One look at the wage scale for flight crews tells you why this occurs:
It would be relatively easy to solve this problem by taking the decision on when to push back from the gate away from the flight crew and give it to the airline instead.
We wrote a managerial economics textbook (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Cengage) to teach students how to solve business problems (7 min. video). We started this blog to support those who use the book, and to keep up with developments in the field.
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