Welcome to KN Aviation!
My name is Keishi Nukina and I love all things aviation – especially so if it’s related to airliners. To date, I have flown on over 600 flights totaling over 1 million miles. I started this blog back in 2015 to have a place to chronicle some of these aviation experiences.
Since then, I published hundreds of flight and airport lounge reviews, as well as other aviation-related articles here, contributed to a variety of digital and print publications, and even organized tours for aviation enthusiasts.
Through KN Aviation, I aim to help air travelers with preparing for their upcoming trips. I also aim to provide content that aviation enthusiasts like me might find interesting.
Currently, I am based in Tokyo, Japan, but my love for aviation goes back long before I moved to Japan or started this website…
Published Work & Media Appearances
Over the last few years, my writing and photos have been published in a variety of digital and print media including AIRLINE, Airliner World, Asian Aviation, and Digital Photography School. Below are samples of my published work:
Additionally, I have also been quoted and featured in several media outlets including:
- Asian Aviation: AAV In Conversation with Keishi Nukina on Japanese aviation, COVID-19 & sustainability
- Bustle: 17 Travel Bloggers On The One Place You Should Visit
- Channel News Asia: How a Buddhist Monk Turned CEO Revived JAL from Bankruptcy
- Channel News Asia: Inside the Storm Season 4 Episode 4 – Japan Airlines
- Cheapism: 20 Tips for Visiting Hawaii on a Budget
- CreditCards.com: Travel with Cards, Mobile Apps Only? Not So Fast; You’ll Still Need Cash
- Travel + Leisure: This Is What Happens When You Leave Your Belongings Behind on a Plane
If you are working on a story related to aviation and need commentary on the issues you are covering or photos to illustrate your story, do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Topics that I can especially help with include the Japanese (and Asian) airline market, in-flight experience, and travel using miles and points.
My Aviation Story
My love for aviation was born just over three decades ago, not long after I myself was born – it goes back to when I was just one or two years old. I was born in Slovakia to a Slovak mom and a Japanese dad, and having one set of grandparents in Japan meant flying there for an annual visit.
Each and every year, I would look forward to the family trip more and more. I was, of course, excited to visit my grandparents and to spend time in Japan, a country that I moved to later on in my life and that I live in to this day. But, I also couldn’t wait to get onboard a plane and get cozy in my seat for half-a-dozen hours!
As I got older, I started researching the airlines and aircraft we would be flying on these trips, which led me to many aviation websites including Airliners.net. Seeing many great photos on these websites, it became clear what I wanted for my 15th birthday – a camera.
Shortly after that, I visited Vienna Airport (the nearest major airport to my home) without a ticket, just to spend some time watching aircraft there. And, I was hooked…
Over my more than a decade long aviation enthusiast “career” I went through a variety of aviation-related hobbies. I shared my spotting “logs” with other enthusiasts in forums, uploaded my photos to various databases, and I traded safety cards with other collectors around the world. I even started two (terribly looking) websites which could be considered the predecessors of this website.
All of the above culminated in me launching KN Aviation in 2015.
Since then, I had the privilege of not only (hopefully) helping hundreds of thousands of people with their travels through the airline reviews and other articles I publish here, but also to contribute to a variety of digital and print media, and organize a couple of tours for aviation enthusiasts.
And, even to fly on NASA’s research aircraft on what were the two most unforgettable flights of my life!
Mark is a life-long aviation enthusiast and has spent the majority of his professional career as an airport planner. He worked for a variety of airports in the UK in planning, development, operations, and policy, before becoming a consultant airport planner. Mark has lived and worked in the UK, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and now runs his own niche airport planning airport consultancy in the UK.
Matt's eyes have been turned to the sky for as long as he can remember. A former newspaper editor, Matt is a lifelong avgeek whose earliest memories include talking aviation with his grandfather, a retired US Air Force pilot. Matt has lived in Greece, Czechia, and Germany for studies and for work, and is currently based in the US, near Dallas. Matt recently took the plunge to become a pilot himself, and is now transitioning into an airline career.
Hirofumi is a Japanese aviation enthusiast based in Delhi, India. Besides finding joy in trying out as many airline products as possible, he is also running a travel agency focused on providing tours within India especially to the Himalayas.
Finally, here, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the people that have been crucial in me being able to pursue and enjoy my passion for aviation – and run KN Aviation over the years:
- My wife, daughter, family, and “non-avgeek” friends for understanding my (sometimes crazy) hobby and supporting me in all the ways they can
- Fellow aviation enthusiasts that I’ve had a chance to meet around the world
- All of those that have read my articles on KN Aviation as well as in other publications
Thank you – without all of you, the hobby wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!