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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>>We told you United would probably turn things around on finances when it hired revenue whiz Scott Kirby back in August 2016. And look what’s happening. Now, it’s time for the airline to improve its customer service, too: United Airlines Avoids Fuel Cost Hit to Earnings With Higher Ticket Prices

>>Changes to United’s MileagePlus program will make it harder for ultra-frequent flyers to stay loyal to the airline: United Makes Top-Tier Elite Status Harder to Earn

>>Deep down, American Airlines President Robert Isom is an operations guy. We’ve rarely seen someone get so excited while talking about what it takes to make sure an airplane departs on time. Why American Airlines Is So Obsessed With On-Time Departures

>>Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker may be posturing about leaving Oneworld, but he is indeed making alternative plans nonetheless: Qatar CEO Threatens the Airline Could Leave Oneworld ‘Soon’

>>Missed our last Skift Call? This podcast has you covered. Tune in to hear from our aviation experts about why low-cost airlines and long-haul travel are not the perfect mix for profitability: Skift Podcast: The Next Big Challenges for Low-Cost Airlines

Photo Credit: United reports earnings and shows why it can endure higher fuel prices. Skift