To elaborate on my original answer (reply 1) and extend Planespotting's response...
[Before I begin... I am NOT
a lawyer and have absolutely no legal training/experience... I juist spend a ton of time reading decisions on LexisNexis. Anyone who knows better, please jump in and confirm or correct what I'm saying]
Even if every aircraft in the American fleet was registered to a unique entity, (I.e. "American Aircraft N622AA, LLC") and even if every aircraft had it's own operating certificate ("N622AA Airlines") that the filghts were operated by and the aircraft mantained under -- which I would imagine would be a beraucratic nightmare as far as records keeping goes, AMR could not shield itself from liability this easially.
I say this because, if I understand correctly under accepted legal therories [which I can't recall at the moment -- I really wanted to say respondent superior
but I am pretty sure these would only apply to individuals]. Essentially if a reasonable person couldn't tell that "N622AA Airlines" was operating the flight that they purchased a ticket from American Airlines for and the aircraft was wearing an AA
livery, operating under AA
's direction as far as rates, routes served, schedules, etc. AA
would be liable for the actions of their 'servant'.
I did a really poor job of wording that. Hopefully when I wake back up I'll be able to repost and make more sense unless someone corrects/clarifies for me before then.
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