going there anyway, you might take your weight as a percentage of the weight of the flight. The max takeoff weight is 833,000 lbs, so a 200 lb individual is about 1/4000th of the carbon of the flight (instead of 1/500th) leading to a calculation of 0.03 lbs / mile.

    You can fudge for different airplanes, and for non-full flights, and for shorter flights, but you'd probably have to be a flight engineer to get an answer that's believable.

    I believe we humans should be as efficient as possible, but I hate bad statistics.

    12:11 PM, December 07, 2005  
    Blogger The Global Traveller said...

    Belated congratulations - an awesome feat. Have you booked any great awards with your stash of miles yet?

    6:53 PM, January 20, 2006  
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