Tag Archives: transportation

The Divided Airline Insurance Marketplace

Aviation insurance mktplace

When tragic airline losses filled our screens this past year, the airline insurance marketplace was braced for some heavy turbulence and an end to what’s been a long soft market. Many of us have been surprised by what’s transpired. Rates … Continue reading →

Scariest Risks of 2014

Scariest risks 2014

As risk advisors, WillisWire bloggers tend to think less of ghouls and goblins during the Halloween season than of the frightening real risks our clients face. This year they faced more than their share of new ones, with ISIS, Ukraine, … Continue reading →

The Future of Air Travel: Two Stories of Where and How

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Predicting the growth of commercial passenger air travel is a tale of two skies: one over the developing world, the other over the developed. Developing World: Strong Growth In the developing world, air travel is taking off , literally and … Continue reading →

New Eyes in the Skies – and New Risks to Manage

Odd, white, windowless airplanes. Small, spider-like camera carriers. The drones, of course, are here now, much debated as weapons of war and under development as a package delivery method by at least one of the world’s largest online retailers. Continue reading →

Future of North American Rail: Conflict and Harmony

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For external observers, the future of high-speed rail (HSR) in the United States may seem an issue of paramount importance. Circumstances have changed, however, and the major challenge in the US, and across many different territories, is how to manage … Continue reading →

Meeting Transportation’s Challenges Head-on to Avoid a Future Collision

Top 5 Countries' Spending on Inland Transportation Infrastructure investment and Maintenance, 2007-2011

Throughout human history, transport has been the backbone of global growth and innovation. From the 18th-century railways that enabled US expansion out West, to Felix Baumgartner’s jump from the stratosphere, transport has fed humanity’s passion for expanding its boundaries. Continue reading →

Are Cargo Insurance Policies Still Fit for Purpose?

As we celebrate the recent visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Lloyd’s to mark its 325th anniversary, it is also an opportunity to consider if the market is continuing to evolve and meet the needs of our clients in modern … Continue reading →

Rail: A Big New Risk Coming Down the Tracks

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Recent high-profile accidents, including the ghost train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and the less deadly but equally explosive derailment in North Dakota earlier this year, are raising safety and liability concerns for railroads and shippers. Continue reading →

Communicating Risk: “Safety Dance” Makes People Watch

Virgin America Safety Dance

We’ve all been there. The aisles of the plane are busy as you try to get to your seat while carrying your bag, your phone, your boarding card and all manner of other stuff. With so much going on, to … Continue reading →

North American Insurance Buyers Facing Improved Market Conditions

Marketplace Realities: 2014

Property insurance rates are coming down, and the upward rate pressure on many other lines of business is easing. This is the word from Willis North America’s Marketplace Realities, the longstanding semiannual publication predicting price movement and key trends for … Continue reading →