I've seen it now and then here in the USA.
When i flew DTW
on Continental Express ERJ-145, the pilots did not greet you, but had the cockpit door open and the captain was would waive once in a while to the left window towards the jetway for the people walking aboard. I waved to him, he waved back ( Smiling 24/7 too, noticed that before boarding just looking at the pilots ). The first officer appeared pretty busy.
route i flew on Continental 737-700, couple older pilots, they greeted the passengers as we boarded, except if i can remember right, it was only the captain greeting, the first officer was in the cockpit.
on Continental 757-200, No greeting, cockpit door was open, pilots were pretty busy preparing for the flight. Pretty nice people though, gave us scenic tour tips and route information while we were cruising ( IE
: Ladies and gentlemen, to your left is the Grand Canyon viewed from 37000 ft ), etc.
, Continental 737-300, Man...I dont know what was up with these pilots. I didnt even see the first officer get on the plane. The captain seemed pretty PO
'd, didnt say anything yet he was walking between the terminal and the aircraft cockpit ( I believe he went to inspect the aircraft, came back up to the cockpit, went to the terminal, got some coffee, went back to the cockpit )... That was the last i ever saw him, slammed the door shut 20mins prior to departure. Never spoke in flight, except for a couple minor 5 sec notifications. After we pulled into DTW
's gate, didnt even see him again. Door was closed while de-boarding aircraft...sheesh.
Guess it just depends on the type of pilots and how much of a rush they're in.
Flying a plane is no diff. from riding a bicycle. Its just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes. -'Airplane'