LondonSpotter has been a respected voice in the aviation industry since its founding by Raj Stevenson in 2016. What began as a blog sharing his travel experiences quickly began to grow into something Raj never expected.
Today, LondonSpotter isn’t just the hub of Raj and his team’s flight reviews but also the home of aviation news. Whether its a monthly delivery report by Raj himself where he analyses the monthly deliveries by Airbus, Boeing and other manufacturers, the regular route reviews by Ethan or the monthly ‘Fare Finder’ from Callum – LondonSpotter is the place to be.
For the past few years, Raj has represented LondonSpotter at many big events and grown the brand through meeting with big names or being invited on elite events. In the upcoming years Raj looks forward to expanding LondonSpotter even more by hiring more employees, reviewing more airlines and continuing to have a presence at large aviation events around the world.
Raj: CEO and Founder
Since the age of 11 or 12 Raj has had a fascination for airplanes but it wasn’t until he learnt more about the different types that he became really interested in them. At the age of 15 or 16, his interest became more orientated around flying and travel. Living in the South East of England puts Raj in close proximity to all of London’s airports so he could easily make his way to any of those airports for travel.
At the age of 16, Raj flew onboard Air France’s new 787 aircraft purely because he wanted to fly a new plane. This trip (a birthday present from his mum and dad) kickstarted everything. He wrote up a small blog post to his then relatively tiny Instagram and was lucky enough to be contacted by Air France, thanking him for such a detailed write-up. For a little child this was an incredible feeling and it really showed that he had potential in this field.
Since then, Raj has been contacted by airlines and airports from around the world and loves reviewing different airlines while also broadcasting aviation news as and when it happens via the news section of LondonSpotter. As a result of also being a ‘journalist’ when it comes to aviation, Raj has been to some of the most noteworthy aviation events of recent times and met some of the biggest names in aviation including CEOs of some of the biggest airlines.
At the age of 18, Raj applied for his first ever airline credit card and to the surprise of everyone, was accepted! From that moment on, Raj has been learning all about transferring points, jumping on signup bonuses and flying the highlife for cheaper than he could ever have believed was possible.
When Raj stepped onboard his Air France flight from London to Paris he had absolutely no idea what it would turn into. Now, he is running a website dedicated to detailed flight reviews, industry-leading news and is a renowned voice on all matters aviation.
The journey of starting up his own website while still being a schoolchild taught Raj of the need to balance his time well. One thing that really helped was finding three people who now publish under the LondonSpotter umbrella on a weekly basis and help share all things aviation.
Recent Posts from Raj:
I am a travel addict and love everything about aviation. I first became interested in aviation at the age of 7, making weekly trips to the Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport and since then, I’ve been hooked. When I met Raj and he asked if I would be interested in coming onboard, I immediately said yes and have been working under the ‘LondonSpotter’ banner ever since. Global politics and aviation often go hand in hand, so – aside from my passion for civil aviation – I also have a keen interest in politics and human Geography. With this in mind, I report on all the breaking news in the aviation world, bringing you the full story and analysing what it means for the future of the industry, in-depth airline reviews and a monthly ‘route review’ which takes a deeper look at where new routes are popping up and what it means for locals and the international market.
Recent Posts from Ethan:
As my passion for aviation grew, so did my love of photography. Instagram was the perfect place for me to combine the two. At first I was as bad as you could get: over exposed, blurry and generally awful. I went spotting more and more and my knowledge of aircraft and photography grew. I began taking flights just to catch specific aircrafts, I caught the bug you might say! I soon began upgrading my camera gear and exploring new countries, spotting and generally being an annoying tourist. As my social media channels grew, I continued to fly around Europe with my camera and friends I have made along the way. With my photography improving, I started taking it to the next level with helicopter shooting and even papping pilots as they flew the plane (with the correct permission, of course). When Raj and I got talking and he invited me to join the team at LondonSpotter it made perfect sense. To be able to share my love for aviation and photography on LondonSpotter feels amazing.
Recent Posts from James:
Growing up in Birmingham, I always had my eyes on the sky – a true aviation geek! At the age of 18 I finished school and became cabin crew. It was my first ever time working for an airline and I felt so at home working for a company that felt more like a family than anything else. That airline was Monarch. I enjoyed a long stint at Monarch flying out of Birmingham onboard the little A320 family but on October 1st 2017, Monarch went bust and I was out of a job. That day was really hard for all of us at Monarch but I decided I wanted to stay in the industry and put my knowledge to good use so I applied for a job as a travel agent. Being a travel agent was great as it allowed me to deepen my knowledge of airlines, airfares and routes which puts me in a great position to write a monthly ‘fare finder’ which outlines the best deals for the month. When Raj and I got chatting about a possible position in the LondonSpotter team I was really happy. Working with other people who share my passion for flying sounded amazing and just like that, here we are.