Ryanair CEO Hangs with Bikini-Clad Employees, Might Be the Sketchiest Ever [VIDEO]
12:03 pm, November 5th | by Amy Tennery
Ryanair has long struggled with a bit of an image problem. It is notoriously unpopular among fliers, earning the title of “least favorite airline” — likely due in no small part to CEO Michael O’Leary’s seemingly stingy attitude toward passengers. You want examples? Right this way.
He’s long pushed to install pay-for-use toilets on his planes — and once proposed removing toilets in order to cram more passengers on flights. And, so long as we’re on the subject, O’Leary also tried to get a standing-room fare installed for flights, in a bid to make turbulence all that much more terrifying, one would suppose.
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Ryanair was caught in another customer-relations kerfuffle last year when a passenger claimed she wasn’t allowed to board because the ink on her ticket wasn’t dark enough. Around the same time, O’Leary settled a defamation case with the head of the Airline Pilots Association, after reportedly referring to him as a “failed Aer Lingus pilot” on national T.V.
A group of passengers once accused Ryanair of abandoning them on the wrong Canary Island. The Irish Paralympian table tennis team said it was left in flux last year after Ryanair reportedly “refused to allow more than four wheelchair passengers to travel at any one time,” according to the Belfast Telegraph.
We could do this all day. Bottom line: Ryanair got problems. But, as we learned after the President of France reportedly took legal action against the airline for a series of ads that featured an unauthorized photo of Carla Bruni, Ryanair doesn’t give two hoots about its image.
Which brings us to this: the launch of Ryanair’s 2012 Cabin Crew Charity Calendar, which I guess women actually try out for, or something. And if you win you get to pose in your skivvies for a calendar. Yay. Here’s a video from last year’s launch, to give you a quick idea how this all goes down.