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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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Aeromexico Struggles as Most North American Airlines Report Hefty Profits: Aeromexico blamed its fourth quarter operating loss on one-off items. To a large extent that’s true. But the airline still has some looming problems, which is probably why it won’t grow at all this year.

It’s Time to Let Air France-KLM’s New CEO Take Charge: KLM CEO Pieter Elbers is one of the most respected airline managers in the world. But KLM is not an independent airline and ultimately he should be accountable to group CEO Ben Smith.

Travel Megatrends 2019: Low-Cost Carriers Lose Some Luster. Customers like low-cost airlines, but no carriers so far have perfected the model for long-haul flights. It’s not clear they ever will.

Former Silversea Owner Takes Control of Abercrombie & Kent: Mixing business with friendship can be a risky thing but it sounds like the prospective new owners of Abercrombie & Kent share the same views on luxury travel.

Why Southwest Needed to Deliver a Sweet Credit Card Promotion: Southwest lags behind some of its competitors in credit card revenue. But it is working on fixing that.

TUI Group Turns Toward Online Bookings as It Revamps Its Business: It turns out TUI isn’t immune to the challenges the rest of the European travel market is facing.

Oneworld Woos Airlines to Connect With Less Than Full Membership: There’s much to expect from Oneworld in its 20th year of service, but partners joining with Connect status may be the most interesting development to watch for.

Photo Credit: The coach class cabin in AeroMexico's new 787s. AeroMexico