Ben Smith United Confronts Hidden-City Ticketing and 11 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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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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United Airlines Confronts Ticketing Ploy That Nets Travelers Cheaper Fares: Airlines hate so-called hidden-city ticketing. They believe it flouts their fare rules and threatens how they do business. But are they being too aggressive as they try to thwart it?

Ryanair CEO Slams Boeing for Not Having Its (Expletive) Together on Max Issues: Ryanair’s CEO sounds like he is rapidly losing patience with Boeing over the Max delays. Airlines clearly want to start flying it as soon as possible but only when it is declared safe.

Air Canada Pays 737 Max Pilots to Not Fly as Grounding Drags On: Air Canada bet on the Boeing 737 Max to refresh its fleet and reduce its operating costs. But it has not worked out as planned.

Air France-KLM Hints at Further Fleet Changes After Sealing Union Deal: Under newish CEO Ben Smith, Air France-KLM has improved its relationship with its unions. This new agreement will make it much easier for its French unit in particular to compete with low-cost rivals.

British Airways Owner Rips Into Heathrow Airport Over ‘Outrageous’ Expansion Costs: It’s strange to see an airport and its biggest customer at loggerheads. IAG CEO Willie Walsh is rapidly losing his p

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