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Apr 25th 2010 1:17AM One thing passengers won't like is when their flight goes back to the gate after 2:30 and cancels. This will happen a lot. Often delays are weather related and no one knows how long they will be. If you don't board the plane until you know it can take off immediately you may well have delays in the terminal for well over 3 hours. As a former airline pilot I always gave the passengers all the information I had, but it was common for delays to be caused by air traffic control and I didn't have any info to give them. This is a rule that sounds good but will have many bad unintended consequences.
Apr 22nd 2010 8:38PM Nothing new about this. Ryanair has had it for some time. Their business model is to give away their seats and make it up in fees. Their seats aren't free, but fares are often in single digit Euros. They are also looking at pay toilets.
Jan 31st 2010 6:47PM I retired from a major airline after 18 years. When I retired I had been flying captain for 11 years. My max salary was about $225K a year. After pay cuts I was making about $130K a year. My retirement is about $30K a year. I was one of the lucky ones. A lot of guys didn't do nearly that well. Just to get hired at a major takes years of experience gotten at more like 30-40k a year. If you have the kind of money it takes to get pilot ratings go to law school or med school.