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RAA meeting review: members face reality. (Regional Airline Association)

RAA meeting review: members face reality Washington, D.C.--The powers of the regional airline industry returned again to Washington June 16-18 for the Regional Airline Association's Spring Meeting. They converged on Washington to grapple with yet another series of changes to the industry, to assess anew their role in the air transport business, to see who was left, who was new and who was lost.

Instead of grousing about the pros and cons of code sharing or lamenting the ever-vanishing identity of the commuter/regional industry, operators spent their time learning to cope with the rapid, unabated pace of industry change.

No longer arguing for or against code-sharing relationships, the presidents and CEOs of the regional industry treated them as the reality they have become. Gone, too, were complaints of problems regarding CRS. Like code-sharing, that problem, too, is something now coped with by alignment with a corporate big-brother.

Airlines for sale

Today the industry faces other catalysts that hold its attention. Almost every small carrier represented was for sale; if not overtly so, covertly, should someone offer enough money. "Naturally, I'd like to say that I built this business up from scratch and intend to keep it," explained one owner. …

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