Simple Flying Turns 1! A Look Back At The Past Year

Simple Flying is celebrating its 1st birthday this week. It’s been a truly tremendous year for the entire team behind Simple Flying and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal readers.

Simple Flying was initially launched back in July 2018 with an aim to become the world’s go-to site for aviation news. Fast forward 12 months, and we now have an incredible 3 million monthly readers.

Some of the Simple Flying team at the Paris Air Show. Photo: Simple Flying

We now publish over 100 new stories each week and we even have an IOS and Android app!


Let’s look back at the past year

In the past year, as a site we have published over 3,000 stories. We asked some of our writers which stories they liked most and why. Here’s what they said:


Operation Yellow Ribbon

Operation yellow ribbon
A small town played a big part in Operation Yellow Ribbon. Photo: Wikimedia

Joanna Bailey: The Story Of Operation Yellow Ribbon. Published: 29th May 2019

“I really enjoyed researching and writing about Operation Yellow Ribbon. The whole world knows about September 11th, 2001, and for most it’s associated with tragedy, shock and loss. But the wonderful story about this little town in Canada really changed my viewpoint. I’d never even heard of Gander before, but what those people did is a real testament to there being ‘good people’ out there in the world. Perhaps not the most exciting story from an aviation point of view, but something different and one that’s stuck in my mind ever since.”


ANA’s First A380 Delivery

Airbus A380
ANA’s first A380 was delivered at a Toulouse ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Tom Boon: ANA’s First A380 Delivered In Toulouse. Published: March 20th 2019

“My favourite article to write has to be the story of ANA’s first Airbus A380 delivery. In writing the article, I was fortunate enough to attend the delivery ceremony at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse. While this in itself was exciting, it was also hugely impressive to see this stunning aircraft up close before it flew off to Japan. You must agree that the livery is a work of art, and the effort which Airbus put into the delivery ceremony was purely breathtaking!”

Reviewing Lufthansa’s First Class

Row 3 Lufthansa First Class 747-8
Lufthansa’s First Class seats aren’t exceptionally private, but are comfortable. Photo: Jay Singh/Simple Flying

Jay Singh: Review: Lufthansa 747 First Class Frankfurt To Johannesburg. Published: June 6th 2019

“My favorite article would probably be my Lufthansa First Class Review as it was my first ever flight in long-haul First Class. I loved writing it because it was something that I could share with people that anyone can work towards. You don’t have to pay to fly it, I flew the flight after learning how to earn and spend points on Simple Flying”

Looking towards the future

It’s just the start for Simple Flying. We have lots of exciting plans over the next year:

  • Content expansion: We will be expanding our content further, to focus on more international stories.
  • More in depth content and stories:Β We have a lot of exciting interviews, events and trips planned over the next year. Expect more in depth content and exclusive content as a result of this.
  • Community: We are in the early stages of planning to launch a community/forums for all of our regular readers. More details on this in the coming months!
  • Another publication: We are in the early stages of acquiring another aviation publication, this is very exciting for us and it will allow us to bring you some amazing content not currently found on Simple Flying. Details on this will be announced in the coming weeks.

Thanks for a great year, from the Simple Flying team!


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nice place to be for all Av geeks.. aviation news reported right as they happen your contents
Happy 1st anniversary all the way from NBO Kenya

Joanna Bailey

Thank you so much, and thank you for being a reader!

Chris Loh

Thanks for reading!

Niklas Andersson

From Stockholm Arlanda.

Joanna Bailey

Thanks Niklas, and Hello to ARN from NQY!

Fred Christiansen

Been a reader for about 6 months. As an avgeek, y’all are one of my go-to sites every morning.

Chris Loh

Thanks Fred!

Joanna Bailey

That’s so lovely to know, thank you for reading πŸ˜€


Thumbs up for your first year! Keep up the good work as I enjoy reading the site for my aviation news. One question for you….will you enable an option so we can enlarge the photos when clicking on them?

Joanna Bailey

Thanks so much. I will raise that with someone more technically minded πŸ˜‰


Happy Anniversary!!! all the way from Lime Springs, Iowa . I enjoy reading the latest.

Joanna Bailey

Thanks kaden! And thank you for reading 😊


Happy birthday Simple Flying! I love your stories! Keep up the good work!

Joanna Bailey

Thanks so much Bob, and thank you for being a reader!


Happy anniversary, from Baltimore MD.
Any project for french speaking readers?
Merci beaucoup pour votre formidable travail et la passion que vous partagez.
Thumbs up!

Joanna Bailey

Thank you Edwin! We’re not planning other languages at this time but you never know…

Antoine F

Happy anniversary, from Lyon France !
Always a pleasure to read you every morning. Keep it going !

Joanna Bailey

Thank you Antoine! Very happy to have you as a reader πŸ™‚

Dave H

Happy 1st anniversary, fantastic site for Aviation related news, keep up the great work.
Cheer’s from Vancouver, Canada.

Joanna Bailey

Thank you Dave!