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Majors look to regionals for help. (1992 Regional Airline Association meeting)

ORLANDO--He lavished praise on his mostly profitable Connection partners. But Delta President Whitley Hawkins sang a different tune for his own carrier.

Most likely, Atlanta-based Delta will lose $782 million this year, despite a cost reduction program that is expected to save $375 million and despite the 1 million passengers its regional airlines delivered to it during the third quarter, 18% more than the year-earlier period, a somber Hawkins told the Regional Airline Association (RAA) fall meeting.

He placed most of the blame for his airline's troubles on American Airlines Chairman Robert Crandall for his "kneejerk reaction" in forcing major and regional airlines to halve their fares last summer. American says the move was in response to Northwest's parents-fly-free-when-accompanied-by-a-child program.

LARGER ROLE FOR REGIONALS

Hawkins urged regionals to strive for greater cooperation and synergy with their major-airline partners, as one way to contain costs. …

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