Why are many fliers so obsessed with elite status? And other links.

Happy Tuesday everyone. Here are some of the airline and aviation stories I've enjoyed in recent days, as well as a couple of links to stories I've written for Conde Nast Traveler. 

Why are passengers so obsessed with making elite status? Writing for the New Yorker, frequent United Airlines flier Gary Sernovitz makes up the term, "Global Services Maintenance Anxiety Disorder."

Is United about to place its second big Boeing 737 order in a couple of months? Jon Ostrower of the Wall Street Journal suggests the answer is yes. 

Airline flight attendants worry about breathing harmful air in flight. Mashable. 

Spirit Airlines has a new CEO. Will he soften the company's image? Cranky Flier. 

OneMileAtAtime had an amusing experience flying from Changsha, China to Los Angeles on Hainan Airlines. 

Why the Airline Boarding Process Is All Wrong. By me at CNTraveler.com. 

U.S. Airlines to Introduce Budget Fares to Compete with Frontier, Spirit. By me, also for Conde Nast Traveler. 

And finally, does anyone want to fly in a first class bunk bed?

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