Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation.

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>>A strange bug in the upgrade process at American Airlines had been preventing passengers from getting early upgrades. The airline finally fixed the glitch last week: American Airlines Fixes a Bug in Its System That Was Preventing Upgrades

>>Piece by piece, private equity firm Warburg Pincus is building Mercator into a rival to Sabre and Amadeus — two travel technology providers that provide overlapping software and operational services to commercial airlines: Airline Services Leaders Accelya and Mercator Announce Merger

>>Spirit Airlines had to reduce its guidance for 2017 following storm-related cancellations in early 2017. This represents a blip on the radar for Spirit, but questions remain about how Spirit will cope as legacy carriers introduce lower fares to compete: Spirit Airlines Feels the Heat From Other Carriers’ Low Fares

>>An icon of the skies draws closer to retirement: Why It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Boeing’s Iconic 747

>>Lufthansa Group has been more insulated from low-cost competition than most of Europe’s legacy airlines. That’s quickly changing: Eurowings Plans to Focus on Its Home Turf Before It Expands Its Long-Haul Operation

>>In January there was a changing of the guard at Sabre. New CEO Sean Menke thinks his background as a former airline CEO gives him insight into what airlines want: Sabre’s New CEO Wants to Instill an Accountability Culture

>>For years, the TSA has been running a program covertly tracking passengers while at the airport and judging them against subjective criteria for signs of terrorist intent. The program has led to racial and religious profiling, which the TSA has tried to hide from the public record: Internal Documents Show Undercover TSA Officers Routinely Spy on Flyers

>>Trump’s own comments as reported in the meeting lay bare how little he truly knows about the complex landscape of aviation: Airline CEOs Are Optimistic Following Talk With President Trump

 

Photo Credit: Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, appearing at the White House following a meeting with President Donald J. Trump alongside other aviation leaders. Fox Business News