Sally Gethin is an aviation commentator with a background in business and consumer journalism. She has a wealth of experience in aviation journalism starting in 1992 when she was the launch editor of Air Traffic Management published by Euromoney, which has grown into a world-leading ATC publication. At the same time she led the flagship title Airport Support, which followed technology and investment issues at airports around the world. She managed a team of specialist in-house journalists and commissioned international freelance contributors to create best-in-class reportage of the airports and ATC sectors.
During her tenure, Sally travelled to as many new airport development and trade conferences as possible, interviewing the leading airport directors and infrastructure providers of the day. She interviewed the USA Transportation Secretary Federico Pena on Capitol Hill regarding the evolution of Air Traffic Control and management in the US, as well as funding and ownership challenges at US airports. She also led her publications through considerable changes in management as well as redesigning and repositioning Airport Support to a new audience.
In 1995 she moved to Aldwych Publishing as publisher and editor of Freight Management International reporting on multimodal cargo, transport and logistics issues. During this time she led a redesign of the publication and introduced new freelance contributors to boost the editorial standard.
In 1997 Sally decided to go independent and developed ties to Jane’s Airport Review becoming the USA specialist contributor, travelling extensively to the US to provide expert coverage from Airports Council International-North America ACI-NA conferences. During this period of time she expanded her portfolio of activities to include a range of publishers including Travel Trade Gazette and Airline Business.
In 1999 she took the role of editor of Inflight magazine a print-only publication. This was an emerging sector of inflight entertainment with a market-reach of airlines, Hollywood studios, technology and content service providers. Sally wanted to address emerging digital trends by launching a digital-only publication as the first of its kind in that sector. Consequently she left the magazine after a year to launch her own digital newsletter, Gethin’s Inflight News in year 2000. Gethin’s Inflight News remains the forerunner in independent journalism for the Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity sector. Global airlines such as Lufthansa and JetBlue Airways as well as connectivity giants such as Inmarsat and Gogo subscribe to the service.
In the 15 years since launch Gethin’s Inflight News has tracked the massive surge in IFEC trends including the emergence of inflight wi-fi and connectivity. Sally has interviewed all the major thinkers and leaders in this niche sector and attended all the key conferences such as APEX annual convention and Aircraft Interiors Expo. At the same time she has provided specialist articles for Onboard Hospitality, PAX magazine, Aircraft Interiors magazine as well as maintaining her links with articles to Jane’s Airport Review, which is under the editorial leadership of Ben Vogel. Indeed she has seen her articles become the cover features of Aircraft Interiors. She has also developed as a professional photographer with one of her photographs of the iconic Slipstream sculpture in the Queen’s Terminal at Heathrow, the frontispiece to the Jane’s Airport Annual book in 2014.
Sally continues to track the latest developments and her new website www.gethinsinflight.com bears witness to the diversity of Sally’s knowledge and expertise.
“Various people from the Lufthansa IFE & Connectivity team have subscribed to Gethin’s Inflight News. It gives a good overview of what’s going on in the aviation and travel industry. Thank you Sally – we really appreciate this service!”
Tim Obmann, product manager, Inflight Entertainment & Connectivity, Deutsche Lufthansa
“My team find Gethin’s News to be an invaluable source of news and intelligence in the IFE&C space. It provides us with great insight into industry moves and changes and we find it to be excellent value for money.”
Jamie Perry, vice president, brand & product development manager JetBlue Airways, New York