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American STL Operations Isolated?

Thu May 01, 2003 5:38 am

I remember reading a while back that, in order to isolate ex-TW crews, AA kept the STL operation totally ex-TW employees. Is that still true? Was it ever true?

I ask this question because I've flown through STL to/from school, with another trip home coming in a week. Each time I've flown through, even on mainline metal (and ex-TW aircraft), the flight has always been "American Connection operated by American Airlines" with a flight number above 2500.
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RE: American STL Operations Isolated?

Thu May 01, 2003 11:04 am

It was true, and still is true to some extent, but is being phased out. All ex-TWA fa's are being furloughed. American FA crews are beginning to work ex-TWA trips.

The reason the AX code is being used on mainline flights into and out of STL has something to do with the AX operation the the contract carriers' flights in Sabre... for some reason, those commuter flights can't be listed with an AA code in Sabre, and it's easier for the entire itinerary to be booked with an AX code instead of an AA and an AX code (it was explained to me but I can't recall the technical aspects of the explanation).
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RE: American STL Operations Isolated?

Thu May 01, 2003 11:19 am

Thanks TWFirst. The Sabre explanation makes sense.
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RE: American STL Operations Isolated?

Thu May 01, 2003 4:21 pm

(it was explained to me but I can't recall the technical aspects of the explanation).
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This is a reverse codeshare. American's union scope clause puts a limit on how many regional jets can be operated under American's code. There is also some sort of limit (don't remember this one) on American's right to codeshare with companies other than the owned subsidiary American Eagle.

The trick to get arround that is to operate all of American's flights out of the STL hub, whether they be mainline or regional, with the REGIONAL airline's code. First you have the independent regionals flying out of STL for American slap the AX code on all their flights. Than you slap the same code on all of American's flights out of STL. There is no limit on how many regional or non-Eagle regional jets may be operated on a regional's own code. Only an alert customer notices the difference between American and American Connection in the reservation system, so the goal of a codeshare is achieved.

This is a dirty trick of sorts. It is an open and obvious way to flout the scope clause while technically obeying the contract. Havn't heard of what the pilot's union has to say about this. Surely they are not pleased.

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