It wasn’t delta mainline it was a regional jet operator.
The only people that care about that kind of specificity are avgeeks like all of us. For all intents and purposes, it was "AA" that canceled and "DL" that came through.
When this story comes up at dinner parties, I can almost guarantee no one's gonna say either "Endeavor" or "CRJ."
Exactly correct. On the network news tonight there was no mention of the commuter carriers. Just the bad guy "AA", and the good guy "DL".
It's not just that.
The initial contract was between AA and the students; if AA decided to subcontract the flying, that's their problem not the passenger.
Same for DL: they instructed whoever they chose to go that route, and paid for it.
Who does the actual flying is critical when it comes to which AOC is used in case of accident and all.
However, for the customer, they had a contract with AA (or DL, or UA) and that's who's responsible to them.