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Regional Carriers

Mon Jul 19, 2004 10:16 am

Which is more cost effective and conveniant for airlines?

1. To follow the AMR example and fully own the regional carrier (American Eagle)

2. To follow the example of most other US airlines and use airlines like ASA and Mesa.
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RE: Regional Carriers

Mon Jul 19, 2004 10:20 am

ASA??? They are completely part of Delta. They are not outsourced.
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RE: Regional Carriers

Mon Jul 19, 2004 12:18 pm

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.
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RE: Regional Carriers

Mon Jul 19, 2004 12:51 pm

Just to add to the link that Cubsrule made, CO and NW who are in the best shape have 1 and 2 respectively. Then again American just has American Eagle and they aren't so hot so I guess we won't know.
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RE: Regional Carriers

Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:06 pm

The wholly own are the most effective, because you don't have to pay a certain fee every time a plane goes up, whereas you do if lets say Mesa is flying.

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RE: Regional Carriers

Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:58 pm

Is expressjet wholly owned by CO or is that an outsource?
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RE: Regional Carriers

Tue Jul 20, 2004 4:03 am

I believe they created it as its own company but they retain a controlling interest. I'm not entirely sure, though.
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RE: Regional Carriers

Tue Jul 20, 2004 4:43 am

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.

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