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Reverse Codesharing !!!!!!!!!

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Cleared Direct

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Jan 28, 2002
Check this out, AMR management is trying to get around the current ASM (Available Seat Mile) cap restriction on any codesharing partners that carry the AA code by starting what they are calling reverse codesharing. Un-freeking believable, they are going to attempt and put the Corporate Airlines code (3C) on all AA flights out of STL. TSA and CHA will surely follow. Corporate Airlines, Trans States Airlines, and Chautauqua Airlines operate some flights as American Connection out of St Louis.

I do not have the link to these comments yet, but I believe they are from planebusiness.com on the subscriber side. Below are the comments:

"In another interesting tidbit that seems to have broken Tuesday afternoon, we ask the question -- What is reverse codesharing? It seems the guys over at the Allied Pilots Association (APA) are about to become familiar with the innovative concept. We understand that Corporate Airlines, the AmericanConnection carrier, has signed a letter of intent with American Airlines (AMR:NYSE) to modify its codeshare agreement with the airline."

"In a move that is clearly designed to fly under the pilots' ASM cap, it appears that Corporate is going to place its code, 3C, on all American flights nationwide out of St. Louis."

"How 'bout that?"

"Speaking of Chautauqua, AKA Republic Airways, and their codesharing agreement with American out of St. Louis -- we understand that new agreements with both Chautauqua and Tran States are still in progress."
Here is a link and the text at the Corporate Airlines site that confirms that they intend to put the 3C code on the AA flights out of St. Louis:


SMYRNA, Tenn. - Corporate Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to modify its current codeshare agreement with American Airlines beginning in July 2002.

Under the new agreement, which is currently being negotiated, Corporate Airlines would place its "3C" airline designator code on American's flights from St. Louis to destinations nationwide.

"This new agreement will help us build on our reputation - which is already synonymous with quality in the communities we serve - in markets beyond the Midwest," said Chuck Howell, president and CEO. "At the same time, we'll continue to offer convenient service for American's passengers from St. Louis to the 10 Midwestern cities that have so graciously embraced us as their hometown carrier."

Corporate Airlines currently provides flights from American's St. Louis hub to Marion and Quincy, Ill.; Burlington and Waterloo, Iowa; Owensboro and Paducah, Ky.; Cape Girardeau, Fort Leonard Wood and Kirksville, Mo.; and Jackson and Nashville, Tenn. These regional services are provided to American Airlines under the American Connection brand. Additionally, the company offers AmericanConnection service between Nashville and Tri-Cities, Tenn.

All AmericanConnection services operated by Corporate Airlines will continue to participate in the American Airlines AAdvantage® Program. This means that passengers traveling on American Connection services may earn elite status qualifying AAdvantage miles and may redeem AAdvantage miles for travel on Corporate Airlines.

Corporate Airlines is a privately held company with headquarters in Smyrna, Tenn. It began operations in Dec. 1996. In addition to the company's AmericanConnection services, Corporate Airlines provides nonstop service between Nashville, Tenn. and Atlanta.

The other scope thrreads on these boards have dealt in depth ad nauseum about this subject in a way.

The fact is that the airlines are not going to accept one list, they are not going to be held hostage to scope, and they are not going to open themselves up for another Comair tail wagging the dog senario.

This is just another message along with the spin off of COEX and Express I as well as Freedom Air and Potomac Air that should serve as a message loud and clear. We are not going to sit here and let you run our airline with scope inclusions.
Don't bet on it!!!!!

I spent 17 years at AMR. This move doesn't surprise me one bit! If AA/AMR can make money and send morale even lower...they will!

Fly safe!

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