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Does outsourcing regional flights benefit anything but pocket books?
What is the benefit of airlines outsourcing regional flights to Skywest or similar, other than money, and would they see any benefit to moving regional operations closer or into the mainline fleet?
It’s all about the money :). I guess there would be better standardization across the fleet if they were all made mainline ops but obviously all the carriers have made the decision to keep things the way they are.
Money, schedules, and PR. Delta can say that __% of their flights are on-time, and they don’t technically have to include the performance of their regional carriers, as they are technically different airlines.
You also have more efficient operations — companies like Compass and SkyWest can operate flights for several different airlines using the same type of aircraft. So they can flex crew and schedules, versus Delta and American each having to have a bunch of pilots trained for regional jets.
And mainly, money. You’re outsourcing all your costs, so crew, maintenance, ground staff, etc., all become someone else’s burden.