1. IMHO only if Economy Class is fully booked and upgrades have to be done. In that case, however, I think only frequent fliers with high tier levels should be upgraded.
2. I find Economy Class seating pretty cramped on most airlines. The best I have experienced so far was UA
Economy Plus (it figures). The worst seating I experienced was SQ
long haul on a 744 (those footrests are the worst thing SQ
could do with just 32" seat pitch, perhaps they should name their A380 CattleTop). Yet, as most airlines are still dumping prices one should not expect a 34" seat pitch in Economy Class either...
3. As an airline employee I would rather see high fares and a healthier market. Yet, I do not mind LCC's like WN
either, as long as they offer a transparent and fair product (excludes FR