Today is the final filing day for those in opposition to the American Airlines/US Airways (AA/US) merger. The merger rules and regulations allow objectors to the settlement to file comments that must be addressed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to the final approval of the merger. A collection of consumer groups, including the Consumer Travel Alliance, will be making such filings today.
This headline seems nonsensical. However, in the mind of the airline executives and the policy folk at the Department of Transportation (DOT) it makes perfect sense.
As our government studies the uneven safety standards and differences in pilot training programs between mainline and regional airlines, both American and United airlines announced new code-shared flights that confuse and mislead the flying public. The FAA must say enough! There needs to be a freeze on additional regional airline contracts until the FAA can bring a unified safety structure into place.
Codesharing is flat-out dishonest. Why shouldn't consumers be able to clearly see on which airline's aircraft they will actually be flying? Why should one airline be allowed to claim a route that its planes, pilots and flight attendants never fly? Why should the government be complicit in this misinformation?