A similar thing happens with regional airlines. In the same way a hamburger is just a hamburger until it reaches the end user, a flight on these carriers is the same regardless of which airlines its flying on behalf of until it becomes a segment on your itinerary. Same flight crews, same flight attendants, often the same ground handling agents- just at the next counter down than they were an hour ago.

Those ruptures you mention don't happen too often in this space (and I'm not sure the traveling public would much care anyway), but once they do, you can't unsee them.

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