Blog Profile / Gulliver

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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

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Flying south at last

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BY THE end of 2015, Star Alliance customers will finally be able to fly between New Zealand and South America without leaving the network. Next December, Air New Zealand will launch an Auckland to Buenos Aires route. Until flights begin,...Show More Summary

The CIA's travel tips

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ON SUNDAY, Wikileaks released two documents that the group claims are secret Central Intelligence Agency manuals for officers travelling abroad. The first, titled "Surviving Secondary", is dated September 2011, and focusses on helping officers get through secondary screenings at airports with their covers intact. Show More Summary

Flights of fancy

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

STOP me if you've heard this one before: a small city begs a central government for money to upgrade its tiny, underused airport. If only the airport had nicer facilities, the city's politicians claim, more people would use it. The central government, bowing to political expediency and citing rosy traffic projections, gives in. Show More Summary

The new American

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT HAS BEEN a bit more than a year since American Airlines and US Airways officially merged. Integrating the two airlines will take another few years. But the merged entity—dubbed American Airlines—is already planning to spend significant sums on its planes and hubs. Show More Summary

The death of berths

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THINK Agatha Christie and the Orient Express. Or James Bond returning from Russia with love (and Tatiana Romanova). Or perhaps Tony Curtis in drag, wooing an unsuspecting Marilyn Monroe. Sleeper trains occupy a romantic corner of travellers’ souls. Show More Summary

Heathrow in a holding pattern

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FLYERS using London Heathrow had another miserable time this weekend. A computer problem at the air-traffic control centre at Swanwick, which oversees flights above much of England and Wales, meant that airspace over the capital was closed for 36 minutes on Friday. Show More Summary

Bombs away

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE next generation of Amtrak's high-speed (or what passes for high-speed in America) Acela trains will have a different manufacturer than the existing rolling stock. Last week, Bombardier, the Canadian company that teamed with France's Alstom SA to produce the first-generation Acelas, bowed out of the competition for the new 28-train contract. Show More Summary

Good riddance

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST WEEK, Raymond James, a financial services firm, downgraded the stock of Spirit Airlines, an ultra-low-cost American flyer, because of increased competition from Southwest Airlines, America's dominant low-cost airline and largest domestic carrier. Show More Summary

It’s a London thing

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE decision by George Osborne, Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, to scrap air passenger duty (APD) on children is unlikely to appease many of his pro-aviation critics. Penalising families had been one of the main complaints levied against the tax, which on some routes has increased nearly tenfold since its introduction 20 years ago. Show More Summary

Lactose intolerance

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A GROUP of mothers staged a “nurse-in” outside Claridge's, a posh London hotel, today. The demonstrators took to breast-feeding their children outside the establishment in protest against its treatment of a young mother earlier this week. Show More Summary


10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

HEATHER CHO, a vice president of Korean Air, and daughter of the airline’s chief executive, is being investigated after an incident on a plane about to take off from JFK heading to Seoul. Bloomberg reports that Ms Cho “ordered a plane...Show More Summary

Is that it?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MANY of you will have been asked by foreign friends, on a visit to your country, to recommend some tourist attractions worth visiting. In Britain, the inventories visitors draw up understandably tend to contain many of the same places; for someone not familiar with the country there only a handful of sites that nearly everyone will have heard of. Show More Summary

Modern flying: a triumph in socialism

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IS A commercial jumbo jet a more or a less equal place to be than America? An odd question, perhaps, but bear with me. Air passengers can watch the gap between the haves and have-nots widening, as the space contracts between the knees and chin of those in economy class, seemingly by the day. Show More Summary

On the road

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER has never ridden a Greyhound bus across America, but he wishes he had. From an early age I fell in love with those gritty American writers, from John Fante to James Ellroy, whose lonesome characters are always hopping onto buses,...Show More Summary

Common sense comes to India

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

RED TAPE is the bane of frequent business travellers. Many places in the world require arduous and expensive visa applications for even the most routine travel. I have two passports just so I can juggle concurrent applications when necessary. Show More Summary

Much atwitter about nothing

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MALAYSIA AIRLINES, which has lost two aeroplanes in tragic circumstances during the past year, announced a $170m third-quarter loss on Friday. But the airline's continuing struggles—which have forced Malaysia's government and sovereign...Show More Summary

Enter Amazon

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMAZON, it seems, is about to enter the online travel business. Skift reports that the internet retailer is striking deals with hotels around New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, with a view to listing them on the site from January 1st. Show More Summary

A $1,171 Wi-Fi bill

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EARLIER this month, Jeremy Gutsche spent $28.99 for a 30 megabyte internet access plan for a Singapore Airlines flight. During the flight, he wrote later on his website, he viewed just 155 pages, and uploaded one 4 MB PowerPoint. Yet when he got off the plane, he discovered he had gone over his limit—way over. Show More Summary

Meetings in Mogadishu

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AROUND the world certain cities have sadly become synonymous with war, brutality and lawlessness. For the business traveller, particularly the Western business traveller, Baghdad surely ranks among the most feared of assignments. Tripoli looks to be going that way soon. Show More Summary

The worst American airports for winter flying

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WINTER weather wreaks all sorts of havoc on business travellers. But perhaps the worst consequence of snowshowers, hailstorms and outright blizzards are the flight delays. The best way to avoid these is to steer clear of airports that are especially prone to winter problems. Show More Summary

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