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(Scotsman)   Ryanair threatens to start flying to the United States by 2019, dropping passengers on Heathrow-to-New York flights at what it considers nearby airports, such as Los Angeles or Phoenix   (scotsman.com) divider line 26
    More: Scary, Ryanair, United States, Los Angeles, long-haul, Michael O'Leary, transatlantic flight, German newspapers, low-cost carrier  
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2014-05-19 02:19:08 PM  
One of those planes will crash by then, I'm guessing. Why? Because I doubt their maintenance teams are excluded from the general cheapness and f*ckery that goes on with the rest of the airline.
 
2014-05-19 04:56:42 PM  
The airline's chief executive Michael O'Leary told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung ...

Kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?
 
2014-05-19 05:06:39 PM  
Ah yes Ryan Air - if you book to fly to Bratislava in Slovakia, they actually fly you to Vienna, Austria and bus you across the border.  All class.
 
2014-05-19 06:25:12 PM  
Ryanair is too cheap to buy a plane with LHR-PHX range. They'll drop the pax off somewhere in Newfoundland.
 
2014-05-19 06:36:57 PM  
Sign me up for one of those $20 flights to Europe!
 
2014-05-19 06:45:14 PM  

mcreadyblue: Sign me up for one of those $20 flights to Europe!


It's $20 if you're willing to have a seat inside the turbine and blow like a pinwheel to keep the plane in the air.
 
2014-05-19 07:20:29 PM  
It was bad enough when I lived in Hamburg and the cheap pikey-air flights would bring a bunch of idiots on bachelor parties wearing matching track suits to crash the Reeperbahn. Now that I live in NYC they have to bring them here too?
 
2014-05-19 08:12:21 PM  
Heh, I saw an article detailing how a pilots union was complaining about non-union Norwegian offering cheap flights to Norway, Sweden and such, and the first thing I did afterwards was look at the website for fare info.  I've been on Ryanair before, and while it's obviously cheap, I never had a problem with them.

Also, a cheap flight to Ireland would be pretty awesome.
 
2014-05-19 08:28:56 PM  

State_College_Arsonist: Heh, I saw an article detailing how a pilots union was complaining about non-union Norwegian offering cheap flights to Norway, Sweden and such, and the first thing I did afterwards was look at the website for fare info.  I've been on Ryanair before, and while it's obviously cheap, I never had a problem with them.

Also, a cheap flight to Ireland would be pretty awesome.




I've flown Ryan Air in Europe. If you can do without a free beverage and seats that recline in exchange for a $90 airfare it's all good.

The law needs to be changed to allow Ryan Air and easyJet to fly inside the US.
 
2014-05-19 08:51:56 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: State_College_Arsonist: Heh, I saw an article detailing how a pilots union was complaining about non-union Norwegian offering cheap flights to Norway, Sweden and such, and the first thing I did afterwards was look at the website for fare info.  I've been on Ryanair before, and while it's obviously cheap, I never had a problem with them.

Also, a cheap flight to Ireland would be pretty awesome.

I've flown Ryan Air in Europe. If you can do without a free beverage and seats that recline in exchange for a $90 airfare it's all good.

The law needs to be changed to allow Ryan Air and easyJet to fly inside the US.


We already have something like that, it's called Spirit and it can DIAF. Crap service, frequent delays, idiot fees.
 
2014-05-19 09:01:56 PM  

Cubansaltyballs: One of those planes will crash by then, I'm guessing. Why? Because I doubt their maintenance teams are excluded from the general cheapness and f*ckery that goes on with the rest of the airline.


Their entire fleet is about the newest of any major airline, something like average of four years compared to most US majors who average fourteen to eighteen years old airframes. I've flown Ryanair a few times and the plane has been spotless every time.
And I actually like flying to the tiny out of the way airports.The two in Sweden I fly to, Skavsta and Vasteras, are both so small the walk from the steps of the bus to the steps of the plane is about a hundred yards, including check in, security and the passenger lounge. Beats having to fight your way through Heathrow or Gatwick.
 
2014-05-19 09:26:01 PM  

State_College_Arsonist: Heh, I saw an article detailing how a pilots union was complaining about non-union Norwegian offering cheap flights to Norway, Sweden and such, and the first thing I did afterwards was look at the website for fare info.  I've been on Ryanair before, and while it's obviously cheap, I never had a problem with them.

Also, a cheap flight to Ireland would be pretty awesome.


The non-union part is only part of the issue. They call themselves Norwegian, but the flight crews are mostly Thais being paid Thai wages. Kinda like if American or United started hiring all H1B pilots and flight attendants from India or Bangladesh. Not really cool IMO.
 
2014-05-19 09:32:40 PM  
I can see a Ryanair flight getting 1000 miles out over the ocean and then the crew shaking down the passengers for cash to keep flying. I don't think hard plastic seats will be comfortable either.
 
2014-05-19 09:44:43 PM  

buzzcut73: The non-union part is only part of the issue. They call themselves Norwegian, but the flight crews are mostly Thais being paid Thai wages. Kinda like if American or United started hiring all H1B pilots and flight attendants from India or Bangladesh. Not really cool IMO.


So like pretty much every cruise line.
 
2014-05-19 10:22:18 PM  
I suspect at 6'5" I'm a foot too tall for this airline. Instead of being just 8" too tall on United.
 
2014-05-19 10:28:47 PM  
Lot's of hate from people who've never flown RyanAir before...
 
2014-05-19 10:49:12 PM  
Ryanair regularly submits press releases about "future plans" that are not even intended to come to fruition. It's a form of free publicity and whoever submits these links should feel dumb and ashamed.
 
2014-05-19 11:04:13 PM  

Flint Ironstag: Cubansaltyballs: One of those planes will crash by then, I'm guessing. Why? Because I doubt their maintenance teams are excluded from the general cheapness and f*ckery that goes on with the rest of the airline.

Their entire fleet is about the newest of any major airline, something like average of four years compared to most US majors who average fourteen to eighteen years old airframes. I've flown Ryanair a few times and the plane has been spotless every time.
And I actually like flying to the tiny out of the way airports.The two in Sweden I fly to, Skavsta and Vasteras, are both so small the walk from the steps of the bus to the steps of the plane is about a hundred yards, including check in, security and the passenger lounge. Beats having to fight your way through Heathrow or Gatwick.


Heathrow and Gatwick are in the UK, silly, not Sweden.

/I know
//just thought it was funny
 
2014-05-20 12:03:23 AM  

State_College_Arsonist: Heh, I saw an article detailing how a pilots union was complaining about non-union Norwegian offering cheap flights to Norway, Sweden and such, and the first thing I did afterwards was look at the website for fare info.  I've been on Ryanair before, and while it's obviously cheap, I never had a problem with them.

Also, a cheap flight to Ireland would be pretty awesome.


I was listening to WTOP the other day (from DC) and they had ads from the pilots unions about this.

I had no idea what it was until I spent a few minutes Googling it, but it all makes sense now.

And yeah, looks like Spirit has some competition when it comes to shiatty cheap airlines.
 
2014-05-20 12:31:14 AM  

Solon Isonomia: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: State_College_Arsonist: Heh, I saw an article detailing how a pilots union was complaining about non-union Norwegian offering cheap flights to Norway, Sweden and such, and the first thing I did afterwards was look at the website for fare info.  I've been on Ryanair before, and while it's obviously cheap, I never had a problem with them.

Also, a cheap flight to Ireland would be pretty awesome.

I've flown Ryan Air in Europe. If you can do without a free beverage and seats that recline in exchange for a $90 airfare it's all good.

The law needs to be changed to allow Ryan Air and easyJet to fly inside the US.

We already have something like that, it's called Spirit and it can DIAF. Crap service, frequent delays, idiot fees.




Have you actually ever flown easyJet or Ryan Air? I've had much better service than USAir or AA at 1/10th the cost.
 
2014-05-20 01:23:55 AM  
id love to see how ryanair reacts to a three plus hour delay at jfk...
 
2014-05-20 01:48:37 AM  

Smokey the Bare: Lot's of hate from people who've never flown RyanAir before...


I've flown Ryanair, and don't particularly like them, but you have to know that you're not going to get very much, including the possibility that they'll hold you hostage for extra fees. I used them twice for daytrips, so the baggage rules weren't a problem, and the (lack of) comfort was tolerable for a 90 minute flight.

Once I even booked a Ryanair one-way flight that was completely free - zero Euros. It's hard to complain under those circumstances.
 
2014-05-20 07:27:49 AM  
I used Ryanair few years when studied in Germany during pentacost break. Booked 5 for 35euros, most of that was tax/fee. Flight from Frankfurt-auf to London, and another from London to Glasgow, Edinburgh to Dublin, Dublin to London, London back to Frankfurt
 
2014-05-20 07:38:09 AM  

ImpendingCynic: including the possibility that they'll hold you hostage for extra fees.


Do you mean didn't read all the details and they nickle and dimes you on things you weren't aware of, or they straight up told you to pay more or they wouldn;t fly you?
 
2014-05-20 09:27:52 AM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: I've flown Ryan Air in Europe. If you can do without a free beverage and seats that recline in exchange for a $90 airfare it's all good.


I have flown Ryan Air too. I didn't mind that part nor did I mind no in-flight magazine or TV or assigned seating any of that crap, since it was like 25 Canadian dollars to fly from London (Stanstead) to Dublin. The train ride from London out to Stanstead cost more than the plane ticket. What I did find annoying was that when you were on the plane you were bombarded with announcements of crap they wanted to sell you including snacks, magazines, train tickets, girls/guys of Ryanair Calendars and Ryanair Lottery tickets. That was irritating. So was the fact that they screwed up my passport check and I had to run pretty much the entire length of Stanstead from the gate back to check-in and then back to the gate or I would have missed my flight. Luckily thanks to my wife we were originally first in line at the gate and they were still boarding when we got back otherwise the flight would have left without us.
 
2014-05-20 01:36:09 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: The airline's chief executive Michael O'Leary told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung ...

Kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?


It really sounds better if you shout it at someone in an angry tone. "MEIN LEBEN!"
 
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