Sam Chui

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Sam Chui
Born (1980-11-07) 7 November 1980 (age 42)
EducationBachelor of Commerce
OccupationAviation blogger
Years active1999–present
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Sam Chui
YouTube information
Years active2007–present
Subscribers3.16 million
Total views762 million
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Sam Chui (/ˈ/; Chinese: 崔佳星; born 7 November 1980) is a Chinese-born Australian aviation and travel vlogger, photographer, and author. He has written four books including Air1, Air2, Air 3, and Air747. Chui is also a YouTube content creator.[1][2] He is considered to be one of the world's most popular aviation bloggers and airline reviewers.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sam Chui was born on 7 November 1980 in Beijing, China.[4] When he was a child, his parents moved to Hong Kong.[1] As a teenager, Chui often visited Kai Tak Airport (Hong Kong's old airport) and watched planes land and take off.[5]


Chui along with Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, presenting his book Air 2 while filming for his vlog onboard a Qatar Airways Airbus A350 XWB

In 1999, Chui started a website, publishing photos of aircraft. It has since expanded to include current events regarding aviation. He is known for overhead pictures of Los Angeles International Airport captured from helicopters. In 2007, he started his YouTube channel and became well-known. Some of his videos gathered an excess of 60 million views.[6] Chui has traveled to over 100 countries and flown over 2,000 flights. He travels more than 300,000 miles every year to test out flights and share his reviews.[2]

In 2019, Chui was invited onto a Boeing 747-SP private jet owned previously by the Qatari Royal Family and he flew from Hamilton, Canada, to Marana, Arizona as the only passenger.[3] In 2019, he flew to Rome on an El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747.[7]

Chui has a keen interest for the Boeing 747. He has logged over a million miles on 279 747 flights and has flown on every commercial variant of the 747 across 37 operators from around the world. His first flight on a Boeing 747 was in 1993 onboard United Airlines Flight 800 from Hong Kong to Tokyo Narita.[3] Chui has flown on 240 airlines and 180 aircraft types. He has flown New York to London on Concorde, landed on a glacier in New Zealand, visited Lukla in Nepal and taken the longest non-stop flight from Singapore to Newark. He was the sole passenger aboard the world’s only privately-owned Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Chui received his Private Pilot License in the USA in July 2021.[8]

He has also worked for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) to publish highlights from the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE).[9][10]


Title Publisher Publication year ISBN
Air 1 – Sam Chui Air Photos Zkoob Limited 2008 ISBN 978-9881750006
Air 2 – Aviation Photos and Flight Reports Pixelium Company 2012 ISBN 9789889918651
Air 3 – Aviation Photos and Flight Experiences Astral Horizon Aviation Press 2014 ISBN 978-9881370907
Air 747: Experiencing the Passion: Boeing's Jumbo Jet Astral Horizon Aviation Press 2020 ISBN 9780993260490


  1. ^ a b Simonetta, Biagio (29 May 2019). "Sam Chui, l'uomo-leggenda dei cieli che ha preso più di duemila voli". Il Sole 24 Ore (in Italian).
  2. ^ a b Mack, Ben (18 November 2019). "Here's what it was like on board Qantas' first nonstop, 19-hour flight from London to Sydney, Business Insider – Business Insider". Business Insider.
  3. ^ a b c Menon, Murali (13 November 2021). "One man's Boeing 747 obsession". Money Control. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  4. ^ Bin Asad, Kazi Akib (6 March 2019). "'AvGeek' Sam Chui lands in Dhaka". The Daily Star.
  5. ^ Bailey, Joanna (22 October 2022). "From Planespotter To Top Vlogger - The Story Of Sam Chui's Success". Simple Flying. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  6. ^ Bailey, Joanna (22 October 2022). "From Planespotter To Top Vlogger - The Story Of Sam Chui's Success". Simple Flying. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Aviation blogger Sam Chui on EL AL 747 departure flight – In Other News..." Arutz Sheva. 2 November 2019.
  8. ^ Lennox, Graeme (16 August 2020). "Aviation influencer Sam Chui on why we need to buckle up for turbulent times ahead". The Times. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  9. ^ "Social Media Influencers to Highlight BizAv Value at NBAA-BACE: Join the Conversation". 24 September 2021.
  10. ^ Tesorero, Angel (10 April 2021). "The 'fully vaccinated' Emirates flight over UAE lands in Dubai International Airport". Retrieved 12 January 2023.

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