Although it's not so much a novel, (but it is a paperback) - I'd Highly recommend reading "Airline Confidential" by Richard Havers & Christopher Tiffney. Its a really good light-hearted read, so you don't need to be "in the mood" for reading anything too deep or serious.
A quote from the back synopsis:
"[Havers & Tiffney] have assembled a unique collection of reminiscences, anecdotes, quotations, quirky facts and trivia.
Airline travel, once the glamourous preserve of the rich and famous, is now commonplace. Yet commercial aviation continues to exert a strange fascination. There's something about it that prompts many of us - whether celebrities, aircrew or just plain ordinary passengers - to behave bizarrely.
So you know (although you're all more knowledgeable than myself - you probably already do know) Richard Havers began his career in the airline industry as a messenger for British United Airways when most airliners still had props. He left the business as Vice President of Continental Airlines. Christopher Tiffney spent fourteen years working for the world largest insurance broking organisation (Lloyds) in London, Seattle and New York arranging cover for airlines and aircraft manufacturers.
a small quote from inside is typical of this book: its about announcements made by cabin crew after touchdown (you know, the old "Stay in your seats till at the gate" except this time they got a bit creative...
"Ladies and Gentlemen, as you are all now painfully aware, our captain has landed in Seattle. From all of us here at [the airline] we'd like to thank you for flying with us today and please be very careful when opening the overhead bins as you may be killed by falling luggage that shifted during our so-called "touchdown"."
Like I said, its well worth a read. Hope the post helped in some way