What is Socialtrippin?

Social Trippin’ is a series of events sponsored by Turkish Airlines that gathers aviation geeks and opinion leaders from all over the world, including digital marketers, top bloggers, and web gurus.

This three day journey into "The Future of Aviation" aims to foster communication and new ideas with new connections and to increase the adaptation of the latest technologies.

The Future of Aviation is Reshaped in Istanbul!

Well-known aviation specialists gathered together for a journey into the Future of Aviation, in candidate city for the newest center of world aviation, Istanbul. They had a very productive workshop discussing and creating the Future of Aviation.

After three great and productive days, they returned to their home countries with big smiles on their faces.


David Parker Brown has flying since he was a young child— his first flight was when he was six months old, strapped in a baby seat in the back of a Bonanza. He has been blogging since 1999 before “blog” was a known word and whenstarted AirineReporter.com with the hope to share his passion for aviation and found out there are many other AvGeeks outthere just like him.All the press coverage the site has receivedis great, but nothing can beat having William Shatner calledhim an “aviation expert,” when he did a piece for his Weird of What Show in 2012. David works in higher education and works with students to SimpliFlying Recommendations for TK’s Future of PaxEx project! Confidentialget the best out of their education and he gets excited when his world’s of education and taviation collide.


Raymond Kollau, founder of airlinetrends.com, has extensive experience in analyzing industry and consumertrends. For the past 8 years, Raymond has been part of leading consumer trends agency trendwatching.com as a Consumer Trends Analyst, a position he still holds part-timetoday. Combining his travel industry expertise and his experience in consumer trends research, Raymond founded airlinetrends.com to bring inspiration and innovation to aviation professionals.

His professional background also includes positions as Industry Analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consultants (now part of IBM), and Internet Strategist at agency.com. In these roles, Raymond worked with many clients in the travel industry.


Will Horton: Originally from New York City, Will now lives in Hong Kong. He is an active follower of the air transport industry interested in how the Asia-Pacific region's emergingairlines are addressing the passenger experience given theirhigh-fuelled growth. He also writes for the Centre for Aviation(CAPA) and APEX, and has previously worked forFlightglobal.


Shashank Nigam is a globally sought-after consultant, speaker and thought leader on airline branding and customer engagement strategy. He is the CEO of SimpliFlying, the leading strategy firm that enables airlines and airports to drive key business goals through superior customer engagement.

SimpliFlying.com is one of the Top 2 blogs on aviation, and their Twitter handle (@simpliflying ) is one of the Top 5 most influential on airlines.

Nigam studied Information Systems Management and Business Management at Singapore Management University and Carnegie Mellon University. Hailing from India, he splits his time between Singapore and Vancouver, among other cities.