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Every 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.

For all of our trends roundups, go here.

>>Ryanair has made clear that it is not attacking OTAs as a whole but simply wants to see greater pricing transparency: Ryanair Still Has Unfinished Business With Online Booking Sites

>>One might be surprised to find Phoenix Sky Harbor at the top of any analyst’s airport ranking, but based on accessibility, amenities, and on-time performance, it appears to deliver the best package in the country: New U.S. Airport Rankings Find Phoenix the Best and New York the Worst

>>There’s a bit more clarity into how and when American and Delta are launching premium economy cabins next year, but the big question of how it’ll be marketed yet remains unanswered: Premium Economy Competition Heats Up — Skift Business Traveler

>>American’s 2017 elite program is about to launch, and to make it competitive, the airline is massaging the program with a few more published benefits: American Airlines Reveals New AAdvantage Perks, Acknowledges Existence of Secretive Elite Tier

>>You would think one route would not be a big deal, but both American and Delta wanted this one badly: American, Not Delta, Will Receive Last Available U.S.-China Route

>>The good news is that Internet speeds on American Airlines will improve markedly. The bad? This will take “years,” according to an airline spokesman: American Dumps Gogo Wi-Fi on 500 Planes for Speedy ViaSat Alternative

>>A race to the bottom on fares benefits no-one. Airlines need to remember that consumers look at other things apart from the final price: Video: Why Airlines Shouldn’t Confuse Price With Value