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 got a little fat and happy when fuel prices were at historically low levels. Passengers loved it too, because prices on competitive routes came down. But that’s ending now, and travelers should get used to the new normal: U.S. Airlines Hope to Charge Passengers More as Fuel Prices Climb
>>Airline passengers never know how good they have it until it’s too late. Airfares are going up, and passengers are going to remember 2016-17 as the glory years for fare bargains. Of course, at the time, they didn’t think so: Are the Good Times Ending for Cheap Flights?
>>Travelers can leverage effective strategies to limit jet lag. There’s only one problem. Most people lack the willpower to follow advice from the scientific community. That hasn’t stopped Qantas, which hired a specialist to help: Qantas Hired This Professor to Help Flyers Beat Jet Lag
>>It always seemed unlikely Aimia would accept this offer for the Aeroplan program. But this is bad news for Air Canada frequent flyers who have spent decades building their frequent flyer accounts. If nothing changes, they won’t be able to use their miles as they expected in less than two years: Aimia Refuses to Sell Aeroplan Frequent Flyer Program Back to Air Canada
>>Until last week, Air Canada’s loyalty program members were on track to see Aeroplan split from the airline in 2020. Now, the program and miles are in jeopardy: Air Canada Plans a Hostile Takeover of the Aeroplan Loyalty Program
>>Another steady update from Lufthansa. If and when further consolidation happens in Europe, we can expect the airline group to play a key role: Lufthansa Still Has Its Eye on Alitalia
>>Employee unrest at Air France took its toll. The airline group really needs to appoint a new CEO soon so it can get back on track: Air France-KLM Struggles as Strikes Hit Profit
>>Norwegian is likely paying a lot more to a rent a gently-used Airbus A380 than it did for Wamos Air Boeing 747. But passengers hated the antiquated 747, and Norwegian took some criticism for flying it from New York to London. This is probably a better approach: Norwegian Air to Rent a Superjumbo as It Sorts Out Rolls-Royce Engine Issues
>>IAG is still willing to play the long game with Norwegian. If the price of fuel keeps rising, you’d imagine that the acquisition price would come down: British Airways Owner Still Thinking Over Norwegian Deal