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Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:932
Posts / Week:5.3
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

A sooty cover-up

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A STORY in this week's Technology Quarterly explains how a novel coating made of nanotubes offers a faster and more convenient alternative to chemicals for de-icing planes. The method devised by Dawid Janas, a Polish scientist, involves covering aircraft wings with a form of soot, which can then be heated to stop ice forming in the first place.

Flight freedom

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ON MONDAY representatives from the Singaporean and Jamaican governments met in London to sign a cabotage agreement—often referred to as an open-skies deal. These deals, which are perhaps best understood as the aviation equivalent of free-trade pacts, lower barriers to airlines operating in countries other than the ones in which they are based. Show More Summary

Language training

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IF you've ever got off the train after a long session of Candy Crush and wondered whether you should perhaps have made more use of your commute, take inspiration from France. Commuters travelling into Paris on certain high-speed routes from Champagne-Ardennes, a region to the east, are able to spend their journeys in English classes. Show More Summary

Applying a brake to high-speed plans

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ON Monday a Californian judge dealt a heavy blow to the state's ambitious multi-decade, $68-billion, high-speed rail project. Michael Kenny ruled that California's plans to sell $8 billion in bonds did not comply with the terms of Proposition 1A, the ballot initiative that authorised state borrowing to fund the rail line. Show More Summary

The search for speedy boarding

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BACK in 2008 an astrophysicist named Jason Steffen published his plan for improving the speed at which people board aeroplanes. It's a relatively complicated proposal: passengers board in alternate rows, from the back, with all those in window seats taking their places before their neighbours in middle and then aisle seats. Show More Summary

Thinking big by buying small

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AT THIS week’s Dubai Air Show, sales of $150 billion of aircraft to the big three Gulf carriers (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways) overshadowed a more intriguing development. Standing by its well-established reputation for snapping...Show More Summary

A very big bet

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AN article in this week's Economist looks at the prospects for Airbus's giant A380. Emirates seems keen on the plane and has put in half of all orders so far. But enthusiasm from the rest of the world's aviation market has been more muted. Show More Summary

Sixty years a hotelier

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BILL MARRIOTT may know more about the hotel industry than anyone on the planet. He has spent almost six decades working for the family group, now known as Marriott International, and still radiates enthusiasm for what he calls "the most fascinating business in the world". Show More Summary

Around the world in cheaper ways

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

OUR correspondents discuss how some travelers are taking advantage of 'fuel dumping', a quirk in airline-booking systems, to fly more cheaply

Innovations in the flying world

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

TWO RECENT innovations—one on the service side, and another on the technology/infrastructure side—show just how much better air travel could be. The first innovation, championed in a New York Times column last week by Joe Sharkey, the paper's veteran business-travel columnist, is the airport coat check. Show More Summary

The blind leading the sighted

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

US AIRWAYS cancelled a flight last Wednesday after passengers protested about the removal of a blind man and his guide dog from the plane. The flight, from Philadelphia to MacArthur Airport in Islip, on Long Island, was originally delayed for over an hour. Show More Summary

SPOT of bother

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICA'S Government Accountability Office (GAO) is none too impressed by the behaviour-based screening methods being used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to help keep the country's airports safe. In a report released...Show More Summary

Flying too heavy

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

STATE regulators in Arizona have caught several airlines using bad luggage scales at airports in Phoenix and Tucson. Since the vast majority of carriers charge passengers for bags that are over the weight limit, errors in the airlines' favour can make a big difference to cash-strapped travellers. Show More Summary

A Maglev for America

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICA does not have any genuine high-speed rail services. But that has not discouraged an intrepid group that wants to build support for a superconducting maglev train between Washington and New York. The Northeast Maglev (TNEM), the...Show More Summary

China's Jin palaces

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE team behind the World Travel Market, which filled up two vast exhibition halls in east London in the past few days, have been loudly claiming that their event is bigger than London Fashion Week. It might not have the clout to make the front pages of the newspapers, but this four-day shindig apparently generates £160m for London’s economy. Show More Summary

Crist returns to the high-speed fray

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ON MONDAY Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor of Florida, formally announced that he would be running—as a Democrat—to win his old seat back. Mr Crist's decision to jump into the race against Rick Scott, the unpopular Republican incumbent, had been expected for months. Show More Summary

What price loyalty?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST week United Airlines announced significant changes to its loyalty programme, MileagePlus. From February 2014 many passengers, particularly those travelling to and from Europe in business- or first-class cabins, will need to use dramatically more miles to get their award tickets. Show More Summary

Say goodbye to the world's longest flight

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IF you're the kind of business traveller who loves flights—especially super-long ones—I have some bad news: Singapore Airlines' flights 21 and 22, the longest commercial services in the world, are scheduled for cancellation. The twoShow More Summary

Could do better

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

VIRGIN AMERICA'S new flight-safety video is attracting lots of attention and lots of Youtube views. Have a look: Much of the coverage has suggested that viewers genuflect before the greatest, sassiest, etc, safety video ever. But I'm not too sure about it. Show More Summary

The FAA sees sense

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FLYERS of America, rejoice. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made the hugely sensible decision to allow passengers to operate their electronic gadgets during all phases of a flight. Previously they could only be operated—on safety grounds—above 10,000 feet. Show More Summary

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