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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.

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>>Both Qantas and Virgin Australia should have Wi-Fi available on all domestic flights by the end of 2018. While travelers want to stay connected, they probably won’t pay for Wi-Fi, but might choose flights on the basis of internet coverage, especially on longer routes: Qantas and Virgin Australia Battle Over In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollouts

>>A first-time business class flyer might love the dog-and-pony show United Airlines promised with its Polaris service. But your average frequent flyer prefers a more consistent experience, even if it’s not as strong: United CEO Munoz’s Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

>>United Airlines overpromised with its Polaris business class. Instead of rethinking business class, it should have focused on providing a simple and consistent product: United Reboots Its Polaris Business Class With a Focus on Consistency

>>If fuel prices rise considerably, airfares will need to increase as well, so this would be bad for consumers. But investors might cheer: Airlines May Want Higher Fuel Prices Despite How Contrarian That Seems

Photo Credit: United Airlines flight landing at Newark Airport in 2016. United Airlines overpromised with its Polaris business class. Sean O'Neill / Skift