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Key Publishing
Company typePrivate
FoundedDecember 1980
FounderRichard Cox
HeadquartersStamford, England
Area served
Key people
Adrian Cox
Chief Executive
ProductsAviation, rail, bus and modelling publications
Number of employees
SubsidiariesKey Publishing Spain

Key Publishing is a magazine publishing company specialising in aviation titles, based in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.


Airliner World was launched in 1999. In 2005 it launched Airports of the World,[1] and in the same year it bought PC Pilot (originally launched in 1999), the world's best selling flight simulation magazine.[citation needed]

In October 2009, Key Publishing bought Spain's leading aviation magazine Avion Revue, and its Latin American (Mexico and Argentina) editions,[2] formerly owned by Motor Presse - Ibérica (a division of Europe's largest publishing firm - Gruner + Jahr). This magazine, along with Avion & Piloto, is published by Key Publishing Spain.

In March 2010, it bought the title Aviation News.[3] Aviation News is Britain's longest established monthly aviation journal. Airfix Model World launched on 4 November 2010,[4] in partnership with Airfix.

In March 2012, Key Publishing acquired several magazines previously published by Ian Allan Publishing. Titles included Modern Railways, Railways Illustrated, Vintage Roadscene, Hornby Magazine, Combat Aircraft, Classic Aircraft, and Buses.[citation needed]


As well as its core titles, it produces one-off titles for organisations such as the Royal Air Force. It produces the directories for the Society of British Aircraft Companies and the British Aviation Group. It produces the souvenir programme for the Farnborough Airshow.[citation needed]


It has produced individual print run magazines on aviation topics such as the Battle of Britain

The following are publications of Key Publishing:[5]



It is sited on the A6121 in the very north of Stamford, not far from the former Stamford branch of the Great Northern Railway and the River Gwash (a tributary of the River Welland).


  1. ^ Media Week 2005
  2. ^ InPublishing October 2009
  3. ^ "Aviation News". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  4. ^ Airfix Model World
  5. ^ Portfolio Key Publishing