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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>>Other airlines are trying to segment their customers as much as possible: Southwest Airlines Says it Won’t Use New Technology to Upsell Passengers

>>Today, flight attendants work under two labor agreements, making the airline a model of inefficiency at times: United and its Flight Attendants Finally Close in on New Contract

>>The points’ match from JetBlue shows the extent to which the airline will go to compete with Virgin America, its soon-to-be-stronger adversary: JetBlue to Match Virgin America Flyers’ Points Balances

>>Does this mean a fare war with United is coming? Allegiant Air Will Expand Its Low-Cost Service to Newark, Trespassing on United’s Turf

>>This may well be the beginning of the end of the complaints: U.S. Airlines Set to Lose Major Battle Against Gulf Carriers in Open Skies Debate

>>Normally, a European airline flying five times a week to New York is no big deal. But this one is different: Air Serbia’s New Route to New York Reveals Minority Owner Etihad’s Major Ambitions

>>Deal seekers, rejoice. But don’t expect it to be comfortable: Iceland’s Low-Cost Carrier Wow Air Is Bringing Cheap Flights to New York

>>Some carriers are finally starting to realize the Internet of Things is here to stay: The Airport of the Future Is Coming, But It’s Still Not Here

>>Smart brands have figured out a way to keep publishing the right content for their readers: State of Travel Media 2016: The Strange Survival of the In-Flight Magazine