1) More experianced pilots in the cokpit. Yeah right, which at some stage are going to retire. So then you get an explosive number of young pilots when these oldies are retiring. In any line of work, it is a good thing to have a nice mix of seniority, for operational reasons, for social reasons, for cultural reasons, for innovation reasons, etc. Not accepting fresh labour can be very dangerous in the long run.
This line of thinking is short sightness.
2)First: like old aircraft are endangering the "safe fleets in the air"! Obviously this guy didn't bother looking at the NW
DC9 operations and their brilliant safety record.
Secondly, this guy is again shooting himself in the foot since at some stage those "older" aircraft [which he describes as "unsafe"] will return to the air, since they will have become dirt cheap. These aircraft [which have been stored for an undetermined time] will usually fly with young new airlines, which are going through the difficult task of setting up decent maintenance / engineering / operations departments. Not sure what this will do to "safer fleets in the air".
Again short sightness.
3)Ticket price has gone down, and probably are here to stay. In the long run, this is a good thing. However, bankruptcy [Ch7] is not good for consumers, and it may take some time for the market to stabilize. Generally consumers are beter off [sp?: is that of or off?] in a stable market.
However I do agree that the network carriers [I prefer "network" over "the majors", since some LCC are becoming pretty major now] will have to reduce capacity, or change the way they do business. It looks that the point-to-point market is going low cost. However there will still be a very large market for network operations, since it will be impossible for all 400 or so US commercial aiports to be linked non-stop to each other. In additon, only a couple of dozen airports will have decent international services [long haul that is], so the other 350 airports will rely on network carriers for their international pax. The network market however is not sufficiently large to sustain all current operations.
Immigration officer: "What's the purpose of your visit to the USA?" Spotter: "Shooting airliners with my Canon!"