Pilots - MOL
Itis amazing, how unknowingly many of you guys are bashing someone you actually do not know or not even have heard talking.
He, MOL, highly values pilots, saying that they rather want to be flying instead of hanging around on the ground (short turnaround), be at home every night (stable rostering), and well paid (look at the numbers on their web). And, he clearly said in an interview, pilots and their costs are not the problem, its how you sweat the assets. And with all respect to pilots, they make planes fly safe, but do not make them earn money (and shouldn't, to not compromise safety).
The problem is that most (mainline) airlines are indirectly run by the unions, and that does not work. Workrules are just ridiculous, impossible in most other industries. And, hey, United was employees-run, wasn't it?
And customers want to fly these airlines, the crap you get on the mainlines, like food?, is not worth the difference. Anybody who pays for his own flying, is not going to pay Euro 700 and more for BCN-LGW, when easyjet and the like are flying for Euro 100 (same airports, same airplanes, right?!).
And he is not bashing at pilots as such, he is challenging the airlines and their management, and, for sure, the unions.
(Just before you complain, I am a pilot, have an MBA, flown frequently on BA and easyJet since the early days, I am not related to neither FR nor MOL).