Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1228
Posts / Week:4.7
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

The silence of the fans

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

VISITORS to the Paris air show deserve a spectacle. The slog on crowded commuter trains from the centre of Paris to Le Bourget, once the French capital’s main airport, is just the start. It takes another leg on over-filled and slow shuttle buses or a 25 minute walk from the station before arriving at the show. Show More Summary

Newark state of mind

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SOME firms go where the in-crowd goes. Others prefer places where the competition isn't. In this spirit, United Airlines has decided to scrap its small presence at JFK, New York's main airport. It will instead concentrate its resources at Newark, a smaller airport in New Jersey, at which it has a hub. Show More Summary

Approach with caution

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER is currently reading “Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot” by Mark Vanhoenacker. It’s a lovely memoir of a 747 pilot, half poetic meander through the joys of flying and half discussion of the technicalities of captaining a jumbo. Show More Summary

Shrinking allowance

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

HOPEFULLY no one reading this blog has recently splashed out on a fancy new bag to use as hand luggage on a plane. If so, it might be wise to get the tape measure out. IATA, an association of the world’s big airlines, has recommended standardising the size of carry-ons. Show More Summary

Nobody goes there any more, it's too crowded

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THAT Barcelona is one of the great cities on Earth is something on which most people can agree. The architecture, the fiestas, the food—it is a city with vibrancy and soul. But, as a piece by Bloomberg nicely describes, it is on the horns of a tourism dilemma. Show More Summary

Rename and shame

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

RYANAIR, as the airline has not tired of shouting for the past 18 months, is now trying to be nice. Sometimes even to its own passengers. In a radical change of strategy it recently decided the future no longer lay in moving flyers to...Show More Summary

No turning back the tide

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHEN it comes to internet booking, many airlines do not see their interests as being aligned with those of travel agents. Airlines would much rather customers book flights directly through their own websites. For a start, it saves them paying a commission to an agent. Show More Summary

Stay out of my sight

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THERE has been a lot of fuss about a recent Daily Mail article, in which British holiday-makers moaned that their stay on the Greek island of Kos, just a couple of miles off the shores of Turkey, had been blighted by the sight of refugees who had taken shelter there. Show More Summary

Chancing their arms

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A TERRORIST only needs to be lucky once, goes the adage. Their targets need to be lucky every time. That is only partly true. The most serious terrorist plots are meticulous operations. They often involve years of planning. And withShow More Summary

Slash and return

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EVERY nation, it seems, wants its own flag-carrier, but not every nation should have one. Whether Malaysia falls into this category will become clearer in the next few years. The country's national carrier, Malaysia Airlines, which is bankrolled by a sovereign wealth fund, is now “technically” bankrupt, says Christoph Mueller, its new boss. Show More Summary

One can of worms, please. Unopened

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER was surprised to discover last night that, on what was by no means a slow news day, CNN.com deemed this story to be worthy of the lead slot on its international edition. The article suggests that Tahera Ahmad (pictured), a 31-year-old...Show More Summary

Dog-eared pages of history

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THERE is a window of time between shoehorning oneself into seat 237C and the precise moment the wheels leave the ground. The first minutes of climbing, with seat angle just so and general quietude prevailing, are peak sleep-time for Gulliver. Show More Summary

Psychologists required

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN THE aftermath of the deliberate crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525, pilots cautioned against a knee-jerk reaction to the tragedy by airlines and safety regulators. With hindsight, perhaps, alarm bells should have been ringing about Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old first officer who flew his plane into the French Alps, killing 150. Show More Summary

The cost of being nice

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

RYANAIR'S recent attempts not to “unnecessarily piss people off”, as Michael O’Leary, the airline’s boss, famously described its new business strategy, include a reworking of the irritating bugle-heavy fanfare that announced a flight’s arrival on time. Show More Summary

Singing like a bird

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT IS one thing to possess the ability to interfere with the avionic systems onboard an aircraft. It is quite another to announce to the world the intention of practicing such capabilities. But it takes a galactic level of stupidity,...Show More Summary

Torporville

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT IS one of those intractable problems. Cities strive to become nicer places in which to live. Yet the more they succeed the less interesting they become. This thought struck Gulliver on a recent trip to New York. Twenty years ago Manhattan felt full of adventure. Show More Summary

Smegma Air

12 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN HIS travel book “Notes from a Small Island”, Bill Bryson, an American writer, describes his first brush with English hospitality. Arriving in Dover from Calais in 1973, he envisioned a hearty welcome at a small hotel on the beachfront. Show More Summary

A tragedy compounded

12 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SORRY can be hard word for corporations to say. Thomas Cook, a British tour operator, has found itself at the centre of intense criticism this week, after it initially refused to apologise for the deaths of two young children a decade ago, whose family had booked a holiday through the firm. Show More Summary

You kill it, you carry it

12 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EXAMPLES of multinational companies forgoing business on purely ethical grounds are rare. Despite fine words, corporations are by nature profit-maximisers. Their remit is to make money without stepping over the law; separating right from wrong, they often argue, is the job of governments and regulators. Show More Summary

Net rescue

12 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

CHOOSING which flight to book is generally a compromise between two things. The first is convenience: is the flight to or from a handy airport, at an agreeable time of day, and as direct as possible? The second is price. Airline search websites usually display results in an order that combines these elements in some way. Show More Summary

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