Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research






An airline economics war that will determine the future pattern of air service in many U.S. short- and intermediate-haul markets is under way. The megacarriers are eliminating mainline jet service on these routes due to their high costs, inappropriate operational patterns, and restrictive labor agreements. To the dismay of many passengers, regional partner carriers are filling the voids by raising fares and replacing jets with "undesirable" turboprop aircraft. This paper investigates the problem's underlying causes and describes the looming battle between new entrant jet carriers and regional partner airlines for dominance in these important medium-size markets.



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