Thursday 1 July 2010

The silly season begins

Looks like July has come around again....

From The Telegraph (and all other newspapers):

Ryanair to sell £5 tickets for standing-room only flights

Ryanair is planning to run flights where passengers stand during the journey at a cost of just £5 per ticket.

Well done Ryanair. You've got my attention.

Michael O'Leary, the airline's chief executive, will set out proposals today that include charging customers to use the loo.

Outrageous! Is there nothing those chaps at Ryanair won't do to keep prices down?

Or not. Let's be sensible here, none of this is going to happen. There is no way in the world that Ryanair are going to be allowed to run flights with passengers standing up. Nor are they ever going to charge people to use the toilet. It's a massive publicity stunt to remind millions of people about the Ryanair brand and their low prices (£5, no less!).

Not only is this bollocks, it's very old bollocks. From The Sun in July 6th 2009 (italics in the original):

RYANAIR boss Michael O’Leary wants passengers to STAND on the budget airline’s flights — in a bid to pack in more people and boost profits.

The controversial Ryanair boss is always looking for ways of saving money.

Earlier this year he announced that he intended to charge passengers a pound to spend a penny on board.

He also unveiled plans for planes with just one toilet instead of three, which he said would allow six extra seats to be crammed in.

Is there so little going on in the world that newspapers need to regurgitate the same old advertisements news stories about Ryanair? By a remarkable coincidence, Michael O'Leary has a book out at the moment. Fancy that.


Paul said...

How much for riding in the baggage compartment?

Angry Exile said...

I'm not sure it wasn't already recycled news - okay, bollocks masquerading as news - when the Sun printed it.

Angry Exile said...

And the reason why it's complete bollocks.