India's airlines are a mess. And other aviation links.

Does any airline get as much as bad press as Air India? Photo: Adrian Pingstone.

Does any airline get as much as bad press as Air India? Photo: Adrian Pingstone.

Good morning, everyone. Have you noticed it's been a busy week for aviation news?

Here is some of what I have been following. 

India's airlines are a mess. Bloomberg.  Related Daily Beast story: Air India grounds 125 flight attendants for being fat. Also amusing: "Air India grounds two pilots after captain 'beaten up' in cockpit," from The Guardian. 

The New York Times asks how new United Airlines Oscar Munoz can turn around the company. One big issues? Melding the cultures of Continental and United. 

Delta and American canceled their interline agreement. But why did these agreements ever need to exist? Dan Reed explains at Forbes. 

Frontier is shrinking in Denver, but United and Southwest have picked up the slack, the Denver Post reports. 

For SAS, flying a 737 between two big oil cities - Houston and Stavanger, Norway - seemed like a great idea when the oil economy boomed. Not any more. The route is gone, the Copenhagen Post says.

Is it necessary to have manned air traffic control towers at small and medium sized airports? Maybe not, the Associated Press reports.  One airport in northern Sweden already sacked its controllers.  Instead, planes there are "...watched by cameras [and] guided in by controllers viewing the video at another airport 90 miles away," AP's Scott Mayerowitz says.

Did you know American's new operations center was built to withstand 185 mph winds? The Dallas Morning News shares some fun facts about the new center, where 1,600 employees work.

Lots of airlines fly routes because they're "suggested" by politicians. So why did United CEO Jeff Smisek loss his job after doing so, asks Ted Reed of The Street. 

Fliers in Detroit are upset about high fares. That's what happens at a fortress hub dominated by Delta, the Detroit News reports. 

Road traffic at Los Angeles International Airport is about to get a lot worse. Why? Road repairs, the Los Angeles Times reports.