The official WorldLink stance on your proposal is:
We agree the game could use some new players to reignite some interest in the game. However, we would not be happy for players to select the alliance rather than the more normal procedure where the alliance select the player. Not because we believe WorldLink to be an elite group or anything like that, but because our success in Alliance Challenge is largely down to us pre-selecting only loyal WorldLink members who know how the alliance works. We initially had a list of over 30 interested players, all loyal WorldLink members in other games, but had to turn down 6 or 7 of them.
Also, as WorldLink is the only alliance that is anywhere near full and would not benefit from a fresh intake of players, we propose the limit be raised to 30 airlines per alliance and the current subscription procedure is retained. That way, the game would benefit from additional players (assuming WorldLink and the other alliances can attract new players) without opening the game to open to all players and forcing alliances to accept random players.
I also assume that only players that never joined could be replaced which without the raised limit would mean that WorldLink could not add any players at all.
Steve, on behalf of WorldLink Management