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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>>Six years ago, Air Baltic took a chance on an airplane that few carriers wanted. Now, that decision has proven to be the right call. But Air Baltic can’t remain independent forever, right? Air Baltic Looks to JetBlue Founder David Neeleman for Guidance
>>There was a lot to take in at Skift Global Forum this year. Now videos from the entire two-day event are available to see whatever you missed: Skift Global Forum 2018 On-Stage Videos Are Now Live
>>Travelers hoping for more free first-class upgrades should probably root for a recession. The economy is too strong for airlines to give away their best seats for free: Delta Air Lines Sees Premium Profit
>>Stephen Kavanagh is staying on for a couple more months and will then serve as a non-executive director, both of which imply an amicable decision. New CEO Sean Doyle inherits an airline in decent financial shape but one that has its fair share of competitive challenges: Aer Lingus Taps New CEO From Within Parent IAG
>>It’s been one of the dirty secrets of the airline business for decades, but the #MeToo movement is now exposing sexual harassment among cabin crew in Australia. Accusations from a leading union have forced the airlines to issue strong denials about systemic problems: Australian Airlines Accused of Ignoring Crew Sexual Harassment
>>Flyers want technology to improve their experience going through security checkpoints and when dealing with the nightmare of a travel disruption. Airlines need to do more to smooth over the pain points, and mobile technology can help them do it: Airline Passengers Welcome More Digital Solutions to Common Travel Problems
>>It’s a shame the airline business is so dependent on scale. If it wasn’t, we might have more airlines like Air Baltic. Despite being passenger-friendly and innovative, Air Baltic probably can’t survive long-term as an independent entity: Why Air Baltic Staked Its Future on a Next-Generation Jet