The mothership doesn’t care about regional staffing like you might think. Yes it’s an issue from a “feed the hub” standpoint, but that’s about it.Although, to be fair, I think there is something to be said for the theory that mainlines are consolidating small lift providers to get a better handle on the pilot staffing problem.
The real reason to consolidate regionals? Control the customer product and experience. Passenger X of Y doesn’t recognize that when something goes wrong that they are on GoJet or Skywest. They see whatever logo is painted on the side.
Yes consolidating regional feed has other economy of scale benefits, but make no mistake, it’s about one thing, and one thing only, everything else is bonus.