I recently booked a flight that's on AmericanConnection, operated by Chautauqua Airlines. I know all American Airlines and American Eagle operated flights now allow gate-to-gate usage of portable electronic devices, but back when they announced this they specifically exempted third-party airlines. Has that changed, or do they still make you turn off devices above/below 10,000 feet?
The announcement from AA mentions "American's entire mainline fleet as well as regional aircraft operated by American Eagle Airlines." I suspect this is simply because those are the planes they control. AA doesn't specifically announce that you can use your devices on United flights, since they can't control United, but of course you can, since what all these airlines are doing is adapting to a change in the overall rules from the FAA.
Apparently this is something that needs to happen airline by airline. An NBC news article summarized the status in Nov 2013, including:
American Airlines on Nov. 4 said the new rules apply to "American's entire mainline fleet as well as regional aircraft operated by American Eagle Airlines." However, it does not yet apply to American Eagle flights operated by SkyWest Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines, Republic Airline or Chautauqua Airlines, American spokesman Matt Miller told CNBC.
From the press release from FAA the rules have been relaxed and the airlines can implement their own policies allowing use of personal electronic devices below 10000 feet.
American Airlines and American Eagle implemented or will implement this policy by the end of 2013 or in 2014.
Good news! You're now able to read your e-books, play games, and watch videos on your portable electronic devices from gate to gate within the U.S. There are a few things to keep in mind during taxi, takeoff and landing:
Devices will need to be in airplane mode and you'll need to secure them by either holding or placing them under your seat.
Wi-Fi access on equipped aircraft will be available shortly after takeoff
This change doesn't apply to larger items such as laptops. Those items will still need to be stowed.
This change won't be implemented on some of American's regional flights (operated as American Eagle) until later this year. Because the safety of our customers and people is always our top priority, you should still listen to all safety briefings and comply with crewmember instructions.
So since Chautauqua is a contracted party for the individual airline such as American they are subject to American Airlines contract of carriage and PED policy irrespective of them being a separate company.