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This week in aviation, American Airlines plans to use a new batch of Dreamliners to expand its routes, Delta and other U.S. airlines jostle for spots in Tokyo's very profitable Haneda airport, and Star Alliance may bulk up its loyalty program with non-airline perks.

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.

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American Airlines Is Considering Flying to Africa and India With New Dreamliners: Since its merger with US Airways, American has taken a cautious approach with new routes. It has expanded to major Asian and South Pacific markets out of necessity but otherwise hasn’t taken too many chances. It is nice to see the airline considering adding India and Africa.

U.S. Airlines Battle Over Access to Tokyo’s Preferred Airport: Delta Air Lines wants U.S. regulators to award it a disproportionate number of slots at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, a preferred airport among business travelers. Other airlines disagree, but Delta probably does deserve better access, as it is the only one of the big three U.S. carriers without a Japanese partner.

Star Alliance Explores a Broader Loyalty Proposition Beyond Airlines: Those sitting on Star Alliance miles, even if it ain’t millions, should be glad to know that one day they might be able to redeem them for an Airbnb stay, a tour, or dining experience. But don’t wait to burn, as this could take a while, if at all.

American and Delta Settle Claims Over Long Tarmac Delays: The Department of Transportation means well with its tarmac delay program. And it has been helpful for customers, who need not fear being trapped on planes for hours. These fines on the airlines are nothing, but the publicity is a reminder to try to do better.

AirAsia Emerging as an Unlikely Online Travel Agency Competitor: Tony Fernandes’ vision for AirAsia’s digital platforms is taking shape. He wants his airline to be your true travel companion. Watch out OTAs.


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Photo credit: American Airlines Boeing 787. The airline will expand service to Africa and India once its second batch of the Dreamliners arrives in 2020. Steve Lynes / Flick

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