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Why Flying is So ExpensiveFlying is expensive, really expensive, but only kinda, and it's only partially the airlines' fault. (www.youtube.com) More...
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The assumption that pilots work 1800 (billable) hours per year is incorrect. In the US they are limited to 100 hrs/mo. by the FAA. This is 1200/yr. Most pilot's flying hours are ~80/mo.
With FAR 117 it is a rolling 12 months with a maximum of 1000 hours. But with vacation, training and some over time most airline pilots usually have their W2 that show roughly 1000 x (hourly rate) and fly much less.
Overproductions or undermath...? At 1800 flight hours per year, that poor pilot is working twice as much as he's (she's) legally permitted (well, 1.8 times...) plus way outside the union agreement. Additionally, at 79k he'd be one of the worst-paid 320 drivers in the industry, even in the LCCs in Europe. Sure glad I don't work there...
the complaints aren't so much "economy costs hundreds of dollars" but "we're not getting our money's worth": inflation-adjusted economy seats cost as much as they did mid-90s but we get luggage fees that turn boarding into chaos, bus seats that cut off circulation, $6 for two biscuits, and the constant knowledge that the economy experience is being salami-sliced to fill the business and economy-plus moneymakers; the talk of "economy minus" only seems to prove to flyers that the airlines aren't really treating them like this only because they insist on low ticket prices
The big assumption here was that the plane was 100% full.
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