Once again, the larger object lesson is to never, never trust United if you work for a contractor who is beholden to UAL. Never.
Or DL who did ComAir dirty and shut down Compass. Or American who dropped Air Wisconsin like a hot potato. It’s just all a part of the regional game.
Let’s remember OH dug their own hole.
The OH and ACA debacles are a very large part of the reason the regional systems are set up the way they are today.
Both airlines had distinct Stand-alone branding, and operated Largely as independents. Most routes were flown at-risk.
Both led to management and pilot groups developing egos bigger than their wallets. The aftermath brought us the push for single point “ seamless” branding, with the regionals basically becoming ACMI’s, and with the major controlling everything, up to and including scheduling. No more independent branding that could become a competitive threat down the road.
As we can see with AA, that is again changing, due to current reality.
The AA code-share/ Interline deals with AS, B6, Contour, etc. are a leading indicator, IMHO. Expanded Brand offerings, on someone else’s Dime. No cost for the airplane, personnel, etc, just incremental revenue from the connections, as it used to be. AA gets to expand offerings and revenue, with no real cash investment.
This likely the future, especially for small and medium cities. “XYZ Airways, operating as American connection”. They keep any OD revenue, and formula split the connection revenue, with added costs depending on the level of mother’s involvement. (Res systems, GS staffing, Marketing, etc.)