PSA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 972 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1968 times:
This is my rule for purchasing a ticket with Ryanair...
Add up the following costs:
1. Cost of the airline ticket
2. Cost of transportation to the airport of origin
3. Cost of transportation from the destination airport to the actual
city I want to go to
4. Cost of new suitcase
If all of these added together are still considerably lower than a competitor's
fare, then I will fly FR, otherwise forget it!
They have damaged 2 of my suitcases in the past (on 2 different occasions) as to where they were no longer air worthy. And once when I was seated
at the window near the cargo hold, I found out why.
While most airlines use those metal trolly carts with open sides for hauling
the luggage, Ryanair uses what looks like a hotel laundry cart.
So all of the luggage is piled onto other luggage...and so on...and so on ;so if yours is at the bottom, Good Luck!
Shamrocka330 From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 283 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
I don't know what it is but when I fly with Aer Lingus, British Midland or Aer Arran it still feels special to fly on a plane.... but when I fly with Ryanair the whole occasion seems crap. From the moment I arrive in the departure airport I just seem annoyed, stressed, irritated etc...
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1944 times:
Sure, why not? As long as they offer cheap tickets and their operation is safe, I don't see any reason not to fly with them. I did Charleroi-Carcassonne v.v., Valencia-Stansted and Valencia-Rome Ciampino v.v. with them, the first with a 737-200 and the other flights on the 737-800. No problem at all; actually I thought the transfer service from Ciampino into Rome was quite good as well.
Jaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1915 times:
I'll be flying with Ryanair, as will lots of people. The general public will have forgotten about this programme soon enough. Remember that problem with Sudan 1 in some ready meals last year? That was all over the news for weeks, and sales of ready meals plummeted. It soon went back to normal though. This was an hour long programme on FR... People are going to forget
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 18 Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1907 times:
If they are operating on the route and the price is right, I would not have any hesitation about flying with them. The Dispatches programme has not put me off in the least.
I know exactly what to expect from FR - no meal/free drink (the flight would be under 2 hours so what's the problem - Virgin Trains takes over 5 hours from Brighton to London and they don't offer any free refreshments either and charge far more than FR for the fare), quick turnarounds (so there should be less hanging around), restricted cabin service, and you might be left on your own if things go wrong at the foreign airport.
As to the security issues, I have often seen BD not inspecting boarding passes with passports on their flights between LHR and DUB.
The rudest FAs that I have encountered (so far) were on VS - so even the major airlines are far from perfect.
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
BAxMAN From St. Helena, joined May 2004, 671 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 1879 times:
Quoting HT (Reply 8): P.S. For any trips longer than 2 nights, I usually travel with 2 checked suitcases weighing about 30 kg together ...
I agree with Sabena on this! Do you pack your grandmother in your suitcase? Are your socks made of lead? 30kgs is a whole load of clean underwear and change of shirt.
As for the OP, the Dispatches documentary was damaging to FR and it uncovered things that FR need to answer or eradicate from their operations. However, I think the same would apply to a large number of airlines had Channel 4 decided to make them the subject of their documentary.
However, I would fly FR in a heartbeat if it was the right route and the right price.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 27 Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1871 times:
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 14): Quoting HT (Reply 8):
P.S. For any trips longer than 2 nights, I usually travel with 2 checked suitcases weighing about 30 kg together ...
Are you serious? How much stuff do you take with you?
Quoting BAxMAN (Reply 15): I agree with Sabena on this! Do you pack your grandmother in your suitcase? Are your socks made of lead? 30kgs is a whole load of clean underwear and change of shirt.
Nah, my last Grandma died 2 months ago (aged 106 years) and all that remained was some ash which we buried in early January next to my uncle who died a few months earlier.
But back to the topic:
Well, while the laptop computer stays with me in the cabin (and a small light briefcase does), everything else goes into the hold.
The computer equipment isn´t that light.
Add to that a number of maps & printed travel guides as well as binoculars (on leisure trips only).
Plus sufficient numbers of clothes, shoes, jackets in my XXL-size and voila 30 kg is reached rather fast (and I tend to pack more clothes than I need, but after some occasions on which clothes became unsuitable to wear, I always pack some spare).
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
Ryanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1824 times:
I have only had positive experiences with Ryanair and I haven't been put off flying on them again in the slightest by this pathetic program. I have always found Ryanair flight and cabin crew to be very pleasant on all my flights with them. They also serve a great variety of destinations from LPL (my local airport), and of course they have unbeatable prices. I like them!
Thepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 23 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
I flew FR once and I don't really want to fly them again. It was STN-CIA in a 738, in April 2004. I remember being yelled at by a flight attendant because my knee was inches into the aisle, and my dad almost lost his bag. Additionally, the passengers tended to be very uptight and rude, almost pushing and shoving to get ahead of one another. The approach into CIA was the rockiest I have ever had. We got caught in ground effect, then slammed down so hard onto the runway many passengers screamed. Some of these factors can't be helped, but I would like to try U2 or others on my next trip to Europe.
Just my .02.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6072 posts, RR: 10 Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 1799 times:
Based on the two times I have flown Ryanair, I am not a big fan, but haven't come across anything horrible (thank god!). I would fly them again if the price was right and if the airports were right (if I am going to Frankfurt, sorry, Hahn isn't the place I'm gonna go to no matter the price!).
Lehovec From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 290 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 1777 times:
All my FR flights were smooth, no long delays and no extremely rude crew. However, I do try not to fly with them as I think their planes look cheap (safety card on back of the seat, yellow and blue too bright...), during entire flight they are shouting down the PA and selling something.
Disptches hasn't changed my mind about FR, I knew the way they are (have some friends flying for them) and if I will have to (or the price will be next to zero) I will fly them again.
Ncfc99 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 643 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1731 times:
Ryanair is the only airline I have flown on that has a 100% satisfaction level for myself and my family. All other airlines I have flown have had delays or rude staff etc. These include Easyjet, Emirates, Jet2 plus a few others. I have never had a problem with any FR flight or staff so I will fly with them again.
Crox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 302 posts, RR: 3 Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1724 times:
I, along with the majority of people would still fly FR, despite the recent bad publicity on TV.
Most people that have flown FR have had a reasonably trouble free trip, without major delays or inconvenience, at a price that the so called "Full Service" Airlines cannot match.
What people need to remember is that an Airline giving bad service and abusing PAX makes better TV, than an Airline that has no problems; ie- Airline (EasyJet) and its American counterpart featuring Southwest; name escapes me.
These have also spawned other fly on the wall docs focusing on problems only, such as Airport and LAX Hollywood Airport.
Good service makes bad TV.
I will continue to fly FR, as long as they provide a cheap, reliable service.
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute
25 BCAL: If my memory serves me correct, the only issues of substance that the programme uncovered werebreaches of security in two aspects: staff writing refe
26 Spantax: Yes, indeed. I have flown with them dozens of times. Flights arrive 95% on time (my own experience) and often some 10-15 minutes before scheduled time
27 DENplanenut: I flew FR last week STN-CIA for the first time. I thought it was an ok experience... above all, it was cheap. I paid about $40 for a rountrip ticket.
28 Zkojh: right got back from Dublin the other night, with them - (1st flight with them) and they are off my list, unless they change the colour on board , (for