"Welcome onboard this Delta Air Lines flight to St. Louis, codeshare with Star Alliance member United and Oneworld member American Airlines. We know you had a choice when flying, but this time, you don’t."
- FATIII Aviation
With the multi-billion dollar bailout planned for U.S. airlines, they have been asked to maintain service to their existing cities and avoid furloughing employees through September.
Unfortunately, as demand continues to decline, this means more of their flights will have abysmal and near-empty load factors.
However, to solve this, CNBC says airline executives have found a solution: Consolidate Flights.
How would consolidation work?
Take the route from New York City to St. Louis, Missouri. Right now, American, Delta and Southwest all fly the route from LaGuardia Airport to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. If the route were temporarily consolidated, all airlines would continue selling tickets on the route, but the carriers would agree to put all the passengers on one plane.
In other words, we’re looking at a nationwide codeshare with every single U.S. airline that competes on a certain route.
One airline executive said:
Does it make sense for more than one of us to be flying to a city when there are only a few seats filled on each plane? It may make more sense to maintain service to that city, but put all passengers on one plane.”
According to CNBC, the idea hasn’t been discussed with the Department of Transportation, so it may be a bit until we see the launch of something like this.
This is a pretty cool idea and definitely would be a first to see multiple U.S. airlines “partner” with each other through limited codesharing. This would definitely help the plummeting load factors and allow airlines to maintain the conditions of the government bailout package.
What are your thoughts on this?