Podcast Episode 019: Aviation Geek Wishes Come True


Welcome to Episode 019 of the #PaxEx Podcast. Our guest for this episode is David Parker Brown, founder and editor of the hugely popular Airline Reporter news and reviews web site. David is also renowned among the aviation geek community for launching the Aviation Geek Fest with the Future of Flight, Museum of Flight and Boeing.

In this episode, co-hosts Max Flight and Mary Kirby learn about David’s passenger experience aboard the brand new Qatar Airways Airbus A380; he tells us that small touches can make a big difference to #PaxEx (and describes what that snazzy upper deck bar is like). We also discuss the forthcoming Qatar A350 delivery; this is the very first delivery of this new-design aircraft, and journalists from all over the world are preparing to descend on Toulouse next week to witness this memorable occasion.

Next, the industry has been buzzing about Korean Air’s “nutgate” saga, where a Korean Air VP responsible for cabin service went nuts on flight crew after receiving macadamia nuts in a bag instead of a dish. We discuss the fall-out to Korean Air, and consider the very high expectations of today’s premium traveler.

Last but not least, we get the low-down from David about Aviation Geek Fest 2015. This event draws hundreds of AvGeeks to Seattle each year, and sells out online in three minutes! Mark your calendars and get ready for some fast finger action; the next Aviation geek Fest in February is sure to be spectacular.


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  2. Kerry Kenner

    David Brown has done a great job with the AvGeek Festival. For the past few years I have wanted to go but scheduling wasn’t possible, but this year I will be poised at the keyboard when the tickets go on sale.

    For those more interested in history of airlines, there is another group, the World Airline Historical Society which holds an annual Airliners International Convention. When I first became aware of their organization I was able to go to the one in Washington, DC in 1983. At the time my wife said it would be a couple of nerdy guys staring at airplanes through the fence. However, there were around 1,000 people at the banquet. Tours included the Concorde – we were taken out to the grass area between the runway and taxiway at Dulles to take pictures of the Concorde arriving. After the passengers deplaned we were let aboard for a tour. One of the door prizes was a flight to London on the Concorde. The event continues, but 9/11 has greatly reduced the scope of activities.