These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week.
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.
For all of our weekend roundups, go here.
>>Global Entry is the gateway drug. Now other countries are allowing you to skip through immigration faster than ever before: Love Global Entry? 6 More Options That Speed Travelers Through Customs
>>A new upgrade process coming to American Airlines next week will prioritize wealthy travelers over those on a budget: American Airlines Will Now Factor Annual Spend Into Upgrade Priority
>>EasyJet’s growth plans hinge on having the requisite number of pilots to fly its aircraft. It will have to offer enticing packages to recruit the right people in an era of shortages: EasyJet Wants to Hire 450 Pilots But Will Have a Challenge Recruiting Them
>>The list of new brands that wanted to disrupt private jet flying in recent years is long, but successes are few. Having someone at the helm who has solid experience in commercial aviation sets JetSuite apart from the competition: CEO Interview: JetSuite Wants to Bring a Private Jet-Style Experience to the Masses
>>Although the number of people actively reconsidering changing their plans is small at this stage, you’d expect it to increase if and when a ban comes into force: 4 Out of 5 UK Travelers Considering U.S. Travel Say a Laptop Ban Won’t Change Plans
>>A laptop ban is coming on European flights to the U.S. Travel managers, and travelers themselves, need to start preparing now for potential disruptions: The Laptop Ban Cometh? — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report
>>Delta argues recent changes to its frequent flyer program have helped improved loyalty, but not everyone is so sure. What they almost certainly have done, however, is improve profitability: Delta CFO: Loyalty ‘Took Off’ When the Airline Switched to a Revenue-Based Model
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Photo credit: A passenger in Virgin Atlantic's premium economy using a laptop. A ban on taking laptops onboard flights between Europe and the U.S. is in the works by U.S. officials. Virgin Atlantic