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This week in aviation, make sure to check out our deep dive into the challenges women face trying to rise through the ranks of the airline industry. Also, United and Expedia continue their standoff.

Airline News Weekly Roundup

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.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

The Airline Industry’s Glass Ceiling Is Still Sky-High: A Skift Deep Dive: Aviation has terrible gender optics, and not just with pilots and engineers. The c-suite is nearly void of women for flimsy, unacceptable reasons. In this deep dive, women on the commercial side of aviation share how it feels to hit the glass ceiling in 2019, and occasionally break through.

United Airlines Argues It Can Block Expedia From Future Fares as Standoff Persists: Can these two giant global travel companies work out their differences? Surely consumers would prefer to keep searching for United fares on Expedia.

United Finds Way to Make Up for Weak Transatlantic Economy Sales: Now is the time to score deals for economy class travel between the United States and Europe. Come April, people will want to fly transatlantic again and prices will go up.

AirAsia to Open Fast-Food Restaurant Serving Its Inflight Food: Two things about AirAsia that its group CEO Tony Fernandes is most proud of are (gasp) the airline’s inflight food and (clap) that it hires a lot of female pilots. From the creator of the tagline, “Now everyone can fly,” soon everyone can eat “sambal” without flying.

Air France-KLM Moves to Simplify Airline Group: Ben Smith is talking the talk right now, but unlike his predecessors who disappointed: Will he be able to walk the walk?

The Politics Behind Air France-KLM’s Peace Deal: KLM CEO Pieter Elbers has done a fine job with his airline. It is a good thing he is staying put. But how will he work with group CEO Ben Smith? We’ll find out.

U.S. Airline Earnings Show Race Between Rising Costs and Higher Revenues: U.S. airlines are still struggling to recoup their higher fuel and labor costs. But as their fourth-quarter results showed, they’re making progress. How? With help from some strong revenue tailwinds.

Airfare Clearinghouse Promotes Routehappy Execs to Fit New Data Strategy: Fare-filing clearinghouse ATPCO has announced changes in its c-suite. So we checked in to see how it’s progressing on its modernization effort. The challenges are daunting.


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Photo credit: The gender gap in airline c-suites remains pronounced. Flybe

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