This week in aviation, Icelandair is buying its rival Wow Air, while carriers around the world try to solve their food-waste problem.
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>>This looks like a marriage of convenience for the carriers. Both are struggling, as is the wider Icelandic tourism industry. We’ll have to wait and see whether one is better than two: Icelandair to Buy Rival Wow Air
>>Passengers sitting in the back of the airplane hate it when an airline runs out of food for sale. But airlines also hate waste, and they usually must throw out uneaten fresh food the same day. How do airlines decide how much food and drink to board? It’s a delicate dance: Airlines Hope Algorithms Can Finally Fix Their Drink Carts
>>Will data science change how airlines stock food and drink carts? It could happen, and EasyJet is leading the way: Why Airlines Rarely Know Exactly How Much Food and Drink They Need for Each Flight
>>Brexit might end up being pretty painful for the European aviation industry, especially those airlines with big operations into and out of the UK. Will Wizz Air be able to take advantage of this turbulence? We’ll have to wait and see: How Wizz Air Plans to Take Advantage of Brexit
>>Will Gogo make it as a stand-alone company? It still does not look promising. It’s odd because customers want in-flight Wi-Fi. But so far Gogo hasn’t figured out how to do it and make a profit: Wi-Fi Provider Gogo Is Hurt By American Airlines’ Tough Tactics
>>In a move that will surprise few, American Airlines followed United this week by increasing the cost of entry into the top tier of its loyalty program. Next year, earning Executive Platinum status on American Airlines will require 25 percent more spend on the airline: American Air Joins Peers in Making It Harder to Hit Top Loyalty Tier
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