Not before CO took an interest I don't think...plus what does CO do with an ALB "hub"?
doesn't do anything with an ALB
Commutair is a franchise carrier for Continental, as is Gulfstream and, I believe, Skywest. Commutair pays Continental a fee for being able to use the Continental name and reservation system, but Commutair pays the employees, hires the staff, picks the routes, schedules the aircraft, and collects the revenue from the flights.
Commutair benefits from CO
's extensive global network. CO
benefits by getting a feeder network. Regardless of what the routes are, it is a feeder network and brings new passengers to CO
and allows CO
to serve smaller markets, like Naples, San Angelo, Andros Island, and Utica, that they would otherwise not have a presence in.
As for CO
's monetary investment into Commutair itself (and they have also invested in Gulfstream Air), well, that is an investment. It invests to put money into a feeder airline to keep their fleet up to standards and that pays you royalities to use their name and image, which you want to keep to high standards.