A few weeks ago Air Wisconsin announced they would be 'terminating' their agreement with United Airlines and entering a new partnership with American Airlines.
Air Wisconsin, by the way, is a small regional airline that's based in Appleton, Wisconsin.
(Sidebar: I flew to Appleton, Wisconsin a few months ago. More on that in a very-near future installment of this diatribe, so stay tuned and set your VCR...HINT: tomorrow)
There was no official reason given (that I could find) so let's just guess for now: More money.
Why is this significant?
There really isn't a tangible reason but I'm gonna make one up: I don't like the fact that American is taking over these routes. Why? I don't believe AA will stay the course long-term whereas United tends to be more loyal with their regional agreements. And for those of you who've been paying attention for the last coupla' years, the U.S. carriers are cutting small regional flights from their route network faster than Bobby Flay at a Cutco convention.
And that, my esteemed purveyors of fine travel, accommodations and dining (McDonalds in my case), is bad news for the future of air commerce and affordable fares.
I also just read that 59 cities have been cut off from commercial airlines service in the U.S.
This does not help anybody.
Y'all have already heard me wax pathetic about all the billions the airlines got handed to them when the Pandy hit. This is their 'yank you' for all the money.
If you don't, just take my word for it.
In the meantime, do your part and don't give the airlines a penny more than you have to when you fly.
Make them earn it.