Ryanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, have had a little accident today at Dublin Airport involving two of their aircraft crashing into each other.
The winglet of one of the Irish airline’s Boeing 737s scraped against the tail of another. Both planes, one heading to Edinburgh and the other to Charleroi, Belgium, were returned to the stand.
No injuries were reported but minor delays to other flights were expected after the incident on Tuesday morning.
A Ryanair spokeswoman said: “Both aircraft were under the instruction of Dublin airport air traffic control at the time. There was no impact on customers on board. Affected customers will board two replacement aircraft which will depart to Brussels Charleroi and Edinburgh later this morning. Ryanair apologises sincerely to customers for any inconvenience.”
The winglet of one plane was broken off in the incident.
Emergency services attended the scene, and government air accident investigators will conduct an inquiry.
Dublin airport has resumed normal service, although Ryanair said passengers could be delayed as a result of the incident.
Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, have reportedly been involved in a collision between two of their aircraft at Seville airport.
According to the report on the ABC de Sevilla website, both aircraft were pushed back from their stands at the same time resulting in the wing from one aircraft striking the tail of the other causing minor damage (see image) and a resulting delay to the passengers on both aircraft.
In other news, Ryanair are cutting services at Edinburgh airport axing flights to destinations including Fuerteventura, Spain, and Frankfurt from October, adding to the five routes that the wannabe airline said in February it would remove from its summer schedule.
The cuts will reduce the number of its passengers using Edinburgh by about 500,000 a year — from 1.8m to 1.3m, and cost 500 jobs, according to Ryanair.
Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, are experiencing a few issues today with their website but have so far failed to explain to anyone what the problems are being caused by and how passengers will be affected.
Online bookings are still unavailable as is the online check-in system that passengers are forced to use in order to avoid being shafted at the airport for checking in there. How many will be charged later today or tomorrow morning?
What are this shambolic airline playing at?
This is the same Ryanair that reckon they can ditch co-pilots seeing as computers do all the flying on aircraft.
The online booking and check-in system for Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, has been down for over an hour today.
Passengers hoping to check-in 5 hours before their flight today will now likely have now been stung for not checking in online and will have to pay when they arrive at the airport.
With regards to the booking system going down for what Ryanair call “essential system maintenance”, we have crudely calculated that this website crash will be costing the airline a size-able sum of cash.
Take August this year for example. 7.6 million passengers flown. That’s just over 250,000 passenger bookings per day, equating to around 10,500 per hour. Taking £50 as an estimate of revenue per passenger, this would mean Ryanair have lost over £500,000 in bookings since 12.30pm today.
What a joke Lyingair are. Having to shut down their booking system when they want to make a tiny edit to the website such as adding the fabricated passenger testimonials. We recommend going and having a read of those, they are incredibly funny and oh so obviously written by someone at Lyingair.
A Boeing 737-800 operated by Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, had a very near miss with a glider whilst on approach to land at Bremen in Germany.
The aircraft, registration EI-EKJ and performing flight FR3665 from Italy to Bremen in Germany, was on approach to runway 27 when the crew saw a glider in very close proximity to it.
The Ryanair jet was able to continue the approach and it landed safely about 5 minutes later.
Germany’s Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) reported that the separation between the Ryanair Boeing 737-800 and the glider was reduced to 0.36nm laterally. The minimum vertical separation was estimated at 200 feet by the Ryanair crew.
The FAA have ordered airlines to perform an emergency inspection of some 600 Boeing 737 airplanes after vibrations caused by a broken tail flap mechanism forced the diversion of a flight operated by Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline.
The Ryanair flight using a Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DYI and performing flight FR-5407 from Eindhoven to Madrid with 146 passengers, was climbing out of Eindhoven having reached FL240 just northeast of Brussels, when the crew reported technical problems.
The Ryanair flightcrew diverted from the intended route and made an uneventful landing.
The FAA then received a report from Boeing detailing the failure of the aft attach lugs on the left elevator tab control mechanism, which resulted in severe elevator vibration.
Sandy Angers, a Seattle-based spokeswoman for Boeing Co., said the company identified the problem after the Ryanair incident when a flight crew noticed “excessive” vibration and was forced to divert.
“There is a safety concern,” she said. “When we become aware of these types of issues, we respond quickly.”
Angers said the order effects about 600 “next-generation Boeing 737s, including the -600, -700, -800, and -900 series.
Subsequent investigation revealed extensive damage to the elevator tab control system. Severe vibration in this attach point is suspected of allowing rapid wear of the joint, and resulted in failure of the attach lugs.
This condition, if not corrected, could “result in a loss of aircraft control and structural integrity” and could thus cause a crash.
Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, have had a pretty crap year and we have been busy ensuring that you heard all about it. From breaches of safety to being ordered to pay compensation to passengers, employing the nastiest scams in order to rip you all off, closing routes without notice, low level buzzing of grannies and making nasty threats to Boeing. It’s what Ryanair are all about!
A year in the life of Ryanair.
Following a quiet January. Ryanair cocked up by locking in fuel prices of $124 a barrel for 80 per cent of its consumption during the third quarter, but the price of oil collapsed to a low of $33. This left O’Leary €102 million in the red.
In late February, rumours starting doing the rounds that O’Leary was looking at imposing a charge on his aircraft for using the toilet. We thought this really took the piss and reported it on the 27th Feb in our article “Spend a penny? How about a pound“.
March was all about the Ryanair Porn Star Edita Schindlerova. The 22 year old secretly appears in X-rated movies and gets a good shafting as ‘Edita Bente’ when not part of shafting Ryanair customers.
In April, Mr O’Leary came up with his idea of a Ryanair Fat Tax for over weight passengers. For logistical and legal reasons, the plan died. Human rights advocates also believed that it may have resulted in an absurd situation where the airline was unable to charge its fattest passengers because that would classify as discrimination against the disabled but would be able to charge the “mildly overweight”!
June was the month of the Ryanair scam but not before they somehow managed to piss off the Queen of Spain after they used a photo of Queen Sofia in an advertisement for the budget airline.
The scams then came thick and fast with Ryanair first launching the SMS booking confirmation scam. As we reported, if online check in is now mandatory, why the need for an SMS confirmation?
Then came the Ryanair coach ticket scam which offered tickets billed as being substantially cheaper than if you were to buy in the airport, a blatant lie and a time consuming scam for passengers.
This was followed by the Ryanair visa check scam. This has caught out thousands of passengers and netted Ryanair hundreds of thousands of pounds in illegal charges.
We also reported a shocking story regarding Ryanair employing transvestite cabin crew on their flights. The saucy little minx was spotted on a Ryanair flight from Stansted and looked thoroughly pleased with the attention she/he was getting whilst performing the pre-flight checks.
In July, Ryanair were reprimanded by the OFT following scores of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority regarding their “free” flights. Ryanair were made to promise to give greater prominence to information regarding “optional” charges, such as those for checking in luggage.
O’Leary also decided that making passengers stand on flights would allow him to squeeze a few more onboard and thus a few more pennies into his fat piggy bank. Passengers would be eligible for a 50% saving if they booked these “vertical seats”. Quite how a 50% discount from a ticket that is being already sold at only £1 can attract anyone we just don’t know.
We announced on 17th July – “Ryanair leaving you in middle of nowhere again” – that Ryanair were launching new services from Oslo (Rygge). Here we demonstrated that Rygge is so far away from Oslo and flies to such poorly located airports that a trip to Barcelona would take over 8 hours.
In August, Ryanair accused the company that runs Stansted airport (BAA) of being “a bunch of overcharging rapists” and that they were “scamming” the airlines that use these airports. Ha ha ha, how hypocritical of you Mr O’Leary.
October saw an opportunity for Ryanair, Ireland’s largest carrier, to show solidarity with it’s country folk traveling to Paris for the France v Ireland World Cup clash by lowering fares. They duly increased fares to Paris by 1000%. Nice one O’Leary.
Ryanair kicked off November with an announcement that they were planning on increasing the “fine” passengers who forget to print out their own boarding cards are made to pay to €100. Mr O’Leary claimed the fee increase would help eliminate the number of passengers who show up at check-in desks without their boarding pass.
Some good news followed when we reported that Surfbox, an Irish internet company, were offering print outs of passenger boarding cards as a service for just €1. Surfbox said 100 Ryanair passengers a day are printing off their boarding cards at its kiosks in Dublin airport. The estimated loss in ancillary revenue to Ryanair stands at about €117,000 per month
Ryanair replied by closing all six of its routes to and from Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city. Basel airport had refused to be shafted by the demands Ryanair where making over airport fees. Good on them we say.
November 9th saw the inaugural Holiday Extras Customers’ Awards 2009 take place at a stylish ceremony at The Hempel Hotel in London. It came as no surprise to see that Ryanair, the world’s most hated airline, won absolutely nothing.
A court in Dublin then awarded three Ryanair passengers €6,000 (£5,300) in compensation for a flight that was cancelled in 2007. The customers had booked the flight from London to Carcassonne, France, in September 2007, and when it was cancelled had sought redress from Ryanair. With none forthcoming, they contacted EUClaim, a Netherlands-based company that represents airline passengers.
We followed up with a report that Ryanair were being sued by members of a small community near the northern German city of Lübeck who have filed a lawsuit against the grotty, evil, Irish carrier after a low-flying plane allegedly put an 82-year-old woman in the hospital.
Bad tempered O’Leary obviously then got the hump and decided to start bullying Boeing into lowering it’s fees on a potential 200 aircraft deal.
A website visitor then alerted us to the fact that Ryanair were closing ALL flights in and out of Bristol in 2010.
In an effort to cover up the nosediving public opinion, Ryanair launched it’s new corporate logo to be painted on all its aircraft. The no-thrills airline hired a top Dublin based branding consultancy to come up with the design that better reflects company values.