The World’s Cheapest Airlines and What Pilots Make

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  1. I’ve been told by multiple pilots that EK actually forces you to stay in their corporate housing instead of taking the allowance unless already own a home in DXB or a few other areas. It seems that they think they can set the pilot market based on the fact that they have so many 380’s to fly and other big planes long haul which is more fun and less stressful than flying a 737 or RJ on multiple 90min hauls over multiple stops a day. Not saying their pilots aren’t experienced as their interview process it’s inline or arguably more stringent at least in the subjective review process than the others. Definitely a trade off but it seems the top type rated 380 or 777 guys are generally not taking jobs with EK unless they have ties/want to live in ME. Unless someone can point to them cutting corners it seems unfair to call them out for being the cheapest. The best college grads often are forced with the choice of taking a better salary somewhere small or going to a big company like Apple, GE, Goldman, etc.

  2. Would be fun if those charts could compare domestic Venezuelan flights, about 90 cents for the flight from CCS to MAR (322 miles).

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