Ryanair: Abolish Co-Pilots To Save Cash

Old Sep 4, 10, 3:23 pm
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Airline pilots have accused Ryanair (Dublin: RY4.IR - news) 's Michael O'Leary of endangering passengers' safety after he called for co-pilots to be replaced with air stewardesses.

Dismissing the vital role of second pilots, Mr O'Leary suggested money could be saved by getting rid of them all together.

If the pilot were to run into problems he suggested an air stewardess, trained to land the plane, could step in.

However, his flippant comments have led to outcry among pilots, who claim the decision would put passengers' lives at risk.

The British Airline Pilots' Association said the move would be "unwise and unsafe" with one senior pilot going as far as to say it would be a "recipe for business disaster."

The Ryanair boss, who has headed the airline for 17 years, made the comments in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.

"Really, you only need one pilot. Let's take out the second pilot. Let the bloody computer fly it," he said.

"If the pilot has an emergency, he rings the bell, he calls her in, she could take over."

A BALPA spokesman condemned the comments, saying: "Are there no lengths to which he will not go to get publicity?

"His suggestion is unwise, unsafe and the public will be horrified."

A senior pilot, who wished to remain anonymous, also criticised the move, saying: "The public have no wish to be flown at cheap rate into their graves."

He said that although Mr O'Leary may think "he will be laughing all the way to the bank", he would in fact see a worried public "desert him".

"In reality, it would be a recipe for business disaster, with the public deserting the airline in droves."

This is not the first time the Ryanair boss has landed himself in hot water with controversial comments, deigned to create maximum publicity for the airline.

Mr O'Leary has already suggested the airline reduce the number of toilets on board and make them coin operated to bring in more money.

He also put forward plans for stand-up space on flights, an idea that was rubbished by the European Aviation Safety Agency.

http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/rya...e08cc.html?x=0
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Old Sep 4, 10, 3:56 pm
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i've come to a point now where nothing michael o'leary says will ever surprise me again....
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Old Sep 4, 10, 4:04 pm
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Lets get rid of planes too. They cost money. Lets just take the passengers money and have them pretend they are flying. They will like it.
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Lets get rid of planes too. They cost money. Lets just take the passengers money and have them pretend they are flying. They will like it.
good idea....
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Lets get rid of planes too. They cost money. Lets just take the passengers money and have them pretend they are flying. They will like it.
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I'm guessing that he is a strong believer in the adage that there is no such thing as bad publicity.
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i've come to a point now where nothing michael o'leary says will ever surprise me again....
I've come to the point where I see the DNA evidence that he is a direct descendant of Kate O'Leary.
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Lets get rid of planes too. They cost money. Lets just take the passengers money and have them pretend they are flying. They will like it.
Can we still get miles?
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Can we still get miles?
only to be redeemed on the 'pretend' flights....
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Originally Posted by robledouk View Post
Airline pilots have accused Ryanair (Dublin: RY4.IR - news) 's Michael O'Leary of endangering passengers' safety after he called for co-pilots to be replaced with air stewardesses.

Dismissing the vital role of second pilots, Mr O'Leary suggested money could be saved by getting rid of them all together.

If the pilot were to run into problems he suggested an air stewardess, trained to land the plane, could step in.

However, his flippant comments have led to outcry among pilots, who claim the decision would put passengers' lives at risk.

The British Airline Pilots' Association said the move would be "unwise and unsafe" with one senior pilot going as far as to say it would be a "recipe for business disaster."

The Ryanair boss, who has headed the airline for 17 years, made the comments in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.

"Really, you only need one pilot. Let's take out the second pilot. Let the bloody computer fly it," he said.

"If the pilot has an emergency, he rings the bell, he calls her in, she could take over."

A BALPA spokesman condemned the comments, saying: "Are there no lengths to which he will not go to get publicity?

"His suggestion is unwise, unsafe and the public will be horrified."

A senior pilot, who wished to remain anonymous, also criticised the move, saying: "The public have no wish to be flown at cheap rate into their graves."

He said that although Mr O'Leary may think "he will be laughing all the way to the bank", he would in fact see a worried public "desert him".

"In reality, it would be a recipe for business disaster, with the public deserting the airline in droves."

This is not the first time the Ryanair boss has landed himself in hot water with controversial comments, deigned to create maximum publicity for the airline.

Mr O'Leary has already suggested the airline reduce the number of toilets on board and make them coin operated to bring in more money.

He also put forward plans for stand-up space on flights, an idea that was rubbished by the European Aviation Safety Agency.

http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/rya...e08cc.html?x=0
Wouldn't they save money if they just let the pax fly the plane?
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Wouldn't they save money if they just let the pax fly the plane?
best idea so far....
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Wouldn't they save money if they just let the pax fly the plane?
Not just save, they could make money with that. You're on to something
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If birds put out the engines, could one pilot and one or two air steward(esse)s go through all the checklists and get the plane safely down into the river?
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Wouldn't they save money if they just let the pax fly the plane?
I did read one story about a school bus driver having a heart attack and one of the kids noticed it in time and was knowledgeable enough and strong enough to stop the bus safely.

"Dismissing the vital role of second engines, Mr. ---- suggested money could be saved by shutting off all except one engine for the rest of the flight once the plane was airborne."

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Old Sep 5, 10, 11:37 pm
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All he is doing is the old adage ANY NEWS IS GOOD NEWS. He gets the ink and plenty of it for free.
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