About Airline Reporter

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 since 2009. We are a team of over 35 writers, located in 25 different cities, on 4 continents. We have flown about 2,000,000 miles to bring engaging content to our readers. Most of us are working professionals, who want to share our passion with you.

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 113,000 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.

Have questions? Story ideas? Maybe share your own story? Cool. Email our Editor-in-Chief and Founder, David Parker Brown, directly at [email protected].

The AvGeeks Running the Show:

Best seat in the house... err plane!

Best seat in the house… err plane!

David Parker Brown

Editor-in-Chief & Founder – Seattle, WA
@ARdpb | Flickr | YouTube | Stories Written | [email protected]

David has written, consulted, and presented on multiple topics relating to airlines and travel since 2008. He has a genuine passion for 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 loves planes, fish, and fun sweaters.

Blaine Nickeson

Managing Editor – Denver, CO
@bnickeson | Stories Written | [email protected]
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 kids and wife.

 

Francis learning to fly!

Francis learning to fly!

Francis Zera

Editor-at-Large – Seattle, WA
Francis Zera is a Seattle-based architectural, aerial, aviation, and commercial photographer, a freelance photojournalist, and a confirmed AvGeek.

 

JL Johnson

Managing Correspondent – Lee’s Summit, MO.
@User47Instagram | YouTubeStories Written | [email protected]
JL joined AirlineReporter in 2012 and has since become one of our most tenured and prolific writers. His passions include catalyzing AvGeek passion in others, spending too much time on Twitter, and frequent travel. While he’s always looking for the next big adventure, home is with his growing AvGeek family in a Midwest suburb.

 

Fly time!

Fly time!

Manu Venkat

Senior Correspondent – New York, NY
Manu got his private pilot license in high school, setting the tone for his interest in all things aviation. He earned his frequent flyer credentials working as a journalist, and is now a medical resident in New York City. He enjoys writing about air travel from a millennial’s perspective.

 

An Airbus Beluga parked in Hamburg, Germany

An Airbus Beluga parked in Hamburg, Germany

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