On Tuesday I wrote about Richard Quest’s new book about MH370, which is now available in bookstores or on Amazon.
While everyone knows Quest for his coverage of air crashes, I’ve always enjoyed his monthly travel show, CNN Business Traveller. It’s the only show about business travel which I happen to think is also interesting to those of us who are knowledgable on this stuff.
For example, in the last episode he covered the transformation of airport lounges, including visits to some of the world’s best lounges, including the Turkish Business Class Lounge Istanbul, Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt, and the brand new Swiss First Class Lounge Zurich.
However, for next month’s episode, Quest is doing something which makes him very brave. He’s going where no man has gone before.
I’ve made a New Year’s resolution of reviewing as many new first & business class products as possible, but he’s doing something completely next level which puts that to shame. Richard Quest will be flying around the world in economy on low cost carriers over just eight days. Per the press release:
Richard Quest, CNN’s aviation correspondent and anchor of Quest Means Business, is embarking on an 8 day round the world marathon using only low cost airlines. The journey will take in 10 airlines, 9 countries, 12 cities and 13 airports.
Quest, who was recently appointed CNNMoney’s Editor at Large, said: ”These airlines have democratised flying, and are now the backbone of short-haul travel in Europe, Asia and America. They’re used for business as well as leisure and are often the only way to get between certain towns and cities. But now they’re changing too, with more perks, benefits and the addition of new long-haul routes.”
Quest added: “We’re being very strict about it. The rules are that the trip has to start and end in the same place, we can only travel in one direction, and we can’t backtrack between continents. We’re only using low cost carriers and we’re not allowed to take premium class tickets – it’s economy all the way. There’s a serious point though. We want to show just how far you can go in low cost, and see which airlines are offering the best service for those on business and on a budget.”
He has also shared the routing, which will be as follows:
London – Brussels – Prague – Dubai – Sharjah – Colombo – Kuala Lumpur – Singapore – Sydney – Honolulu – Los Angeles – New York- London
The trip kicks off on March 12, and the episode will air on April 14, 2016. However, in the meantime you can follow along on social media, including through his Twitter handle and using the hashtag #FlywithQuest.
I can’t wait to follow along with this adventure. Richard Quest is a very frequent flyer who is used to flying business class, so I give him huge props for not only sampling a few low cost carriers, but actually flying around the world on them in quick succession.