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Airline Code-Sharing Arrangements and Their Role in Aviation Safety


Day One - Tuesday, October 26, 2010
9:00 – 9:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks by Honorable Deborah Hersman, Moderator, NTSB Chairman

9:15 – 11:30

Presentation 1 - What is Code-Sharing?

  • Definition of code-sharing   
  • How is authority to code-share granted? 
  • Domestic vs. international code-sharing – any differences? 
  • Requirements for passenger notification of who is operating a flight  – when buying ticket, boarding airplane?    
  • Requirements for Family Assistance following an accident?   
  • FAA perspective on code-sharing


  • Dayton Lehman, Principal Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Department of Transportation  
  • John Duncan, Manager Flight Standards Service, Federal Aviation Administration

Presentation 2 - Traveling Public Perspective on Code-Sharing  

  • Is the traveling public aware of who is operating their flights? 
  • Does code-sharing pose a concern to travelers? 
  • Do travelers consider safety records?  If so, how do they get data?



Presentation 3 - Family Assistance for Code-Sharing Flights

  • What was your experience regarding Family Assistance Services?
  • What are the plans for family assistance in a Code-Sharing accident, both foreign and domestic?


11:30 – 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 – 17:00

Panel 1 - Industry Association Overview of Code-Sharing Arrangements

  • What is the “State of the Union” with your members regarding code-sharing? 
  • Define the different models of code-sharing
    • Domestic Major & Regional
    • Domestic Major & Domestic Major
    • Domestic Major & International Major
    • Domestic Major & other modes of transportation (trains?)
  • Define the different financial models for code-share arrangements
    • Revenue Guarantee
    • Fee-for-Departure
    • Pro-Rate



Panel 2 - Domestic Code-Sharing -- Operations  

  • Who are your code-sharing partners?   
  • What are your requirements for selecting a code-share partner?
  • Do you perform initial/recurring audits of code-sharing partners?
  • How long do your code-sharing arrangements last?
  • How are daily operations coordinated with code-sharing partners regarding weather/maintenance cancelations, capacity restrictions, delays?


  • Mike Quiello, Vice President, Corporate Safety, Security & Environment, United Airlines
  • Dave Faddis, Managing Director of Safety, SkyWest Airlines
  • Dave Campbell, Vice President, Safety, Security & Environmental, American Airlines
  • Ric Wilson, Vice President, Safety and Compliance, American Eagle Airlines

Panel 3 - Domestic Code-Sharing – Safety Interactions

  • Description of each airline – fleet size, routes served, number of pilots, bases
  • What safety interaction/data sharing do you have with code-sharing partners?
  • How often do you meet with your partners?
  • Do you attempt to sync pilot hiring, training, or duty time procedures with your code-sharing partners?
  • Is there any difference in safety interaction with wholly-owned subsidiaries vs. independent operators?

Presenters: Combined presentation

  • Ken Hylander, Senior Vice President, Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance, Delta Airlines
  • Paul Morell, Vice President, Safety and Regulatory Compliance, US Airways
  • Mark Millam, Director of Safety and Compliance, Compass Airlines
  • Brad Elstad, Vice President, Safety, Republic Airways Holdings

Day Two - Wednesday, October 27, 2010
9:00 – 12 Noon

Panel 4 - International Code-Sharing - Safety Interactions           

  • Who are the members of your Alliance?
  • What are your requirements for alliance membership?
  • Are alliance members code-sharing partners with each other?  
  • How are best practices & safety data shared between members? 



Panel 5 - Operator Audit Programs – Their Role in Code-Sharing

  • DOD Audits
    • What are the standards?
    • Who performs the audits?
    • Are results shared with FAA?  with code-share partners?
  • IOSA Audits
    • What are the standards?
      • Why was the IOSA program established?
      • What was the process to develop IOSA standards?
    • Who performs the audits?
      • Accreditation for IOSA auditors?
      • Scope of audits?
      • Any differences for domestic/international audits?
    • Are results shared with FAA?  with code-share partners?
  • What is the Airline perspective of an IOSA audit?
    • How rigorous is it?  How beneficial is it?
    • Does it provide the necessary basis for code-sharing?


  • Merle Lyman, Chief, Commercial Airlift Division, Department of Defense
  • Jim Anderson, Senior Audit Advisor to IATA
  • L. Nick Lacey, Chief Operating Officer, Morten Beyer and Agnew
  • Paul Morell, Vice President, Safety and Regulatory Compliance, US Airways
12:00 – 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 – 14:30

Panel 6 - Regulatory Oversight of Code-Sharing Arrangements

  • What are the regulatory guidelines/standards for code-sharing arrangements?  
  • FAA Certificate Management Office perspective of oversight at major/regional airlines who code-share
  • FAA/International oversight of foreign code-share arrangements


  • John Duncan, Manager, Flight Standards Service, Air Transportation Division, Federal Aviation Administration
  • John Barbagallo, Manager, Int’l Programs and Policy, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Arthur Beckand, Flight Standards Department, Rulemaking Directorate, European Aviation Safety Agency

Closing Remarks

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