The Real Story Behind Airline Ops

Two interesting articles from the NYT Freakonomics site: one about pilots, and the other answering your airline questions.

The first one in particular is pretty much a slap in the face. How safe are these so-called “budget carriers” anyway? It’s true that the incentives for a qualified, safe pilot don’t seem to exist in the current system. Then again, I might be wrong – maybe they are getting incentives from sources other than pure revenue, but I highly doubt it.

And from the second article: “The airline business has never really been able or allowed to operate under a truly free market environment. The government continues to meddle in the business. It doesn’t let airlines go out of business as a rule, though several of the current airlines should have been allowed to die. Trust the market.”

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