And I am sure you make much more than that 200 grand. Also, like we have said over and over, most pilots don't make 200K. There are a whole bunch who make $16000 as right seats on RJs. The average pilot probably makes about $80,000 a year, and that is fair, if not damn cheap. Considering property values (especially on the coasts), cost of living, transportation costs, education, etc. they need to make that kind of money. Consider that is about the average for ATC, or should we cut their salary too? I really cannot believe that there are people out there who think pilots are the ones to blame for airline's state and should just shut up and take it up the a$$ because of some airline fantasy. These are real people, with real lives and when there are fine examples of airline who pay their pilots, and other workers, and don't constantly ask for cuts in order to survive, there is NO excuse for an airline to demand more.
>As an Airline CEO/CFO my first priority is to ensure the continuing existence of the airline. That said, ALL
costs, including pilot pay scales, would be reviewed and cut. Why cut? Simple. Labor is the largest VARIABLE line item on the balance sheet and the easiest to reduce quickly so its logical to start there. For a pilot to make US$200K per annum is outrageous no matter what type of plane he flies over how long a distance. That said, pilots are an integral part of an airline's operating network. Ultimately it comes down to "If you want to continue to fly for us, be prepared to make pay concessions in these tough times, otherwise there are NO guarantees you will be around in 3 months time and you know the only skill you have to offer the world is JUST to fly." A pilot's salary should be based on the airline's financial performance since it is the aim of every company (and airlines are JUST going concerns) to maximize PROFITS! Labor is a variable cost and can be easily adjusted. Remember folks... For every $1 the airline spends on a pilots salary, it has to pay another $2 in benefits thus making such a payscale impossible to maintain long-term. A doctor's higher salary, depending on his specialization, is justified since he offers a net benefit to society as a WHOLE and his financial well being does not hinder on company performance. A pilot is an EMPLOYEE whereas a doctor/lawyer is NOT so they set their own salaries/hours and have no set job descriptions, unlike pilots. If my pilots made $200K per year you bet I'd reduce this! Go and fly African charters in Africa or in the Canadian bush if you don't like it. <