Big carriers increasingly rely on smaller jets

02/11/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

This year, the two biggest carriers at Chicago O'Hare will offer roughly two regional flights for every one mainline flight, according to numbers compiled for the Chicago Tribune. Experts say Chicago mirrors a larger trend toward smaller aircraft on shorter flights. "We're matching the number of seats to customer demand," says a spokeswoman for American Airlines, which, like United Airlines, has reversed its mainline-to-regional ratio over the past decade at O'Hare.

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