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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.

>>You might find the customer experience to be the most interesting aspect of an airline. But real aviation nerds obsess over airline schedules — where an airline flies, when, and with what plane: American Airlines Is Not Prioritizing Launching Very Long Flights

>>Any research into cutting down the congestion and confusion at the boarding gate is welcome in our books: United Tries to Solve the Boarding Crush

>>For years, airline passengers have hated Gogo’s air-to-ground, or ATG, service. But change is coming, and travelers soon may not need to curse when they learn they’re on an air-to-ground-equipped airplane: Gogo Wants U.S. Airlines to Know Satellite Wi-Fi Isn’t the Only Answer

>>American is content to let United fly all the ultra-long-haul routes it wants. American is more focused on shorter stage lengths: How American Airlines Chooses Which Routes to Fly

>>Handing over more U.S. airport terminals to private operators is probably not a panacea. But surely private industry can do at least as well as governments in operating an airport terminal: JFK’s Terminal 4 Owner Wants to Invest in More U.S. Airports

>>Norwegian’s critics say it is overstretched and unprofitable. So how does the airline counter this? By ramping up its expansion, of course: Norwegian Air Plans to Move On From a Terrible 2017 With Fleet Expansion

Photo Credit: Norwegian Air's critics say it is overstretched and unprofitable. Norwegian Air