Founder, Editor and Publisher
Mary Kirby has covered the aviation industry for 20 years as both a journalist and an editor.
After cutting her teeth at a weekly world airline newsletter Mary joined Flightglobal in 1999 as a reporter for its real-time news site Air Transport Intelligence. She was promoted to Deputy Editor, Americas in 2003 and later to US Editor. In 2007 Mary assumed the position of Senior Editor at Flightglobal’s weekly magazine title, Flight International, where she led coverage of inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and aircraft interiors, and became a regular contributor to sister publication Airline Business magazine. During this time, she was also proprietor of the highly regarded Runway Girl blog, which focused on covering the passenger experience (#PaxEx) sector.
In November 2013, Mary launched Runway Girl Network, which delivers news and intelligence about the airline passenger experience industry and highlights the work and accomplishments of women in aviation. The award-winning site is completely transforming the traditional aviation B2B trade news model to encompass a B2B2C model that considers passengers’ needs and wants.
Mary is a prominent speaker and has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNN, and CBS Money Watch. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Sydney Morning Herald, Chicago Tribune, Men’s Health, CNBC’s Road Warrior, NBC’s Today, Reuters and Flightglobal among other news agencies and publications.