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What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:36 am

Hi,
I was wondering if you fly e.g Delta Connection, operated by SkyWest Airlines, flown on Delta Air Lines flight number, which airline would you consider you have flown:
-Delta Connection
-SkyWest Airlines
-Delta Air Lines

There are numerous other examples of this, and I don't know which airline should I list in my logbook (btw, I am not flying DL). Would you use regional airline, parent airline or the airlines that the flight is operated by?
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:16 pm



Quoting AlexEU (Thread starter):
SkyWest Airlines

I would say I had flown SkyWest, for it's the actual operating airline.
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:14 pm



Quoting AlexEU (Thread starter):
There are numerous other examples of this, and I don't know which airline should I list in my logbook

I always put in the actual operating airline.
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:11 pm

I typically put the regional brand with the operating carrier in parenthesis, ie. "Delta Connection (Skywest)."
 
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:56 pm

I look at it as being Delta.

After all your business relationship is with Delta. You purchased a ticket for a Delta flight, which just happens to be contracted out to a 3rd party. Delta is ultimately responsible to you for the flight regardless if it was a mainline or express partner.
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:40 pm

After it's operated by OO, I'd say OO. It's just my point of view.
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:25 pm

I would put it down as SkyWest Airlines (Operating as Delta Connection).

I know I have done this similarly when I flew on Ryan International back when they were doing some flights for AirTran. I put it down as Ryan International (Operating for AirTran).

I've listed my one and so far only Delta Connection flight as Comair, no mention of Delta Connection because Comair only flies as Delta Connection. In the case of SkyWest, they do operate as United Express and as Midwest Connect, so you definitely have to include under what banner they were operating under.

Listing it as Delta Connection (Operated by SkyWest) is another option.

Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 5):
After it's operated by OO, I'd say OO. It's just my point of view.

Exactly. While the flight will operate under a DL flight number, it's not a DL operated flight. It's basically a codeshare flight, as the flight actually operates under an OO flight number but marketed under a DL flight number.
 
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:47 pm

I always put the "umbrella" airline, so I'd put DL. It makes it easier for me  Smile
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:24 pm



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
After all your business relationship is with Delta. You purchased a ticket for a Delta flight, which just happens to be contracted out to a 3rd party. Delta is ultimately responsible to you for the flight regardless if it was a mainline or express partner.

But if you purchase a holiday ticket in travel agency they will be responsible for your tickets etc. and you can't say that you have flown with a travel agency...

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 6):

Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 5):
After it's operated by OO, I'd say OO. It's just my point of view.

Exactly. While the flight will operate under a DL flight number, it's not a DL operated flight. It's basically a codeshare flight, as the flight actually operates under an OO flight number but marketed under a DL flight number.

Are f/a's and pilots working for DL or OO in this example? If they are working for OO that would mean that they could fly under Delta Connection, United Express and Midwest Connect as you said.
After all Delta Connection is not an airline officially. Nor do they have callsign, IATA code, ICAO code etc.

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 6):
In the case of SkyWest, they do operate as United Express and as Midwest Connect, so you definitely have to include under what banner they were operating under.

That's the problem. Not many people would realize that this is one airline:

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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:49 pm



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
You purchased a ticket for a Delta flight, which just happens to be contracted out to a 3rd party.

Be careful how you say that, because on both Delta Connection, and United Express, there are many flights to which both UA and DL do not contract out; rather, the only thing the mainline provides, is the CRS, and their name, for a fee.
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:14 pm



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
I look at it as being Delta.

After all your business relationship is with Delta. You purchased a ticket for a Delta flight, which just happens to be contracted out to a 3rd party. Delta is ultimately responsible to you for the flight regardless if it was a mainline or express partner.

That doesn't seem logical to me. If you purchased a DL ticket on a flight operated by AF (code-shared) you wouldn't say it was a DL flight simply because you had a DL ticket/boarding pass. Legally, I thought the actual operating carrier was responsible for the passenger, not DL, which is why aircraft operated by 3rd parties have to be identified with the name of the operating carrier.

If someone launches a lawsuit over the Continental Express Dash 8-400 crash at BUF a few months ago, wouldn't they sue Colgan Airways, the operating carrier, not Continental Airlines? CO just contracted for the service but I can't see how they would have any legal responsibility.
 
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:20 pm



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 8):
But if you purchase a holiday ticket in travel agency they will be responsible for your tickets etc. and you can't say that you have flown with a travel agency...

Travel agency puts you on a Delta flight. Personally I don't care if its Delta flight number 1, or number 8000. I have a ticket for a Delta flight which happens to have been contracted out.
If something goes wrong, with a delay, loss baggage etc, it would also be Delta who would be ultimtaely accountable to you.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 9):
there are many flights to which both UA and DL do not contract out; rather, the only thing the mainline provides, is the CRS, and their name, for a fee

And you know very well, one cannot go out and buy a "Skywest" ticket as much as you might want to. It will either be under the Delta and United banner. You can look at the Skywest website, call their HQ etc all you want but they will not sell you a ticket.


The point here - and has been shown in consumer surveys is the person buys a ticket on airline A (mainline) they have very little awareness or care if its operated by airline B (express partner). The consumers relationship is with airline A whom they contract with for the transportation.
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:29 pm



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 11):
The point here - and has been shown in consumer surveys is the person buys a ticket on airline A (mainline) they have very little awareness or care if its operated by airline B (express partner). The consumers relationship is with airline A whom they contract with for the transportation.

Sure, but it's not the case here. Obviously the OP knows all about this practice to the point he keeps a logbook, so it verifiably IS clear to him that OO is operating the aircraft.

I don't care what you do with your logbook, as it only matters to you, but if I were keeping a record, I would record whatever entity actually operated the flight, in this case OO. Delta pilots don't operate OO aircraft, OO pilots do. This one is a freebie, though, because it all comes down to what you want in your personal logbook.
 
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:21 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 11):
And you know very well, one cannot go out and buy a "Skywest" ticket as much as you might want to. It will either be under the Delta and United banner. You can look at the Skywest website, call their HQ etc all you want but they will not sell you a ticket.

You can't buy a ticket directly, and haven't been able to since 1985. However, if you even bothered to read what I said, it IS the regional's flight, but they pay for the use of the major's CRS---and that's it. Case in point, all of the DL Brasilia flying is at risk for OO. There is not a single brasilia flying DL numbered flights that is in DL colors, and as such, the passengers know who it is. Aside from that, SkyWest is a VERY prominant player in Utah, and US southwest aviation. There are few people at the cities they fly to, both past and present, in Utah, south Idaho, northern Arizona, and parts of Southern California, who don't know who they are. It's like saying that Horizon is unknown in the northwest.

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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:47 am

What about a subsidiary of a subsidiary such as Executive Airlines being a feeder for Eagle Airlines which in turn is a feeder for American Airlines?
 
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:50 pm

generally written down I would put "Marketing Airline/Operating Airline" so if the case of the OP I would write Delta Connection/Skywest. If I was saying it verbally to someone who was familiar with the industry I would say "I flew Skywest" however If I was talking to someone who wasn't familiar with the industry I would say "I flew Delta Connection".

Here in Australia If I was on a Sunstate flight I would be welcomed aboard "Qantaslink Flight Twenty-Three Hundred" even though the ICAO flight number would be "SSQ300D" and Callsign would be "QLink 300 Delta". Although even though they announce it as a Qantaslink flight and the Dash 8 would say "Qantaslink" the majority of passengers would still say they were just flying "Qantas"




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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:25 pm



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 14):
What about a subsidiary of a subsidiary such as Executive Airlines being a feeder for Eagle Airlines which in turn is a feeder for American Airlines?

American Eagle (Executive Airlines).


Quoting AlexEU (Reply 8):
Are f/a's and pilots working for DL or OO in this example? If they are working for OO that would mean that they could fly under Delta Connection, United Express and Midwest Connect as you said.
After all Delta Connection is not an airline officially. Nor do they have callsign, IATA code, ICAO code etc.

The pilots and F/As are OO employees. I remember that back when Air Wisconsin was flying as AirTran JetConnect, and had a crew base @ ATL, it was not uncommon for crews to work JetConnect flights and United Express flights. They would have the separate uniform pieces they would switch out depending on which airline they were flying for. I believe this is also the case with OO crews depending on the base they fly out of. In the case of the Midwest Connect operation, I would guess that those crews are typically assigned to that operation, but in a pinch, could be called in to cover a Delta Connection or United Express flight.
 
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:44 pm

What if an aircraft is leased? E.g you book a flight on British Airways, but they had leased the aircraft, crew, in-flight entertainment and everything from Lufthansa. How would you classify it?
 
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:06 pm

I would say I flew with Lufthansa, but the flight was operated by Lufthansa Cityline for Lufthansa Regional.
 
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:14 pm

This is much more difficult to classify, but I would say that I've flown British Airways.
Why? Because they rented plane, which means that it is owned for a time by them (no matter if still has LH colors).
However for me personally is important tail number. This is in which I care to know more after each flight.
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:20 pm



Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 19):
This is in which I care to know more after each flight.

Same with me. But sometimes it is very hard to find out registration. Especially if your enter the plain by airbridge and you cant see the tail number or the number written on nose gear. I've never asked f-a´s for regs, as I dont know how would they react.
 
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:53 pm



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 20):
I've never asked f-a´s for regs, as I dont know how would they react.

I wonder if they are aware about tail numbers!
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RE: What Is The Actual Airline?

Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:57 pm



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 17):
What if an aircraft is leased? E.g you book a flight on British Airways, but they had leased the aircraft, crew, in-flight entertainment and everything from Lufthansa. How would you classify it?

Lufthansa (Operating for British Airways)
British Airways (Operated by Lufthansa)

It's very similar to the example I used earlier involving AirTran and Ryan International.


Quoting Srbmod (Reply 6):
I know I have done this similarly when I flew on Ryan International back when they were doing some flights for AirTran. I put it down as Ryan International (Operating for AirTran).



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 8):
That's the problem. Not many people would realize that this is one airline:

In each case SkyWest's name is on each of those a/c, so that when passengers board said a/c, whether it is in Delta Connection colors, Midwest Connect colors, or United Express colors, their name is also on the outside of the a/c within in view of the passengers.

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