The Anonymous Widower

Don’t Pay Extra For Seats (Unless It’s Ryanair)

The ritle of this post is the same as that of an article in today’s copy of The Times.

It said that if you don’t pay for seats on a flight nine out of ten get to sitwith their travelling companions.

However, if you don’t pay on Tyanair, more than half were seated away from their friends.

I never pay, but in most cases I travel alone!

It all looks like another reason to not fly Ryanair!

March 12, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Ryanair Plane Seized Over €500k Debt

The title of this post is the same as that of a short article in today’s Times.

Surely, it is another reason to fly with someone else!

November 10, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

O’Leary Gets His Planning Wrong

This article on the BBC talks about the mess Ryanair has got itself into.

I have not flown Ryanair since June 2009, when I flew to Lamezia in Southern Italy.

In Why I Avoid Flying Ryanair, written in February 2014, I said this.

It’s not the fact that I want to avoid eleven hour delays, as these can happen to any airline, but it does seem that Ryanair don’t have a reasonable Plan-B to look after passengers in such circumstances.

In the current mess they haven’t even got a Plan-A!

Even now at seventy, I could probably write a program in Visual Basic 6, that took an airline’s schedules and gave them details of their needs for aircraft, pilots, cabin staff and lucky shamrocks for a required number of years.

Obviously, their planning doesn’t include such a system.

But I bet Norwegian have such a system!

The key to any successful business is getting your planning right!

“It Won’t Happen To Me!”

Do passengers think this when they fly somewhere.

Let’s face it, most of the journeys we do by car, bus and train in the UK, have an outcome as expected or perhaps we might get compensation for a late train.

And if the latter happens, we usually get a prompt refund.

Unlike in my adventures described in From Hamburg To Osnabruck By Train, where I suffered at the hands of Deutsche Bahn in Germany, where I had to pay for my hotel and had to buy a new ticket.

Conclusion

My rule is to use Ryanair as an airline of last resort, when they are the only airline flying to where I want to go. So if they mess up on the outward leg, I get an extra night in my own bed.

But then I can afford some extra expense and often, I’m travelling alone.

 

September 19, 2017 Posted by | Computing, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Why I Avoid Flying Ryanair

This video and story from the Cambridge News, illustrates well, why I avoid flying on Ryanair, if I possibly can.

It’s not the fact that I want to avoid eleven hour delays, as these can happen to any airline, but it does seem that Ryanair don’t have a reasonable Plan-B to look after passengers in such circumstances.

February 24, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , | 1 Comment

I’m With Michael O’Leary on This One!

Michael O’Leary claims in this article in the Independent, that he’ll price luggage out of the hold.

He has a point, as if we want to get cheap reliable flights, then everybody should take the minimum they can get away with. But then I travel light!

I also think that people should pay more on a flight for their own excess baggage.  Luckily, I’ve never had the non-pleasure of sitting next to a doughnut addict on a flight.

August 1, 2013 Posted by | News, Transport | , | Leave a comment

How To Buy Airliners

I found this article entitled Ryanair Orders 175 Boeings, but CEO Wants More Seats, Less Baggage, whilst looking for an article about baggage.

It really does show how Boeing and Airbus are not providing airlines with what they want.

I wonder how long it will be before we are all weighed with our baggage before we go on an airliner. I wouldn’t object, but it would probably make flying just that little bit cheaper.

June 29, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ryanair Provokes A Few Thoughts

This article on the BBC web site, asking if Ryanair really is Europe’s most punctual airline provokes a few thoughts. The data is suspect on the headline question, but as Charles Babbage said, “Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all”, so there is probably a degree of truth in Ryanair’s posturing.

If I look at my recent flights to and from Majorca, Schipol, Budapest and Geneva on easyJet, none of these were late and you could argue that the return from Geneva was an hour or so early, as I exchanged waiting in a lonely airport for an earlier flight.

When I choose a flight, my criteria are based on a classic objective function, involving several factors.

The choice of airports is important, both at the London end and the destination. although, I’ve used it for years, I tend to avoid Stansted, for no better reason, than I can’t get a good meal before I fly. Gatwick is now very easy for me and I like the quickness of Southend.  I think, I would only avoid Luton specifically on an outward journey, although, it would probably be acceptable on a return.

The flight time is important to me as well. If I have a chance, I’ll fly out at a time that is convenient for a relaxed journey to the airport and one that gets me to my destination at a time, where I can get to my hotel with ease.

I only ever these days, carry one small article of hand baggage, so a lot of the luggage conditions airlines apply don’t bother me. So long as my case-cum-briefcase fits under the seat in front, I don’t care.

I actually prefer choose-your-own-seat on getting on the plane, as it makes the boarding process quicker and I can wait until the last minute to get an aisle seat, hopefully next to a pretty young woman or intelligent-looking person, which will enable me to make a quick exit. How about a no-baggage except for a very small under-seat item, discount? After all, easyJet are warning there is not enough space in the overhead lockers.

But the thing I hate is airlines that have a bad attitude, that grates with my normally calm disposition.  So I will not choose to fly Ryanair again, until they reform some of their aggressive attitudes. I don’t know whether they still play that awful landing fanfare, as it’s been some time since I experienced their hospitality.

I also value my safety, so their are certain airlines I would never fly.

Cost if only relevant, if it is just too much.  Why get the flight for £50, when you fly to an airport miles from the city centre, when you are going to spend say a hundred or so a night on a decent hotel.

I’m intending to fly to Stockholm soon and come back by train. Applying my criteria what do I find.

Three airlines fly at a reasonable price to Stockholm, Ryanair, Norwegian Air and British Airways.

Ryanait get dropped, as they fly to some neck-end airport miles from Stockholm. A friend flew there recently and said it was a long journey.

So I have a choice of two airlines. I think I’ll try British Airways

May 26, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts on Airliners in the Volcanic Dust

As I’ve said before I’m an experienced, although no longer current pilot. I’m also an engineer, who has always been interested in the way planes work and also what causes accidents.

I respect airlines like Lufthansa, British Airways and KLM.  They have excellent safety records and would in my view do nothing rash.  After all, if you took a chance and you had a serious crash, even one without any injuries, your airline would go down the toilet.  So when Lufthansa says that they found no damage after flying through the volcanic dust, I trust their engineers to have checked and checked that there is no damage and their spokesman to be truthful and not put any spin on it.

But these airlines are not the problem, as I believe that all A-list airlines would never do anything that would knowingly compromise safety.  Suppose though that airliners were allowed to be flown in the current state of volcanic dust, but with certain conditions on flight and maintenance rules.  It wouldn’t just apply to the good ones, but to the bad and the ugly too! 

Can governments afford for Air Neck-End to have an accident? 

Of course they can’t!  So they have to legislate not for the best with special rules, but for those airlines that I would never use on grounds of safety.  You’ll probably find that it’s all to do with competition rules and you can’t use safety fears to keep new entrants out of the market.

Let’s also at this point put in a good word for Ryanair.  They have been more than honest with cancelling their schedules for longer than their competitors.  It may be prudent too, so that you don’t have masses of people swilling round the check-in desks. O’Leary is no fool.

But I’m also reminded about a story from Liverpool University.  One of my fellow students came from Derby.  He told how Rolls-Royce bought time-expired chickens to use for testing jet engines.

I hope that large quantities of the volcanic dust are being fired through something like a Trent.

Note that the engine being tested at Derby in the mid-1960s was the RB211, the engine that bankrupted Rolls-Royce.  The Trent is a derivative from that engine and to say it has been successful would be an understatement. The basic design is older than my children.

So we should let the pilots, engineers and air traffic controllers sort this problem out and keep the politicians well out of the way.  And if it means we have different rules for different airlines to satisfy the safety needs, so be it!

April 19, 2010 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Sheffield City Airport

Sheffield is one of the largest cities in Europe without a major airport.

It did have one, called Sheffield City Airport, and for a time just after it opened in 1996, it was reasonably successful.   But it closed a couple of years ago and now it is being turned into a business park.

The reasons it closed was because it was designed to take limited short take-off and landing aircraft like London City.  But unlike that airport, it couldn’t sustain the high value traffic that airports like that need for profit and growth.

On a more general point, Sheffield had too short a runway, to attract the low-cost airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet and in any case Manchester, Leeds and East Midlands were all within an hours drive.  There is now even the new Robin Hood Airport on the former RAF Finningley.

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Check-In Chaos

It would appear that you can cut costs so far, but there is a limit to how far you can go.  There was chaos at Stansted on Saturday, as Ryanair‘s agent Swissport did not provide enough people on the check-in desks.

Who is to blame is unclear, as neither Ryanair or Swissport have appeared to have commented.

It makes me even more certain that I’ll avoid cheap airlines unless I can carry everything on my back or in my jacket.

In fairness I should say that I’ve never been late with Ryanair, but then I’ve never put anything in the hold and always check-in on-line.

August 3, 2009 Posted by | News, Transport | | 2 Comments