weekly_trend_roundup.jpgEvery week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts we highlight the stories that tackle these trends. This one looks at top aviation trends.

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>>Fewer upgrades are on the horizon for the 1% First-Class Fares Drop While Free Upgrades Become Harder to Find

>>If you live in Florida, Silver Airways wants to be your go-to carrier for Cuba: How Tiny Silver Airways Plans to Win in Cuba and Beyond

>>In a world of increasing social and political polarization, airport cities become the new platforms for business discourse: The Airport City That Wants to Be the New Model for Meetings and Knowledge Sharing

>>Will this finally be the time United turns this around? United Airlines Highlights Failures While Promising That It Will Improve

>>Design firm Acumen did something no one thought possible: The Unexpected Micro-Revolution Behind United Airlines’ New Business Class Seat

>>Travel and tourism has been one of Europe’s economic strengths in recent years: Brexit Is Bad News for Europe’s Low-Cost Carriers

>>The city and convention of the future marry live and virtual engagement: Airport Cities Are Knowledge Sharing Machines — Meetings Innovation Report

>>When it comes to regulating frequent flier programs, the U.S. Department of Transportation has little authority: DOT Auditor: Government Should Scrutinize Frequent Flier Program Changes

>>Hawaiian Airlines is introducing new business class seats. But if you live in the mainland United States, you may not see a lot of them: Hawaiian Airlines’ Snazzy Flatbed Seats Reveal Its Big Ambitions

>>If you were planning on an upgrade on your next United flight, it may be best to just pack a snuggie: United Builds Its Case to Invest in Its Future — Skift Business Traveler

>>Other airlines are trying to segment their customers as much as possible: Southwest Airlines Isn’t Interested in Customer Segmentation Like Other U.S. Airlines