Contributors / Gabriel Leigh

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Flying start

A new electric flight school is inspiring a future of emission-free aviation. Monocle takes to the sky.

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Going the distance

With the world opening up, Finnair is poised to fly out of the gate with an ambitious refit of its long-haul fleet – in particular, a bold re-imagining of what Business Class can be.

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Air apparent

New runways, hotels and an increased geopolitical significance are shifting the perception and ambitions of the world’s largest island. We head north.

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Getting into gear

The motor-show format has stalled recently but a new approach could help the industry turn in an exciting direction. Here’s our steer from Munich’s IAA Mobility.

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Prized fighter

Agile and intuitive, Saab’s new Gripen E jet is set to bolster Sweden’s defence capabilities and – if the buyers meet strict criteria – its coffers too.

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Ship shape

It should be a moment to savour – a sea breeze, a glass of rosé in hand. But most ferry trips involve terrible coffee and belching fumes. Fear not, we have a plan to get holidays back on course.

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Taking flight

Almost 20 years since Concorde was grounded, a host of competitors claim to be on the verge of returning to a world of supersonic flight – and sustainability too. But many barriers remain. Fasten your seatbelts for a high…

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New horizon

In Sweden’s far north a revolution is under way that could transform how Europe lights its cities and powers its industries. We take a trip to Norrbotten, where the future is looking green.

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Cleared for takeoff

While many airlines panicked during the pandemic, others stood firm and respected passengers by sticking to schedules or even extending their networks. We flag up the carriers that are best placed to ride out the turbu…

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32. Radical departures: rethinking air travel

As the aviation industry struggles with the fallout of the pandemic, it should seize the moment to ground its worst impulses and make passengers fall back in love with flying.


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Moving forward

How will you get to work in the future? We consider the role that businesses will play and think about some of the potential travel opportunities and pitfalls – not to mention how long it’ll take.

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Centre stage

We meet the Norwegian prime minister, whose job is to keep her country on an even keel as it tackles extremism and an over-reliance on fossil fuels.

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Flights of fancy

All the latest innovations and ideas for improving your in-flight experience are on show at the Aircraft Interiors Expo. They’re not all good (some are downright terrible) but we hope a few of them will make it to market…

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Push the boat out

Despite the predictions of big sales and profits, Asia’s yacht market is spluttering. But market watchers still hope that the habit will take hold.

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Aiming high

AirBaltic, nosediving not so long ago, is now filling European skies with its lime-green livery – and it has its sights set on becoming an international jetsetter.

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Air fair

With Fastjet’s punctuality, customer service and destination choice revolutionising the aviation industry in Tanzania, its population’s travel options are finally on the up.

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Debate of the 51st state

Should they stay or should they go? Puerto Ricans dither about becoming fully part of the US or seeking independence. Meanwhile the economy wobbles. But finally there seems to be a way forward.

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Super Swedes

Stockholm used to be a conservative culinary destination, filled with fancy restaurants and overcomplicated cuisine. That was until locals in need of a more laidback atmosphere raised their voices (and cutlery) clamoring…

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Different class

Whether it’s airlines or artisan wines, when it comes to inspiring new ventures, staying true to an idea is key. We’ve searched hotels, restaurants, business hubs and remote islands to learn lessons from those achieving…

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Pacific fleet: Fiji Airways

The Fijian national carrier returns to its roots this year with a change of name that harks back to its pioneering days. But the airline’s fleet upgrade shows that its focus is also very much on the future.

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Travel Top 50 2012/2013

From an exceptionally helpful member of hotel staff to a great view from your room, every little thing counts towards making a pleasant travel experience truly great. We’re sticklers for detail and in this annual survey our…


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