U.S. regional airlines, facing what seems to be a near-certain future of consolidation and a moment of truth this decade on contract renewals for aircraft of 50 seats or fewer, could find an escape route in the relaxation of scope clauses in pilot contracts of their major airline partners. But they had better not count on it. The scope clauses limit how much flying the major carriers can outsource to the regional airlines, and they have been relaxed before, which is why regionals can ...

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