About Sam Chui

Sam Chui

"My soul is in the sky."

My dedication and obsession with aviation and travel has taken me on journeys into many remarkable places throughout the World.

Hi, I am Sam Chui. I am one of the world's most followed Aviation blogger, vlogger, photographer and journalist.

I enjoy anything related to aviation and travel. My fascination with airplanes stemmed from visiting Kai Tak airport as a teenager. 

It is the precious feeling of being in the air, the romance and curiosity of flying which developed my passion towards aviation and travel.

I have now traveled to over 100 countries, flown over 1,500 flights and logged over 3 million miles around the globe to pursue my lifelong passion. I contribute aviation commentary regularly to many global media outlets such as CNN, Bloomberg News and a range of aviation related media. I am also an author of 3 books published in 2008, 2012 and 2014.

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I’ve been able to travel to amazing places, in a style I would never have thought possible. I travel the world in First and Business Class most of the time. I do all of this whilst holding down a regular job and often pay less than the people sat in Economy. I am passionate and fearless when it comes to my favorite subject, flying in luxury.

I always pay for my flights. My travel isn't sponsored. My reviews are independent with my own views.

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Timeline and highlight of my life


1980 - I was born in Beijing, China

In mid 80s, I moved to Hong Kong with my parents. I flew the Chinese Air Force Vickers Viscount, CAAC Trident and Dragonair Tristar.

1993 - I started flying extensively on my vacation and visiting over 20 countries, became an elite member of United Airlines Mileage Plus.

1997 - I moved to Sydney, Australia for high school and university. I continued to travel to more countries each year.

1998 - I got my first car, and drove to the airport as the first destination.

1999 - I started this website, originally call SamChuiPhotos.com

2003 - I flew the British Airways Supersonic Concorde from New York to London in just 3 hours 18 minutes.

2004 - On my first trip to Russia, I flew with IL-62, IL-86, An-24, Yak-40, Tu-134, Tu-154 aircraft.

2004 - I traveled to Iran for the first time and flew the classic B747-SP, B707 and B727 among many other highlights.

2005 - I was invited to Toulouse, France to observe the maiden flight of Airbus A380.

2007 - I flew the world inaugural A380 flight of Singapore Airlines in Singapore Airlines Suite.

2009 - I flew on a Lockheed Constellation "Connie" L1049G!

2010 - Landed on a glacier with Ski Plane in South Island of New Zealand.

2011 - I relocated to Abu Dhabi, UAE and married in the same year. Visited the most dangerous airport, Lukla in Nepal.

2012 - Flew the last ever B747 of Singapore Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Singapore.

2012 - I visited North Korea and flew classic Soviet planes with Air Koryo and went on to visit 3 more times!

2012 - On a trip to Pakistan, flew 7 out of 8 sectors inside the cockpit with PIA on A310, B777-200, ATR-42, B747-300 and B777-300.

2013 - I flew to the North Pole on a special chartered "Polarflug" by airberlin. I also flew the longest commercial flight in the world from Singapore to Newark with Singapore Airlines.

2014 - Flew Southern Polar flight from Sydney nonstop to Buenos AiresI also visited Somalia and flew classic DC-9 in Africa. I also flew my first B747-8 with Lufthansa in First Class.

2015 - Onboard world’s inaugural A350 commercial flight with Qatar Airways from Doha to Frankfurt. I also became the organizer of highly successful Iran Aviation Tours.

2016 - Experienced the best commercial aviation product with The Residence on Etihad A380 and Air France La Premiere. Also flew a Legacy 650 private jet.

My Travel Map

I have now flown a total of 180+ airlines with over 150 aircraft types.

My favourite aircraft is Boeing 747. I've flown her over 300 times across all B747 models and variants.

Below is where I have flown in the world so far...


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