Friday, February 27, 2009

Are you serious?

I just had to post about this. The article is from the USAToday...

Ryanair: You may soon have to 'pay to pee'

(European airline discount giant)Ryanair could begin charging passengers to use the toilet. That's direct from the mouth of Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary, who made the comments this morning to BBC television. "One thing we have looked at in the past and are looking at again is the possibility of maybe putting a coin slot on the toilet door so that people might actually have to spend a pound (about $1.43) to spend a penny in future," O'Leary told the BBC...

First off... WHAT!? $2.00 to use the bathroom? That is ridiculous. SouthWest doesn't do that shit and they make a profit here in the US. Then I looked further and apparently this airline is known for their crazy bullshit. Here are some other things I found in the USAToday about them:

Already known for bare-bones, no-frills service, European discount giant Ryanair is doing away with another service that has been synonymous with air travel. The airline hopes to eliminate all of its check-in counters by the end of the year
The airline already has recently increased fees for customers who choose to check their bags at the airport instead of online.
Ryanair customers "will now have to pay £28.50 (about $41) to take their duty-free shopping on the plane. The budget airline has introduced new on-the-spot charges which must be paid at the boarding gate if holidaymakers can't fit their shopping into their single bag of hand luggage.
Any additional bags, for example a bag of newspapers and snacks for the flight, could incur another fee of £28.50 (about $41)each way.
On another front, Ryanair last week became the first European airline to launch in-flight cell phone service . That service will cost £1.50 to £3 per minute (one pound is currently worth about $1.43), 40 pence per text sent (incoming ones are free) and £1 to £2 for limited e-mails use.
Oh the irony of being a LOW Fare carrier that offers that type of service. But thats not all. I discovered more. I think the CEO is a complete nut job now. I know he myst save a fortune in advertising since he likes to dress up so damn much:

Michael O'Leary's publicity campaigns (a photo gallery of this goofball)

and that led me to this:

Ryanair calls blogger lunatic

A blogger who claimed to have found a flaw in the Ryanair website allowing people to book free flights has been attacked as a "lunatic" and an "idiot" by the airline.

"Ryanair can confirm that a Ryanair staff member did engage in a blog discussion. It is Ryanair policy not to waste time and energy in corresponding with idiot bloggers and Ryanair can confirm that it won't be happening again," it told The Times.

"Lunatic bloggers can have the blog sphere all to themselves as our people are far too busy driving down the cost of air travel".

I have a feeling... Mr Dress-up was probably the "Ryanair staff member" in question here. Oh and it gets better, I promise. I am pretty sure this statement would never fly in the US:

When pressed by disgruntled Ryanair passengers for a refund, O'Leary's standard response is unconventional: "What part of No Refund do you not understand? You are not getting a refund, so f**k off."
And more from this article "How OLeary flies high on his unique form of alchemy":
O'Leary's genius is simplicity: strip out all possible costs, as long as they are not safety-related. Charge the lowest price per seat and then screw as much as you can out of customers for everything else. Be shameless. He has pursued cost-elimination with evangelical zeal: free newspapers, complimentary snacks, sick bags and customer-service departments are the devil's work, to be exorcised without mercy. Passengers are charged extra for luggage, for wheelchairs, even for checking in. If the plane is late, don't tell O'Leary: he's not listening. It's the brutalist school of PR
And the sad pathetic truth to this is: ( I personally, would never fly this airline no matter how cheap the base cost is)

As long as the airline's cost base remained significantly lower than all rivals', that simple formula would always be a winning one.

In short, punters might grumble and groan about lost bags and cancelled flights, but when return tickets cost less than a beer in the airport bar they would keep choosing Ryanair.
All I have to say is: Dumb asses. You can't bitch if you chose the shitty service cause we all know you pretty much get what you pay for. If you pay Dollar store prices for a flight, you better expect Dollar store service and don't bitch when that is what you get.

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