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Mar 26, 2013

Ryanair expunges 'free blow jobs' from its history

There was no sign of Michael O'Leary or reference to his free blow jobs across the Atlantic promise when his airline Ryanair finally abandoned its long haul ambitions

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Offical photo of Michael O'Leary conducting media conference

Ryanair has bailed out of any plans for cheap trans Atlantic flights, and in the process, ‘forgotten’ its CEO Michael O’Leary’s long standing promise that they would include free blow jobs for higher paying customers.

There is no reference to either O’Leary or his notorious promise given at a German press conference in 2008 in the latest, and it seems final, story about Ryanair flying between Europe and the US.

The You Tube below shows the part of the media briefing in which O’Leary promises free blow jobs in the proposed services expensive business class boudoire, or expensive blow jobs in its cheap €10 one way economy fare.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfIY24BErBE[/youtube]

The young lady translating O’Leary for some of the media present struggles to find the German words and the Ryanair CEO makes an observation about the state of German sex lives that ensured massive publicity for the low fare carrier in its media, in which Ryanair has waged war with straight laced Lufthansa over services within Europe for more than 10 years.

At the time Ryanair basked in the notoriety, as shown on this archive of its on line news service.

On a more serious level, Ryanair has been slow to acknowledge that long haul routes don’t work with the low fare model that has made it Europe’s largest and most profitable intra-European airline, with similar ambitions being abandoned or rejected in recent years by easyJet, JetBlue and AirAsiaX.

There have also been signs that Ryanair itself is moving away from the earlier shock tactics of its long time CEO, which perhaps means it is moving apart from Mr O’Leary himself.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands has reported and analysed the mechanical mobility of humanity since late 1960 - the end of the age of great scheduled ocean liners and coastal steamers and the start of the jet age. He’s worked in newspapers, radio and TV in a wide range of roles as a journalist at home and abroad for 56 years, the last 18 freelance.

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