ZBA320 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2967 times:
I don't think it's down to Ryanair "Copying" Southwest. I think it's more of a Template of the Software company that created 'Ding' or 'Bing', given the Screenshot similarities with FR and WN modifying the template to suit it's needs. I wouldn't be surprised if other Airlines start to take on this idea.
Still Funny though.
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Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2934 times:
Wouldn't be surprised if FR did this with WN's permission anyway - there is a pretty good relationship between these two airlines, and it's not like they overlap with each other from a competitive perspective (well, not yet!)
ArcrftLvr From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2916 times:
Quoting ZBA320 (Reply 3): I think it's more of a Template of the Software company that created 'Ding' or 'Bing',
So, you're saying the template includes the FAQ about ATA airports? That wouldn't even apply in any other situation than with WN or ATA. So, my point is, the questions and the verbiage are not part of the template. There is most likely a template for the application, but not the FAQs. Bottom line...Ryanair copied WN's section word for word. See the link below.
Nighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5230 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2851 times:
Quoting ArcrftLvr (Reply 5): I wonder if there are copyright laws prohibiting anyone from using WN's verbiage...What pisses me off so much, is that it's so blatant.
A standard copywrite law would cover it, using someone elses work and passing it off as your own.
However as southwest and ryanair are both airlines (and low cost ones at that), I very much doubt they have an in house software team working on applications like this. It will be made by a 3rd party software company, which has then sold the application on to WN/FR. Expect to see other airlines adopt the program shortly.
The website layout is probably a standard design made by the software company, which ryanair / southwest have adopted and customised slightly for their needs.
The real kicker is I had an idea for such a product 5 years ago, although not to be sold to airlines. If only I had done something with the idea...... story of my life
Dw9115 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 449 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2510 times:
Quoting ZBA320 (Reply 3): I don't think it's down to Ryanair "Copying" Southwest.
Ryanair does admit that when O'Leary visited Southwest back in the 90's that what he saw was what he used to turn around the then failing Ryanair and to completely model it after Southwest Airlines so does this seem that far off.
Dadoftyler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2226 times:
Quoting Joost (Reply 8): Well, then maybe Ryanair just payed Southwest to use the program, and that copy & paste of the FAQ is included in the deal?
Joost...nope--it was a complete surprise. But for the time being, everyone I've talked to is looking at it as "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." I mean, you can say what you want about Ryanair's airport choice, onboard experience, or employee quality of work life--but with those financials, I think almost any other airline would have "margin envy."