Early Air From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 611 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 657 times:
My question here today is about the regional airlines operated by most major airlines (United Express, American Eagle ect.) Why do these major airlines use other carriers to operate these flights. Wouldnt they make more money just buying the aircraft themselves and flying them themselves. These other airlines dont even sell tickets for these flights, they just send you over to the major airline for reservations. I do not see the need for a 3rd party for these regional airlines. Whats the point? Whats your opinion on a 3rd party for a regional airline?
Jfwjxn From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 650 times:
American Eagle flights out of SJU are operated by: Executive Airlines, and American Connection is operated by other carriers, US Airways Express is operated by other carriers, and some wholly owned ones, and NW Airlink/NW Jet Airlink is operated by other carriers. Actually the company that owns Mesaba is...: Air Tran Holdings!
Lowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 637 times:
Jfwjxn: Mesaba is a public company. It trades under MAIR.
Early Air: It's mostly for the different pay scale. Pay scales in general are lower at the express carriers than at the majors. A CSA at USX makes less than one at US. If it was all one carrier, the unions wouldn't allow it.
That's why the unions are getting their panties in a bundle over the RJ. Airlines like CO use it because employee costs are down. You can now fly RIC-IAH-PSP entirely in an RJ. That's why there are plenty of issues over scope in contracts with pilots.