Ryanair's O'Leary seeks attention, muses over one pilot per plane

3 September 2010

Bitterwallet - Michael O'Leary. Mad.From Bloomberg:

"Why does every plane have two pilots?” asks Michael O’Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair Holdings Plc, the largest low-cost airline in Europe. Wearing sneakers, jeans, and an off-the-rack short-sleeved shirt, O’Leary is pontificating in his office at the company’s headquarters on the outskirts of Dublin Airport.

“Really, you only need one pilot,” he tells Bloomberg Businessweek in the Sept. 6 edition. “Let’s take out the second pilot. Let the bloody computer fly it.” What happens if the pilot has a heart attack? One member of the cabin crew on all Ryanair flights would be trained to land a plane. “If the pilot has an emergency, he rings the bell, he calls her in,” O’Leary says. “She could take over.”

We appreciate the Sky Marshall is saying the first thought that pops into his skull for the sake of a headline. We get it. We just don't trust a man who even thinks that sort of thing.

TOPICS:   Travel

18 comments

  • Gunn
    if it means cheaper flights go for it. also too many cabin crew, 2 is plenty.
  • Nobby
    What a crap idea. Who is going to sell me my fucking lottery ticket during such an emergency? They need to get their priorities sorted out. The odds of having a pilot out on a plane are small, so if my luck is in, I'm buying a lottery ticket.
  • PokeHerPete
    Why do planes need any pilots? If someones flying on budget airline, they should have to fuckin fly the plane themselves.
  • Chris
    That's just one step too far.
  • Phil M.
    what do pilots actually do? don't computers do everything anyway while the pilots sit there drinking and making lewd remarks about the air hostesses?
  • zeddy
    O'Dreary has plans to charge you £20 per person each way (plus taxes) if you wish a pilot to fly your plane.
  • Mike B.
    Is this man insane or just very stupid.
  • Ballu
    you forget the plane probably runs off a MS DOS prompt... so all the crew would need to do is ctrl alt delete then land.die
  • qwertyuiop
    Don't you need to be of a reasonable intelligence to be able to control an aircraft such as this? Last I checked, most trolly dollies hired based on looks over smarts, with the exception of American Airways employees who lack both.
  • Nobby
    > Last I checked, most trolly dollies hired based on looks over smarts, with the exception of American Airways employees who lack both. Not on RyanAir. They are hired by how much / little they will work for. Many are ugly, spotty eastern european, teenagers.
  • Inspector G.
    Interviewer: "Well Mr O'Leary, your CV looks good, but what ideas do you have that could take Ryannair to the next level?" Micheal O'Leary "Oi was tinkinking dat we could start by treating all our customers loik crap, not just bad, but really shit. Loik badmouthing them in newsreports. Loik leaving dem hundreds of moils from der destination, wit no way to get home. We'll claim its to save money, but in reality its just because it gets us into de newspapers. As dey say any publicity is good publicity. Den oyl just release a series of press releases of tings dat are bizarre, immoral, would never get CIA approval, and just plain illegal" Interviewer "Excellent, when can you start?"
  • Ryanair H.
    Ryanair don't pay that badly: http://www.ryanair.com/en/careers/job Around 12k after taxes for the first year, up to 25k gross after 1 year plus very cheap flights on all other scheduled airlines.
  • Ryanair S.
    So yeah the idea is to still have two pilots on a plane, except one of them will be serving drinks and be under paid. They will also not be flying regularly and in the event that you loose the first pilot they will be trying to remember what they learned in the minimal budget Ryanair Flying for Beginners course This numpty shouldnt be allowed to run an airline
  • Chevy
    If any further proof were needed~ for crying out loud TROLLEY DOLLIES to fly planes ~ Ryan ~ complete GOMBEEN
  • zleet
    Why bother with a plane? Why not just shoot the passengers in the general direction of their destination out of a giant cannon?
  • The B.
    Perhaps they could also remove the jets and replace them with propellers powered by passengers peddaling?
  • Newspapers B.
    [...] Friday, we quoted from an interview with Sky Marshall Michael O’Leary of Ryanair, in which he mused over scrapping one pilot and whether a stewardess could land a plan in an [...]
  • Malena R.
    Lol Keine Feier ohne Geier.

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