I know that we aviation buffs can easily figure out if a flight is code-shared and who is actually operating it. However, for the masses who don't get into the minutia of airline operations, do you think code-sharing is sort of a bait-and-switch?
For example, say a pax chooses an Air France flight from ATL
to Paris because they have heard good things about AF
and they want to try an international carrier.
Then they show up at the airport and discover it's actually a Delta ship, Delta crew, etc. Isn't this false advertising of sorts?
This happened to me...I chose a KLM flight ATL
instead of Delta (and gave up the chance to rack up some miles) because I have always wanted to see what KLM's service was like & never had the opportunity before. Come to find out, it was a KLM jet but a Martinair crew. They were fine, but the whole point was that I had wanted to experience KLM, and nowhere on the booking information did it say it was operated by Martinair. It kind of made me mad in a way. Of course, it didn't ruin the trip, but somehow I think the codeshare thing can be very misleading.