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Ryanair encourages staff to lose weight
Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, with the 2012 calendar
Is there any area Ryanair considers off-limits? The airline has already endeared itself to the public with such hot topics as whether or not overweight passengers need to pay more, considering whether it can ask its passengers to stand during flights in order to cram more on board and actually charging people £60 to print your boarding pass. Oh, and sorry, lest we forget, mooting the idea of charging people to use the loo by installing a coin-operated mechanism.
Most of these ideas seem to have been ploys for publicity but the latest statement from Stephen McNamara, a spokesperson for the airline, reveals that the airline cuts costs in many ways, one of which is reducing the amount of weight a plane carries, so that it uses less fuel.
Talking about one of the more inventive ways to lighten the load, McNamara told the Independent: "We... considered removing armrests but decided against it. We even encourage staff to watch their weight - with the motivation of appearing in the annual Ryanair calendar."
For most people, there are two major issues with this. First, the Ryanair calendar - which has already courted controversy for objectifying women - features only women. Where, then, is the incentive for male stewards? Or is the airline simply subscribing to the old 'trolly-dolly' ethos? Gone is the era when airlines' female cabin crew were expected to be as good at being eye candy as refreshing a drink.
Second is the equally weighty issue of dictating to staff about body size. Does the airline in fact have the right to do this?
Perhaps Ryanair would do better to focus on publicising other measures it has undertaken to cut costs, rather than such perceived gimmicks. For instance, it has made sizeable inroads into its printing costs by doubling up the in-flight magazine with the menu. This move alone has saved almost £400,000. There's something to celebrate - a policy that is both financially and environmentally friendly.
What do you think of the airline's policies?
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1. Remove Michael O'Leary's armrests.
2. Make him pay for the use of a toilet.
3.Get him to pose in his underpants for a calender.
4. Put him on the menu.
5. Sack him.
I estimate the cost saving to be approx. £6 million.
...More lunacy from the masters of comic aviation.
No, O'leary is not a genius, he is a lunatic and should be laughed at at every opportunity.
Remember this is the man who said that his 'planes should be flown by only one pilot because he no longer needed First Officers. He was being serious.
He is not a good publicist, he has only succeeded in making Ryanair the laughing stock of the aviation industry, and for that he deserves congratulations because flying with Ryanair is no laughing matter - it's the stuff of nightmares.
Some questions: Why is O'Leary wearing a pair of goggles in the picture? And what looks like a baggage label on his left hand? Goggles = weight loss, of course, now I get it.
This is the most stupid thing I have ever heard asking people who work for an Airline to lose weight just so they can be in a Calendar and look better for the Airline!
If anyone is advised to lose weight it should be for there health reasons,not for the pathetic idea of being in a calendar or to make the Airline more attractive if you cannot attract people to your airline using normal methods then hard luck business is crap get over it!!
Why should people be used as 'Eye Candy' to attract potential customers
As I have said many times before there are other ways to get money for charities and it doesn't have to be women or men stripping for a cheap and tacky calendar!!
I have flown with ryanair several time's, as for what there staff look like i really could'nt care
less, as long as the plane take's off & land,s close to the time's printed on the ticket,s that
suit,s me just fine, if people can not be bothered to print there ticket off, and get charged £60
for the privilege that,s there problem.
I love it, I can'nt believe that he has you all talking about this AGAIN even I am involved, he make me laugh he really talks a load of SH@@ and we know it.
But must admit some of the Trolly Dolly's are Bloody Ugly, even on other budget airlines.
To be honest, these kind of calanders DO make a tribute to a woman's mental state. Think how many young girls are making themselves puke and spraying themselves with nasty, orange tan to look like hideous chavettes The Saturdays and other such cheap and tacky creatures. I guess people cannot help being brainwashed into thinking that's attractive and any other type of image is hideous and ugly. I really think it's a shame and I can't understand how anyone could never sympathise with that type of thing.
British men, eh? Gotta love 'em in their checked shirts, clutching a copy of Zoo/Nuts while singing football songs. Silly little lads
Not this stupid attitude, is this really what we are now. From kings , leaders to a bunch of pancies.
dam you people are so easily pushed over, you would believe anything they tell you.
they worked you over big time. you.ll see in time.