As far as sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is concerned, public figures, media or bloggers have always considered that the man always had a temper. The latest fit of anger of the infamous founder of easyJet regards the pay increase easyJet’s board granted themselves. It may seem exaggerated considering easyJet’s excellent results. But is it, really?
Spain has a love-hate relationship with Ryanair. Yesterday, a Spanish High Court confirmed for El Pais that Ryanair was condemned to pay 220.000€ as the airline was accused of breaking the law through abusive clauses. However, will the carrier be able to pay the fee when one knows it only holds 67€ on its … Read more
Here is a new that easyJet’s pilots won’t enjoy. Carolyn McCall, the CEO of the company, is set to receive an extra bonus of £2.7m, effectively raising her salary by 75pc. This information was revealed today by the Guardian, the newspaper having broken down the pay Mrs. McCall is to receive (in total, about £6.4m). … Read more
Alitalia, Italy’s cash-strapped loss-making carrier, is in danger of crashing. Lately, bad news succeeded to bad news. Flag carrier Air France turned its emergency cash-call down, a State Aid investigation from the UE may be pending… Last but not least, Vueling decided to increase rotations and Ryanair chose to settle in Rome Fiumicino, the … Read more
Unlike most media and bloggers, I didn’t rush to comment on Ryanair’s decision to fly to main hubs. There’s a reason for this. Ryanair’s new orientation is definitely a game changer that will impact airports, airlines, passengers… I’ve been discussing here quite often of the moment when Ryanair would start to establish. I didn’t expect … Read more
In an open letter published today by the company and relayed via numerous websites (especially the tumbler of the journalist Dario Divico), the struggling airline Alitalia has notified Ryanair that it would never accept a bilateral agreement, despite its ailing situation. For the readers of Air Observer, I’ve chosen to translate the whole letter in … Read more
Breaking: according to an article from the newspaper L’Opinion, written by French reporter Fanny Guinochet, easyJet’s strikers weren’t dismissed like I said earlier, but replaced. The airline, having been notified of the strike 48hours before, managed to replace the strikers with pilots from various nationalities (British, Swiss, etc.). An effective way to kill a strike softly. … Read more
For some years now, Dublin-based airline Ryanair has been waging a secret war against anyone or anything who “defame on its safety”. This understandable position has nevertheless led to some disputable condemnation all across Europe. Air Observer revealed for you the backstage of Ryanair’s most secret war against the “safety skeptics”.
Vueling, the Barcelona-based carrier which has been pumping IAG’s results in the short-haul, finally seems to achieve Europe-wide recognition. The low-cost’s objective to connect the continent with the airport of El Prat no longer seems so far-fetched nowadays. But many a threat may thwart the carrier’s objectives. Spotlight on an airline that means business.
Today, easyJet announced profits forecast that probably had Michael O’Leary blemish. If reality meets prediction, the orange-livered airline will overtake Ryanair for the first time of their history. How come?
Sometimes, fate likes to dog an airline more than a drunk drag harassing a lady in a club. Usually, the winner is Ryanair, but ever since Michael O’Leary’s baby has become all soft and cuddly-like – yeah right -, it’s getting difficult to get a share of crunchy news. Luckily, Flybe’s here to feed this … Read more
Despite returning to profit, Flybe decided to cut 500 jobs in order to secure “sustainable” profits. Less redundancy, optimization, lower fares, the airline led by former easyJet executive Saad Hammad now walks a completely different path that drags it away from the classic regional airline model.
Jim French, the architect of Flybe’s success, stepped down as chairman of the regional airline yesterday, with immediate effect. Much like Ryanair’s story melts with O’Leary’s, the story of Flybe is tied to French. Having joined Flybe in 1990, the bespectacled soft man rapidly climbed up the stairs as CEO. French arguably brought Flybe … Read more