VX joining ARC

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  1. Bay Pisco Shark
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    This is a big move IM(nsh)O for several reasons. It will allow interline ticketing, make it an attractive option for those using travel agents, and probably is foreshadowing some additional partnerships and codeshares, etc., where interline ticketing on the same reservation would be required. It should also permit easy endorsement of tickets to/from VX
     
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    It is a necessary step to allow interlining but does not mean that interlining happens immediately. They will still have to strike bilateral agreements with whichever other carriers they wish to interline with. Still, one of the important steps in the growth of the carrier.
     
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    I see a press release but it doesn't really explain what ARC is... What does this mean? How does this lead to interlining?
     
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    ARC is the Airlines Reporting Corp. It is like the airline ticket mafia, um, really like a giant escrow company for most airline tickets not issued directly by the airline you are flying on. For example, if a travel agent issues a ticket SFO (UA) JFK (BA) LHR all on one ticket, when you fly, the airlines will submit the flight coupons (all electronic now) to ARC for payment for the particular flight segments. Joint / combination fares, interlined baggage, etc. are still governed by contracts between various carriers (although most of the majors participate). Another example is say you are flying SEA/SCL and want your main carrier to be LA - LA's fare from its US points of departure (i.e., SFO or LAX in the west) permit you to use UA/AS/AA and maybe a couple of others to get to SFO or LAX. However, the ticket is issued on 045 (LAN) ticket stock, including the segment on the other carrier, as a single thru fare. LA then pays the other airline whatever their deal is to get you to SFO or LAX.

    VX will now be able to play, should it want to.
     
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