This week Simple Flying is celebrating its third birthday. The publication was launched in July 2018, and it’s hard to believe just how far we’ve come in such a short period of time.
The past year has been one of turmoil for the aviation industry, and our goal has been to keep you informed of what’s been going on. Thankfully, as the industry begins the long road to recovery, we’re now in the position of reporting many more positive stories.
As a website, we have lots planned, although we’re not quite ready to give away the details yet, so keep your eyes peeled! To mark the occasion of our third birthday, a few members of the team reflected on their favorite stories,
Joanna Bailey – Managing Editor
“This story is my favorite because, until an Aliansa DC-3 had a runway excursion in Colombia, I had no idea ANY DC-3s were still flying passenger services. But there are actually loads – 172 when I did my research – and that gives me hope I might get to fly on one someday.”
Tom Boon – Content Manager
“For me, my favorite story was covering one of the final Lufthansa Airbus A380 departures from Frankfurt Airport. Living so close to the airport, I was able to cycle down and capture exclusive images of the aircraft departing, and it was bittersweet seeing the aircraft waving its wings on departure as one final goodbye.”
Sumit Singh – Deputy Editor
“I would say this is my favorite article that I’ve written as I really enjoyed the conversation with Comlux Aviation CEO Andrea Zanetto about numerous crucial aspects of the industry. I loved taking a topic that I covered when I first started at Simple Flying – the prospects of the A380 as a private jet – and asking a key figure about the subject. It was interesting to hear his insights, and as a result, the response to the article was great with several readers debating in the comments. I found this piece to have a nice balance overall.”
Jay Singh – Deputy Content Manager
“This article was my favorite in large part because, in my mind, it was the start of the post-covid atmosphere in airlines. This was a chance to do a multi-week, data-driven research story that focused on an airline adapting to the growing consumer base and demand for flying domestically, while also managing the competitive marketplace. It was a multi-faceted story that really was a joy to write only a couple of weeks before I actually got to experience it myself”
Jake Hardiman – Innovation Lead
“My favorite story was my piece on the life of Niki Lauda and his various airlines. I’m a big motorsport fan, so it was fascinating to research and write about his life and career, both on the racetrack and the runway, as it allowed me to fuse my passion for Formula One and aviation.”
James Pearson – Routes Analyst
“The pandemic has seen many things happen, including a huge – and quite inevitable – shift away from four-engine and often older and less fuel-efficient aircraft. While newer, the A380 has not been spared, yet British Airways has remained committed to it. Using data from RDC Aviation, this article goes under the surface – always exciting – by showing how much it costs BA to operate the aircraft to Los Angeles.”
What was your favorite story from the past year? Let us know in the comments below!