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Mark Murphy Says Regional Airlines are Unavoidable, and That’s OK

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | March 29, 2015

Mark Murphy Says Regional Airlines are Unavoidable, and That’s OK

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In the aftermath of the Germanwings crash, rumblings of distrust about regional airlines are emerging, but in an interview with Neil Cavuto of Fox Business News, TravelPulse Founder and CEO Mark Murphy said that regional carriers are unavoidable, and that shouldn’t worry travelers…but some homework may be required to make sure the carrier is safe.

Murphy outlines two ways a traveler can encounter a regional airline, both involve trips with two legs. A flight to Frankfurt, for example, would be via Lufthansa across the Atlantic for the first leg, then the regional Germanwings for the second. The second encounter with a regional could come through what is called a “codeshare” — a flight to Kuala Lumpur would be American Airlines for the first leg, and Malaysia Airlines for the second leg. Department of Transportation rules require that the passenger is informed when changing a carrier.

But as Murphy pointed out, they’re all the same planes with all the same maintenance requirements, whether a legacy or regional airline. With one caveat. The Federal Aviation Administration maintains a list of regional carriers not to fly, because of maintenance issues. More information can be found here.

Watch the full interview below.

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