A Boeing 747-8F inside the factory in Everett, WA

A Boeing 747-8F inside the factory in Everett, WA

What is AirlineReporter?

Welcome, and thank you stopping by, where we love to share our passion for aviation, travel and the airline industry. We are a team of over 30 writers, located in 18 different cities, on 4 continents. We have flown over 1,500,000 miles to bring engaging content to our readers.

There are many negative voices about the airline business out there and we try to provide the context behind the stories. Many people see airlines as an “evil” business and that flying “is not like it used to be.” AirlineReporter tries to remind folks that flying can still be a magical experience and it is not like the way it used to be; in many cases it is better.

We hit a broad audience of aviation fans, frequent fliers, people who work in the airline business, and others in the media that cover aviation. We are proud of the impact we have made with our hundreds  of thousands of readers each month and our strong social media presence, with over 76,000 engaged Twitter followers.

We have been on, written for, or quoted on a number of different media sources, including: CNN, Washington Post, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Costco Connection, Reuters, CTV (Canada AM), CBC, NPR, Marketplace, FOX, AOL Travel, 9News Australia, Huffington Post, Forbes, APEX magazine, USA Today, KING5, MSNBC (now NBC News), Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Times, Gadling, Alaska Airlines’ Blog, and others.

An Airbus Beluga parked in Hamburg, Germany

An Airbus Beluga parked in Hamburg, Germany


We proudly call ourselves AvGeeks and so do most of our readers. What’s an AvGeek, you ask? Here are some stories to check out:


Photo of David taking a selfie with a KLM 747-400 in the background - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Photo of David taking a selfie with a KLM 747-400 in the background – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

David Parker Brown, Editor-in-Chief & Founder – Seattle, WA
@ARdpb | Flickr | YouTube | Stories Written | david@airlinereporter.com

David has written, consulted, and presented on multiple topics relating to airlines and travel for since 2008. He has a genuine passion sharing the complexities and benefits of the airline business. The aviation-bug got him during his first flight, when he was six months old, strapped in a baby seat in the back of a Bonanza.  He has a background in higher education, public relations, entrepreneurship, and has been “blogging” since 1999.

As a bit of a Trekkie, he was quite excited when William Shatner called him an “aviation expert,” when he did a piece for his Weird of What Show in 2012. He has also earned a (good or bad) reputation for wearing a top hat, during VIP events.


Blaine Nickeson in the flight deck of a LAN Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Blaine Nickeson in the flight deck of a LAN Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Blaine Nickeson, Managing Editor – Denver, CO
@bnickeson | Stories Written | blaine@airlinereporter.com

Blaine is an enthusiast of all things airplanes, airlines, and miles.  Due to his family being split on opposite sides of the country, Blaine traveled frequently as a child, falling in love with the flying experience, and has continued to travel ever since.  For AirlineReporter, Blaine edits all content before publishing, assists in story and concept development, and takes every chance he gets to produce original content for the site. When Blaine’s not busy planning his next travel adventure, he spends his time working as a college administrator.  If he can’t be on an airplane, he’d prefer to be on a bicycle or playing with his two toddlers with his wife.


David Delagarza, Associate Editor – Denver, CO
@davedlg | Stories Written | davedlg@airlinereporter.com
David is a civil engineer by training and trade, but his head is in the clouds.  A licensed private pilot and skydiver, he grew up around airplanes and airports.  He calls Colorado home, but travel is in his blood.  You can find him sitting in coach with his wife and toddler on the way to their next great adventure.


Bernie at the Everett Delivery Center

Bernie at the Everett Delivery Center

Bernie Leighton, Managing Correspondent – Seattle, WA
@PowerToTheThird | Flickr | Stories Written | bernie@airlinereporter.com

Bernie has traveled around the world to learn about, experience, and photograph different types of planes.  Bernie will go anywhere to fly on anything.  He spent four years in Australia learning about how to run an airline, while putting his learning into practice by mileage running around the world.  You can usually find Bernie in his natural habitat: flying on a very old plane.

JL Johnson ready to write about airlines

JL Johnson ready to write about airlines

JL Johnson, Senior Correspondent – Kansas City, MO
@User47 | AviationGeek.net | YouTube | Flickr | Instagram | Stories Written | jl@airlinereporter.com

JL is a twenty-something Senior Business Analyst, semi-frequent traveler, and lover of all things aviation.  He attributes his love of aviation to his grandfather, a USAF Colonel who had him in “AvGeek training” before he could walk.


Jacob in the flight deck

Jacob Pfleger, Senior Correspondent – Czech, Prague
@avi8or1990 |  Flickr | Stories Written | jacob@airlinereporter.com

A native of Australia, Jacob’s interest in aviation first came about as a child going on a long-haul flight between Australia and Europe to visit relatives. In addition to being a pilot himself, he has worked in operations for a charter airline, been on-the-ramp handling aircraft, worked as a slot coordinator for major airports, and currently works as an aircraft charter broker for corporate and VIP clients throughout Eastern Europe. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys photography, plane spotting, and travel.