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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>>U.S. airlines made executive changes and product upgrades last year to improve performance. But this data will only encourage the Big Three legacy carriers to redouble efforts with the Trump administration to curb foreign airline expansion and reopen Open Skies agreements: Foreign Airlines Gain Share in Flying U.S. Travelers on Trips Abroad

>>United Airlines finally launched the in-cabin portion of its Polaris experience, bringing lie-flat, aisle-access seats to all of its new widebody aircraft: United Launches Long-Haul Polaris Business Class Seats

>>Just as Norwegian Air has on trans-Atlantic routes, Air Asia X might disrupt established trans-Pacific players and push down fares: CEO Interview: Air Asia X’s Plan to Make Cheap Trans-Pacific Flights a Reality

>>Economy passengers can rejoice in the fact that meals are slowly returning to select coach flights: Free Airline Food Returns to Coach — Skift Business Traveler

>>Consumers aren’t going to like this product, but Basic Economy fares are a sign of the times: United and American Just Started Selling Super Restrictive Discount Fares

>>There’s no doubt people love low fares, and Norwegian Air will be using a cost-effective aircraft. But is there enough demand from smaller U.S. airports to sustain flights to Europe? Norwegian Air is Selling Trans-Atlantic Flights From Small U.S. Airports for $65 Each Way

 

Photo Credit: Norwegian Air will fly 10 new routes from smaller U.S. airports to Europe. Boeing