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Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:999
Posts / Week:5.2
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Plumbing new depths

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FOR anyone in any doubt about the scale of the task facing the team trying to recover the flight recorder from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, the Washington Post has published an excellent graphic. The Post gives some idea of the depths to which the crews will need to sink by scaling the distance to the sea-bed against some impressive examples. Show More Summary

Look to the east

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

CHINA could become the world's largest market for business travel as early as next year, according to a new report from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). The industry-group expects spending on business travel there to increase by 16.5% in 2014, more than twice as fast as GDP is forecast to grow. Show More Summary

Realignments

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MOST leisure travellers don't pay much attention to airline alliances. Business travellers are different; knowing which alliance a carrier belongs to can make our lives a lot easier, particularly when it comes to managing frequent-flyer accounts. Show More Summary

Love in the air

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LIFE is not a romantic comedy. Acting as if you are Lloyd Dobler or Amélie Poulain is usually a great way to end up disappointed—or the subject of a restraining order. But sometimes people who act as if they are the stars of their own films get away with it. Show More Summary

Huge hubs

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AIRPORTS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL has released its annual list of the world’s busiest airports. There are few surprises. The top six is unchanged: Atlanta flies the most passengers, and by a distance—some 94.4m flyers passed through in 2013. Show More Summary

Wobbling on its tracks

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THERE are two ways to think about the ongoing problems facing California's high-speed rail programme, the most ambitious in America. One is to argue that it is merely hitting bumps in the road; after all, no complex, billion-dollar project ever runs completely smoothly. Show More Summary

Easy come, easy go?

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

Easyjet, Britain’s biggest airline by passenger numbers, has signed deals with two London airports in the past few days. One, announced today, is with Luton, the airport at which it has its headquarters. The carrier has committed toShow More Summary

Opening UP

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHETHER you have flown with El Al or not, any mention of Israel's flag carrier will almost certainly evoke images of iron-fisted security in your mind. The airline protects its flight crew, most of whom are former Air Force pilots, behind...Show More Summary

The fabrication of time

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHEN is a flight late? It should be a simple question. But it isn’t as straightforward as it seems. The Guardian reports that Wizz Air flight W62206 from London Luton to Budapest has not left on time once since June 1st, 2013. That is 293 consecutive tardy take-offs. Show More Summary

Scared to be smart

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER has been talking to some of the big online travel agents (OTAs) of late, researching an upcoming piece on the state of the market. On many of the issues facing the industry, the main players seem to be in agreement, at least...Show More Summary

Access all areas

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

UKRAINE, it is safe to surmise, is not top of many tourists' must-visit destinations at the moment. But there are, in fact, a few travellers willing to pay handsomely to find out what is happening in the country. A company called Political Tours is signing people up for a nine-day trip to study the turmoil in the country. Show More Summary

Fragmented flag carriers

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BACK in 2012, The Economist reported that four flag carriers from the Balkans were considering a merger. The logic was sound. When the seven former Yugoslav states went their own way in the 1990s, each set up its own flag carrier as an affirmation of independence. Show More Summary

Enough is enough

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

"IF you’d like to have an in-person meeting with venture capitalist Brad Feld," the Harvard Business Review noted last month, "there’s only one place where you can do it: Boulder, Colorado." That's because Mr Feld, who lives and works in Boulder, recently made the much-covered decision to quit business travel entirely. Show More Summary

Room at the top

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THERE have been some recent signs that the recovery in the travel market may be here for the long-haul. This week, IATA, the trade body that represents most of the world’s big airlines, released a bullish forecast update for 2014. It thinks that its members are going to post a combined profit of $18.7 billion this year. Show More Summary

Wagon lit

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THOSE who take long-distance train trips, the journalist Nathaniel Rich wrote in the New York Times last year, fall into four categories: people who are afraid of flying, people who are obsessed with trains, people who can't afford to...Show More Summary

Air with a G-string

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHEN Matt Haimowitz (pictured), a concert-hall cellist, travels, he is accompanied by CBBG Haimowitz. That’s Cabin Baggage Haimowitz—Mr Haimowitz’s cello. “When I was a teenager, my strategy was to sneak my cello onto the plane, smile nicely at the flight attendants and hope that they’d put it in the overhead bin,” says Mr Haimowitz. Show More Summary

In the dark

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

NOTHING quite makes sense about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 that dropped out of contact with air-traffic controllers while flying on an even course in good weather on Saturday morning. But it seems certain that something terrible happened to the plane, which was bound from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Show More Summary

Time flies

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EUROSTAR, the firm that operates the trains that link London with Paris and Brussels, has announced record passenger numbers for last year. It carried over 10m people through the channel tunnel for the first time since it opened in 1994, with the market for business travellers particularly strong. Show More Summary

How to hijack a plane

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BRUCE SCHNEIER, a security guru, likes to say that, of all the saftey measures introduced after the September 11th terror attacks to protect aircraft, only two have mattered: the new willingness of passengers to fight back against hijackers, and the reinforcement of cockpit doors. Show More Summary

Failing the crash test

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN AN amazing piece of good fortune, just three of the 307 passengers and crew on Asiana flight 214 were killed when the Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco International Airport last July. But nearly 200 of the people aboard were injured, some critically. Show More Summary

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