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Re: Ryanair in 2014

Post by Boeing767copilot » 01 Dec 2014, 14:35

Conférence de presse en présence du CEO de Ryanair, Michael O’Leary et de Jean-Jacques Cloquet, CEO de BSCA, à l’aéroport de Brussels South Charleroi Airport, le mardi 2 décembre :o

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Post by sn26567 » 01 Dec 2014, 18:14

Boeing767copilot wrote:Conférence de presse en présence du CEO de Ryanair, Michael O’Leary et de Jean-Jacques Cloquet, CEO de BSCA, à l’aéroport de Brussels South Charleroi Airport, le mardi 2 décembre :o
I'll be there to hear what they have to say. Apparently new flights from CRL for next summer season.

Michael O'Leary held a press conference at Shannon Airport this morning to celebrate the 13 millionth Ryanair passenger through SNN.
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Post by sn26567 » 01 Dec 2014, 18:31

sean1982 wrote:Ryanair's chief commercial Officer talks in the irish independent on FR's future plans. These are trans-atlantic services, new cabin interiors, package holidays and the projection of half of the companies growth at primary airports.
Don't forget the free WiFi !
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Post by sn26567 » 02 Dec 2014, 15:24

sn26567 wrote:
Boeing767copilot wrote:Conférence de presse en présence du CEO de Ryanair, Michael O’Leary et de Jean-Jacques Cloquet, CEO de BSCA, à l’aéroport de Brussels South Charleroi Airport, le mardi 2 décembre :o
I'll be there to hear what they have to say.
You can read the official press release about this morning's event (celebration of the 40 millionth Ryanair passenger at Charleroi) here: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=55256

But there is more than a press release to tell what really happened.

Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Lear was warmly welcomed by BSCA's CEO Jean-Jacques Cloquet. Those two have many in common.
Michael O'Leary and Jean-Jacques Cloquet
Michael O'Leary and Jean-Jacques Cloquet
After a short introduction by J.J. Cloquet, M. O'Leary made an even short presentation about the 17 years of presence of Ryanair in Charleroi.
The presentation of M. O'Leary
The presentation of M. O'Leary
In his answers to a few questions, MOL mentioned among others that
  • Ryanair had now overtaken Brussels Airlines as the number one airline in Belgium
  • Ryanair planned for 8 million passengers in CRL in five years from now
  • free WiFi is a possibility in the future, but first Europe must reduce and harmonise roaming fees
  • looking at aircraft for transatlantic flights, he had not yet found the ideal model (although he mentioned the A330 and the B787)
  • he was aiming at a dozen of destinations in the US, many of which were planned from Belgium with BRU and CRL as candidates
J.J. Cloquet then presented him two gifts: a St. Nicholas mitre and a special Red Devils tee-shirt. And of course MOL had to wear both of them for quite a while.
M. O'Leary as St Nicholas
M. O'Leary as St Nicholas
...with a Red Devils tee-shirt
...with a Red Devils tee-shirt
Both CEOs joined to cut the cake.
The cake for the celebration
The cake for the celebration
Cutting the cake
Cutting the cake
This lucky lady (a Belgian Erasmus student travelling to Bergamo) was the 40,000,000th Ryanair passenger from Charleroi.
The 40,000,000th passenger
The 40,000,000th passenger
She received a kiss from MOL...
MOL kissing the lady
MOL kissing the lady
... and from J.J. Cloquet
JJC kissing the lady
JJC kissing the lady
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The lady also received a nice bouquet.
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Michael O'Leary made a special pre-boarding announcement (before distributing chocolates and a voucher for a free Ryanair return flight to all passengers of the Bergamo flight)
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And finally it was time for those remaining at Charleroi to eat the cake (and I was served by MOL in person):
Serving and eating the cake
Serving and eating the cake
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Re: Ryanair in 2014

Post by airazurxtror » 03 Dec 2014, 14:40

Ryanair is in talks with Wi-Fi providers to provide free and reliable internet access across the European airspace.
The airline's chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs told the paper: "We want to do it, and we are going to do it. We're probably going to do it within the next 18-24 months. But we want to find the right technology.
"Wi-Fi is one of those technologies that is more advanced in the US, because you have the Gogo network from the aircraft down to the ground.
He added: "In Europe, it works by satellite so a) it's not as good a service for customers using it on board and b) it's more expensive. If you're an airline you've got to install something at the top of the aircraft which introduces 0.3pc to 0.5pc drag, which adds millions to the fuel bill."
When asked will the Wi-Fi be charged, he said: "Nope. We'd envisage that being a free service."

http://www.cbronline.com/news/tech/netw ... rs-4458550
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Post by sn26567 » 03 Dec 2014, 14:54

airazurxtror wrote:Ryanair is in talks with Wi-Fi providers to provide free and reliable internet access across the European airspace.
The airline's chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs told the paper: "We want to do it, and we are going to do it. We're probably going to do it within the next 18-24 months. But we want to find the right technology.
"Wi-Fi is one of those technologies that is more advanced in the US, because you have the Gogo network from the aircraft down to the ground.
He added: "In Europe, it works by satellite so a) it's not as good a service for customers using it on board and b) it's more expensive. If you're an airline you've got to install something at the top of the aircraft which introduces 0.3pc to 0.5pc drag, which adds millions to the fuel bill."
When asked will the Wi-Fi be charged, he said: "Nope. We'd envisage that being a free service."
As mentioned elsewhere, I have discussed this personally with MOL himself yesterday. He said that the main problem in Europe was the fact that his aircraft were flying over a dozen of countries with different legislation and different roaming rates (contradicting somehow what Kenny Jacobs mentions about the system working by satellite). MOL was not so optimistic that the problems could be solved in 18-24 months. He emphasised that he "intends" to provide free WiFi, but that it is still far away because of the different legislations. Oh yes, he also said that it would add some 3 kg per passenger to the weight of the plane, thus, indeed, a higher fuel bill...
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Re: Ryanair in 2014

Post by sn26567 » 03 Dec 2014, 15:03

In a rare confession, Michael O'Leary admitted yesterday in Charleroi that he had learned from his mistakes by neglecting passengers' frustrations and that Ryanair was now trying to be more customer-friendly, after which he cited all the improvements introduced since a few months.

He also said that the new business packages had been introduced in response to changing markets (i.e. probably easyJet's example).
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Re: Ryanair in 2014

Post by Flanker2 » 03 Dec 2014, 16:45

A voucher for a free return ticket! Wow!
The only way you get that at SN is if you get cooking hot Skydrol over you.

If FR installs free wifi, then they would have an edge over the competitors. Who'd be still foolish to avoid them, mentioning their inferior services?

I've been on numerous AY flights recently and on a BA (British) one.
All have those stupid Recaro seats. FR seems to be the only airline left with a decent seat.
Now that they've ended their noisy announcements, there is nothing NOTHING! to differentiate them from their competitors, if not a more straight-forward travel experience, with less walking times.
Anyone that still claims FR is inferior to any other airline must have their head stuck in the sand.

The only thing FR has to remember is where they came from. They should not forget about those low yield pax that helped them get where they are.

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Post by sn26567 » 03 Dec 2014, 17:27

During an interview with Trends, the CEO of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, said he got an "incentive" from Brussels Airport, where he became in a few months the third company in number of passenger. Here is part of the interview (more in the magazine). Brussels Airport denies ...

Did Ryanair get a discount in Zaventem?

Did the wind turn in favour of Ryanair in Zaventem? While in Charleroi Airport to celebrate the 40 millionth passenger of the company in Gosselies, Michael O'Leary said he was pleased with the sales efforts of Brussels Airport. Significantly more than in November 2013, when he announced the arrival of Ryanair in Zaventem for February 2014, with 10 flights. He said: "We will pay exactly the same high fees than other companies." The situation seems to have changed ...

Trends. You are still attached to Charleroi airport?

Michael O'Leary. When we announced the launch of routes from Zaventem, we heard comments: it was bad news for Charleroi, everything was moving to Zaventem. This is not true. We open four new routes this winter in Charleroi. We continue to invest here. Growth will leave. In 2014 there has been a small decline of 200,000 passengers, next year could reach +4%.

Have you reached the 1.5 million passengers per year promised in Zaventem, when you announced the arrival of the company at this airport last February?

We will exceed this figure. For the first 12 months of operation, we should reach 2 million passengers. Plus 5.2 to 5,300,000 in Charleroi for the whole year. This will make a net growth of 1.5 to 2 million passengers.

Do you think you will be number one in Belgium in 2014 for the number of passengers?

We already are. We will reach 7 million; Brussels Airlines, around 6 million ...

You made large orders, the fleet will increase from 300 to 520 aircraft over 10 years. Where do you get growth?

Half of the growth will come from secondary airports like Charleroi, and the other half from the major airports like Zaventem.

Will you develop you in Germany? This is a huge market where you weigh only 4% (25% in Belgium).

This is a huge market that changes very slowly. The big players, Lufthansa and Air Berlin, charge high prices, and airports saw no reason to make discounts to encourage Ryanair to grow. Now Air Berlin and Lufthansa have reduced their European routes, so we see strong growth. We opened Cologne, and will open 3-4 new bases in the next 12-18 months. We had to wait until airports were ready to negotiate.

For "discount", you talk about sliding-scale fee, based on volume?

Yes, in exchange for growth.

Did you negotiate a discount with Zaventem?

There is an incentive for growth, yes. The airport is studying the extension of incentives to growth. They recognize that if it wants to grow in the future, with Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa (largest shareholder of Brussels Airlines, ed.) has no commitment in that company, they want traffic for Germany. Brussels Airlines continues to have high prices (1). Brussels Airport needs Ryanair to grow. (Contacted by us this Wednesday, the airport denies. "We have not granted any incentive, despite repeated requests," said the spokeswoman for Brussels Airport, Florence Muls)

You have launched a flexible ticket, Business Plus, for businesspeople. Does it work?

Yes, very well. 25% of our traffic was already for business, more than 20 million people, but we did not do anything special for this clientèle. So we did a package by putting together a flexible offer, the formalities in fast track, priority boarding, ... and it works well.

Why not push the flexibility to make this ticket refundable, as is often the case for a business ticket?

It would make the ticket significantly more expensive. Yet most business customers do not want the refund, they especially want flexibility. We do not want the worries of high fare airlines. If you have a fully flexible ticket, you can lose your income for the day of travel without being able to resell the seat. Then you are obliged to overbook, with sometimes worries at boarding.

Is the drop in the oil good news for you?

Frankly we prefer stable fuel costs. It is not good for the industry that the price of oil climbs or falls abruptly. This causes too much volatility. Anyway we "hedge" (financial security to insure the price of fuel purchased in the following months, Ed.).

Basically, when one buys a Ryanair ticket, one essentially buys fuel?

No ... Fuel represents 40% of the ticket, the 60% is everything else ...

(1) Brussels Airlines has however launched a lower rate, Check & Go, from 69 euros return, for European flights since September and is experiencing significant growth this year. Ryanair is one of the lowest (39.98 euros).

Full article (French): http://trends.levif.be/economie/entrepr ... er-RNBTECZ
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Post by airazurxtror » 03 Dec 2014, 19:16

Brussels Airlines has however launched a lower rate, Check & Go, from 69 euros return, for European flights since September and is experiencing significant growth this year. Ryanair is one of the lowest (39.98 euros).


There is a difference, which is very rarely stressed in the newspapers : Brussels Airlines 69 euros fare - if you can find one, which is not that easy - is a return fare, available at fixed dates, with the return only at certain dates fixed by the airline - very rarely (if ever) on the same day, often at least three days later.

The Ryanair fare (19,99 euros) is for a single flight, with the return at any date (even the same day) or by another way or not at all - much more flexible.
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Post by sdbelgium » 04 Dec 2014, 10:43

Ryanair Holdings Plc (RYA) upgraded its full-year profit goal for the third time this year.

(...)

Annual profit after tax for the 12 months to March 31 will be in the range of 810 million euros to 830 million euros, compared with 750 million euros to 770 million euros predicted just four weeks ago.
Source: bloomberg.com

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Post by Atlantis » 04 Dec 2014, 19:00

Not in 2014 but the near future.

In brief. Ryanair will use it's Brussels Airport base for their future long haul flights. They think to connect 12 American cities with Brussels.
Also a connection with CRL is possible

http://www.express.be/sectors/nl/logist ... 209675.htm

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Re: Ryanair in 2014

Post by airazurxtror » 04 Dec 2014, 21:29

Ryanair today (4 Dec) released customer and load factor statistics for November as follows:
Traffic grew by 22% to over 6.35m customers.
Load factor increased 7% points to 88%.
Rolling annual traffic to November grew 5% to 85.4m customers. - See more at: https://www.aviation24.be/airlines_press_r ... customers/

Ryanair noted that it had materially exceeded its first month load factor targets across a significant number of city pair markets where it is offering business type frequencies in direct competition to longer established, higher fare airlines as the following examples illustrate:

From Dublin on 3 new routes to Brussels (3 daily), Glasgow (3) and Cologne (1) in competition with Aer Lingus, the first month load factor was 80%.
(...)

As a result of this better than expected performance in month one, of its substantially expanded winter schedule, Ryanair has now revised its full year traffic guidance up from 89m to just over 90m customers, and raised its full year profit after-tax forecast from its previous range of €750m to €770m, to a new range of €810m to €830m. Ryanair noted that the final full year profit will still be heavily reliant on close in bookings and yields in Q4 (Jan – Mar 15) over which it presently has very little visibility.
- See more at: https://www.aviation24.be/airlines_press_r ... customers/
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Post by OO-ITR » 04 Dec 2014, 23:20

airazurxtror wrote: There is a difference, which is very rarely stressed in the newspapers : Brussels Airlines 69 euros fare - if you can find one, which is not that easy - is a return fare, available at fixed dates, with the return only at certain dates fixed by the airline - very rarely (if ever) on the same day, often at least three days later.
<sigh> once again can you please speak in your own name because your continuous Ryanair propaganda is getting boring. Honestly!!!

20% growth month after month shows that people DO find these low fares and with these convenient schedules. So you can't find them, bad luck for you! But as a Ryanair fanboy I honestly don't think you spend much time on SN's website...

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Post by ticketbuyer » 05 Dec 2014, 11:44

Six weeks ago our favorite Irishman said ' Ryanair could feed Lufthansa or Air France', today ATW reports that 'Air France-KLM is considering partnerships with low-cost carriers'. Sacre bleu!

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Post by sean1982 » 05 Dec 2014, 12:22

New Ryanair base in the Azores at Ponto Delgada with routes to London STN, Lisbon and Porto :)

http://corporate.ryanair.com/news/news/ ... ?market=ie

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Post by sn26567 » 05 Dec 2014, 15:27

Ryanair) CEO Michael O'Leary says the Irish budget carrier will likely lease in seven additional aircraft to cover next year's summer high season. The airline currently operates 302 B737-800s on flights covering 180 destinations scattered throughout Europe and North Africa.

This year, the LCC leased four B737-400s, split between Air Explore (ED, Bratislava) and Air Contractors (AG, Dublin Int'l), three B737-800s from flydubai (FZ, Dubai Int'l), and a maiden A320-200 from defunct Italian carrier Livingston Air (JN, Milan Malpensa), for the duration of summer.

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Post by danieln » 05 Dec 2014, 16:26

sean1982 wrote:New Ryanair base in the Azores at Ponto Delgada with routes to London STN, Lisbon and Porto :)

http://corporate.ryanair.com/news/news/ ... ?market=ie
Maybe it is a stupid question, but would it be possible to fly directly between Ponta Delgada and USA or Canada with a Boeing 737? If yes, I am just doing a suggestion to Ryanair. You're welcome Michael O'Leary! :-)

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Post by galaxy » 06 Dec 2014, 00:23

danieln wrote:would it be possible to fly directly between Ponta Delgada and USA or Canada with a Boeing 737?
Yes, it's possible,depending off the 737 version

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/d ... html?n=271

737-800 - Standard range with 162 passengers 3585km (1990nm) or 5445km (2940nm) for high gross weight version.
737-900 - Standard range with 177 passengers 3815km (2060nm), high gross weight version 5083km (2458nm).

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Re: Ryanair in 2014

Post by airazurxtror » 08 Dec 2014, 22:11

http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/t ... 08972.html

Last week, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that his Government was scrapping APD for under 12s from May 2015.
The news, which will save at least £13/€16.50 per child flying from UK airports, was welcomed by airlines and the travel industry.
Refunds are being offered by all airlines for customers who have already bought tickets for under 12s to fly from May 1.

But Ryanair has gone a step further and has said it will issue refunds five weeks earlier.
“To ensure even greater savings for the millions of UK families flying Ryanair at Easter, Ryanair will refund APD for all children who check in on flights departing the UK from March 27, 2015 onwards,” said Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer.

They really have changed our Ryanair of old ...
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