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Old 17th Nov 2014, 22:19
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Journalists spreading disinformation

Noticed a linked article via theage.com.au online newspaper today which is headed Shocking things your pilot isn't telling you which contains a paragraph:
Big airline doesn’t mean experienced staff

You’ve bought a ticket on a large airline and you’re feeling pretty pleased that you’re guaranteed a highly experienced pilot on your long haul flight. Right? Wrong. A large number of major airlines hire in subcontractors to fly their planes, meaning that they have a fraction of the experience of a long-term employed pilot and are likely to have only a fraction of the training. What’s more, many of these pilots are paid by the hour, so they’re far more inclined to fly at a slower pace, whether you miss a connection or not.
Is there any shred of truth to this statement?

Which airlines use subcontractor pilots?
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Old 17th Nov 2014, 22:24
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Phishing............
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Old 17th Nov 2014, 22:35
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That's called a listicle, a very lazy form of journalism, all too common these days. These "shocking secrets" are generally rehashed and copied from other similar articles:
19 Secrets From Flight Staff That Reveal Shocking Truths About Flying. #2 Is HORRIFYING - Dose - Your Daily Dose of Amazing
Shocking facts airlines don?t want you to know
50 Secrets Your Pilot Won't Tell You

I think this particular statement originates from the US where regional carriers carry the branding of the major airlines, but use their own lesser paid staff.
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Old 17th Nov 2014, 22:38
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"Is there any shred of truth to this statement?"

"so they’re far more inclined to fly at a slower pace"

Flying slowly for more coin, yep, seen that in nearly every airline I have worked for, contract pilots and full timers alike.

"hire in subcontractors to fly their planes, meaning that they have a fraction of the experience of a long-term employed pilot and are likely to have only a fraction of the training."

Actually, in many cases the reverse is true. Korean/Singapore/Vietnam etc.
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Don't pheed the phishers 😜

The tabloids get enough attention. Who is 'Billionaires Australia'?
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Old 17th Nov 2014, 22:50
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I think the thing that surprises me most is that a supposedly reputable business like The Age will host or link to this this kind of link-bait rubbish...

I'm astonished a pilot would fly slower to get paid for more hours. Flying slower to get greater fuel economy I understand, but getting paid for more hours, I dunno, seems counterintuitive. I'd prefer to offer to fly point to point for a fixed price, i.e. piece work.
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