Skift Take

This week in aviation, we thought about customer desires. Flyers want low-cost options, comfortable cabins, and probably flight attendants who aren't getting sick from their uniforms.

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.

>>The low-cost, long-haul revolution is only just starting to take off. Will full-service carriers be able to adapt to this new reality or are we about to see a total realignment? The Low-Cost, Long-Haul Carrier Revolution In 3 Charts

>>Not every airline can be a global behemoth. Finnair mostly focuses on its niche — connecting Europe with Asia, including secondary Chinese cities: CEO Interview: How Finnair Plans to Crack the Potentially Lucrative Chinese Market

>>Economy class fares from Asia to the United States and Europe are already low, because there’s so much competition. The market probably doesn’t need another entrant — at least for now: AirAsia X CEO Takes to Twitter to Call Off Plans to Fly to Europe and California

>>The move for Virgin’s most loyal customers will be a hard one. But in return they get an airline that will take them so many more places: Business of Loyalty: How Virgin America Is Quietly Winding Down its Loyalty Program

>>Does the UK have the resources to set up an aviation safety framework on its own or will it seek to stay in the European Aviation Safety Agency? The former would be unwise and the latter is seemingly at odds with the desire of Leave campaigners: FAA Boss Outlines Brexit Safety Concerns for UK Aviation

>>Is this a game-changer? No. But let’s give Airbus some credit for making short-haul travel a little more pleasant: Airbus Is Making Some of Its Most Popular Jets More Passenger-Friendly

>>American has defended its uniforms, but it received a lot of bad press for months. It finally decided to try to change the narrative by switching uniform providers. That was probably the right decision: American Airlines to Drop Contentious Uniforms Within Three Years

>>Most passengers would love it if British Airways could keep flying a full schedule even while many of its flight attendants are on strike. But will regulators let British Airways wet-lease nine planes registered in Qatar? British Airways Seeks Planes and Crew From Qatar During Proposed Flight Attendant Strike

>>Although Gatwick is strategically important for Norwegian, its multiple subsidiaries’ model means that it should be largely immune, and might even benefit, if the pound continues to struggle: Norwegian Air CEO Is More Worried About UK Passenger Taxes Than Brexit


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Photo credit: A Norwegian Dreamliner. Low-cost carriers are gradually moving into the long-haul market. Norwegian Air

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