Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23226 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1738 times:
Well, UA outsources to Air Wisconsin, ACA (soon to end), Skywest, Shuttle America, Mesa, Chautaugua, and Transstates. This is the largest collection of any U.S. airline.
US outsources to Mesa, Air Midwest (owned by Mesa), Chautauqua, Colgan, Shuttle America (soon to end), and Transstates. This is the second largest collection of any U.S. airline. (It's worth noting that US also uses wholly owned subsidiaries PSA and Piedmont as well as pseudo-espress wholly owned carrier MidAmerica). This is quite a collection of outsourced carriers also.
The two majors in the worst financial shape have the longest list of express carriers by a long shot. Is there a causal link? I'm not sure, but it is interesting to note this pattern.
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
Airways6max From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1600 times:
I suggest a third option. That the majors get out of the business of flying commuter planes altogether. Many of those regional routes are low-yield and would be better served by carriers completely independent of the majors. For example, AA could probably solve many of its financial problems at a stroke if it simply sold off American Eagle. More regionals should follow the example of ASA and declare their Independence.