Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1887 times:
Well, I wasn't even born when the industry was regulated, but from what I've been told by many senior pilots and just by reading older industry publications, prior to deregulation pilots at least were compensated accordingly when starting off and there were no such things as regional airlines which treat their flight crew as slaves. De-regulation benefited the consumer (pax) but hurt the workforce, IMO.
bri2k1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 988 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1804 times:
While it probably did benefit pax more than crew, I think it was a temporary benefit to the consumer, one which is nearing its end. Think baggage fees, "economy minus" seating, and the like. Now, we're stuck with that status quo, and cheap fares are vaporizing, too. Not to mention that all the bankruptcy forgiveness and government assistance money had to come from somewhere.
PS -10 for the lack of descriptive/creative topic.
DFW36L From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 89 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1725 times:
De-regulation certainly put a price-focus on airline travel, which gave rise to the LCC model of flying, bringing the focus on minimizing cost even more. I would venture to say, however, that 9/11 and the subsequent recession had a greater impact than deregulation did in this area. With labor being the highest controllable cost of the airlines, that certainly strains labor relations. Regionals then developed the capacity purchase model, which has very slim margins and puts perhaps more pressure on the regionals than the majors have. Expressjet is an example of a carrier that negotiated when the margins were high, and is now having to pay the piper. And so they have become the airline that all the other regionals point to, as an explanation to the labor unions why they cannot afford richer offers during negotiations.
See! I knew American Eagle was First Class all along!