Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1053
Posts / Week:5.1
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

A well-flown path

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

L980 was a crowded airway before the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 18th. The route crossing eastern Ukraine was the flightpath chosen by many of the passenger jets making the journey between the big cities of Europe and South Asia. Show More Summary

The map that shows the real problem

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHY does Amtrak, America's government-subsidised passenger railroad, require so much taxpayer money to survive? Is it the $9.50 cheeseburgers? What about labour costs, or competition with cars and planes? Actually, Amtrak's problemsShow More Summary

Dreamy

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER visited the Farnborough Airshow earlier this week. Farnborough, which alternates each year with Paris, is Europe's big aviation shindig. Lots of schmoozing gets done: GE said it expected to seal $30 billion of orders for its engines; Airbus did $75 billion of business. Show More Summary

At least you get a seat

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS blog sometimes laments that air passengers get what they deserve. Or, more accurately, they get what they are prepared to pay for, which is usually as little as possible. It is the reason why Spirit Airlines, despite being far-and-away America's most complained about airline, is also its most profitable. Show More Summary

A drop over the ocean

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A survey by GuestLogix, a firm that designs payment systems, has found that alcohol is the biggest source of in-flight revenue for airlines in America. That is hardly a surprise: travellers have long had an appetite for boozing on planes. Show More Summary

Flying in a time of crisis

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ON FRIDAY, the armed wing of Hamas released a statement telling airlines and air travellers that it intended to fire rockets at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) near Tel Aviv. "We warn you against carrying out flights to Ben-Gurion...Show More Summary

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LONDON is likely to be the world's most-visited city this year, according to a forecast by Mastercard, a credit card company. It reckons that 18.7m foreign visitors will come to Britain's capital in 2014, not including those that use the city as brief stop-over on the way to somewhere else. Show More Summary

Ticket to nowhere

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHAT wouldn't you do to get into a fancy airport lounge? Travellers spend big bucks racking up the airline miles to earn access to these exclusive preserves, which often come with free food, drink and wireless internet. But now a German...Show More Summary

Bridging the Gulf

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN FEBRUARY, Kamal Ahmed, the transport minister of the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain, told Arabian Business that “no-one wants” the top job at Gulf Air, the country’s flag-carrier. It was a candid admission for a company that, long before...Show More Summary

Power to the people

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICA, worried about terrorists placing bombs inside laptops or cellular phones, is increasing screening of such devices—a move sure to add to airport delays and inconveniences for many business travellers. Jeh Johnson, the head America's...Show More Summary

Scenes from the front

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST week Gulliver was extolling the joy of staring at the view from a train window compared with the neck-ache of peeking through an aeroplane's tiny porthole. But the best vistas of all must be enjoyed by those at the very front of a plane. Show More Summary

Scot free

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MUCH is at stake in this September's referendum on Scottish independence. Business travellers are not exempt from its repercussions. As Buying Business Travel recently noted, the pro-independence white paper "Scotland's future", released...Show More Summary

Migrant worker class

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LOW-COST long-haul flying has been a notoriously difficult nut to crack ever since Laker Airways, a transatlantic British airline, introduced the concept in 1977. It went bust five years later. Numerous other carriers have since come and gone, but none has managed to combine bargain airfares with long-haul intercontinental flights and survive. Show More Summary

Steer clear of peer-to-peer

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE e-mail was clear enough. Last Monday, Belinda Borden, the director of travel services for the enormous University of California (UC) system, wrote to faculty members warning them not to use new "sharing businesses" such as taxi services...Show More Summary

Time to dismantle the perimeter

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT IS no mystery why travellers prefer Washington-Reagan National Airport (DCA) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). DCA is smaller, better-organised and far closer to downtown DC. A trip to or from Dulles can take an hour or more in traffic; National is on Washington's Metro, just a few stops from the centre of everything. Show More Summary

Exclusive Compagnie

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT'S back. Last week a new airline, La Compagnie, debuted with a familiar business model. Stop me if you've heard this one: the airline is going to only sell premium-class seats. Gulliver readers are no doubt familiar with the troubled history of all-business-class airlines, many of which folded with the onset of the Great Recession. Show More Summary

Time flies by

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GIVEN a choice of window to stare out of for seven hours, many people would choose a train's. There is something mesmerising about the way that towns and countryside whoosh past; the way that scenery is delivered to you while you sit...Show More Summary

Come back another day

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SKY NEWS has today named Wyndham Worldwide as the mysterious suitor behind a $10 billion bid for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world's biggest hotel firm. It broke the news last month that an approach had been made for IHG by an unnamed bidder. Show More Summary

The end?

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

"THE 747," Quartz recently proclaimed, "is going extinct." It was a bold stand; the day before it predicted the plane's demise, Korean Air ordered 10 new ones. The President of the United States is also a fan; a new fleet of presidential planes set to debut later this decade will likely be composed entirely of 747s. Show More Summary

A remote adventure

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A RECENT survey of business travellers’ priorities found that a good breakfast is more important to road warriors than decent WiFi. That may be so. Getting a hectic day of meetings off to a good start is vital, after all. But breakfasts have always been part of hotel fare. Show More Summary

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