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Scope clauses limit RJ service, study says.

Pilot union scope clauses restrict the use of regional jets in US domestic service and are anti-competitive. So states a controversial report prepared for the Proposition RJ Coalition, a group of 14 airports and the State of Virginia, by GKMG Consulting Services of Washington, D.C.

The expanded use of RJs would increase airline competition and bring significant travel and economic benefits to around 800 city-pairs, the report states. However, the number of RJs flown by Regional airlines on behalf of mainline carriers is limited by so-called scope clauses in Major airline labor contracts because mainline pilots fear increased use of RJs is potentially job threatening.

The report counters the pilots' fears by claiming that scope clauses are "harmful to communities, the nation's economy, to competition and to airlines. …

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