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Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Mon May 21, 2001 2:19 am

Another one from the News section:

Ryanair chief attacks O'Rourke for Jordanian toilet stopover



CONTROVERSIAL airline boss Michael O'Leary has managed to insult an entire nation, its national airline and has provoked an international diplomatic incident with comments he made about Royal Jordanian airlines in a letter to Public Enterprise Minister Mary O'Rourke.



Mr O'Leary wrote to Mrs O'Rourke on April 5 last complaining about a stopover announcement by Middle East airline, Royal Jordanian, at Shannon Airport.



In his letter, he said: "The fact that Royal Jordanian will now be stopping off with 100,000 people for wee-wees in Shannon will really guarantee the future of the airport and tourism in the Midwest region. Who knows, it might even create a job or two for lavatory cleaners in the area?"



Royal Jordanian recently launched 20 new flights weekly out of Shannon to New York and Amman and has invested heavily in their Shannon operations.



However, "insulting remarks" by the Ryanair Chief Executive have left the company feeling very hurt.



An outraged Al Saleh, Regional Director for Royal Jordanian, said the remarks were a big insult, and couldn't understand what motivated the comment. "Does he know what he is talking about? We have just started expanding our Irish service. We are advertising in the Middle East and the Far East for people to come and visit Ireland.



"We are in talks with the Irish Tourist Board about launching even more promotions here [Jordan], but we are hurt and saddened by these comments. Perhaps he should reconsider them," he said.



He said that Ireland was a very hospitable country and their figures for passengers visiting here have proved very promising. "This is not a technical stop. People do fly with us to visit Ireland. I am sorry Her Excellency [Mrs O'Rourke] has been dragged into this."



Mr Saleh said the company expected an apology from Mr O'Leary on the issue, and would be pressing it further. He refused to rule out legal action and added the Jordanian Government would also be looking at the issue. However, speaking to the Sunday Independent yesterday, the defiant airline boss said he would not be apologising.



"If the truth hurts that's their problem," he said. "They do nothing for the local economy, but this has nothing to do with Royal Jordanian. Last year it was Pakistani International stopping off for fuel and piss stops. This is between Ryanair and O'Rourke," he said.



Ryanair had single-handedly contributed to the success of Shannon, making it the fastest growing airport in Europe, he said. "If anybody should apologise, it is O'Rourke for single-handedly destroying tourism growth in the Midwest. If Royal Jordanian is hurt, such is life. If they want to open up a route we'll apologise."



The letter is just one of a series Mr O'Leary wrote to Mrs O'Rourke over the past year complaining about Aer Rianta, Government inaction over airline handling charges, and alleged Government protection of Aer Lingus.



The catalogue of letters runs into the hundreds and includes a number of perceived personal attacks against the Minister. A spokesperson for Mrs O'Rourke said she would not comment on letters from Ryanair.



Royal Jordanian was established by Royal Decree by the late King Hussein in 1963, a keen aviator, and carries the Royal Emblem, the Golden Crown of the Hashemite Court.



King Hussein's son, His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Hussein, also takes a personal interest in the Jordanian airline.






 
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lindy field
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RE: Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Mon May 21, 2001 2:28 am

Why would he make stupid remarks like that? Why would they be leaked to the press? Why would the Jordanians be insulted? Why are we concerned about this on airliners.net?

We desperately need some news about a major new aircraft order.
 
baec777
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RE: Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Mon May 21, 2001 2:32 am

CP,

I am a passenger on Royal Jordanian for long time now, what is going on with Ryanair, and Royal Jordanian....?

Who is getting blamed...??

Baec777  Sad
 
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RE: Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Mon May 21, 2001 2:32 am

Hi Lindy,

We wouldn't be concerned, but we might be interested.

If you're not interested in this post-fine, but why bother replying?

Some of us have more varied interests...

Rgds,
CP
 
philb
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RE: Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Mon May 21, 2001 2:32 am

So Ryanair has "single handedly contributed to the success of Shannon, making it the fastest growing airport in Europe" He's obviously been kissing the Blarney Stone again.

Ryanair fly Stansted-Shannon and Stansted-Hahn (which they like to call Frankfurt) with 737-200. They also use the airport for the odd training flight.

RJA have been flying Amman-Chicago, stopping at SNN for a couple of years and have offered excellent fares on all sectors. They are likely to offer the same sort of deals on the new flights

I've nothing against Ryanair and fly with them at least once a year but a few more destinations served by them from SNN might just help it to grow to come into the top 20 list of the fastest growing airports in Europe.
 
philb
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RE: Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Mon May 21, 2001 2:35 am

Just to correct my typo, Ryanair also fly Shannon-Hahn direct. I guess I was so amazed at the stupidity of the outburst...
 
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RE: Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Mon May 21, 2001 2:38 am

Baec777,

You have an answer!

Phil,

What exactly is O'Leary complaining about? High fees at SNN? RJA seems to have been dragged innocently into a battle between two other parties! What's his gripe with Aer Lingus?

And is RJA flying into SNN because it has to, or because it feels there is a market in SNN?

Rgds,
CP
 
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RE: Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Mon May 21, 2001 2:43 am

Come on guys, Michael O'Leary is (in)famous for this sort of thing - just look at his 'Fourth Secret of Fatima' campaign that even prompted a complaint from the Pope! He's the airline version of Benetton .... and it works!! Big grin Big grin Big grin
 
philb
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RE: Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Mon May 21, 2001 2:52 am

Ryanair took over where Virgin Express left off at SNN. There could be a great market to Stansted and other destinations if the timings and prices were right and offered by an airline with a good infrastructure.

Ryanair has the potential to offer the Irish midwest a good range of service but O'Leary has a great gripe against Aer Rianta on every topic from landing fees, through handling costs to the fact he has so far failed to get permission for a low fares terminal at Dublin.

In other words he is fighting the same battles on his own turf that he fights elsewhere. One day he'll fall out with Stansted.

As to Ceilidh calling O'Leary the airline version of Benetton, I find that rather funny coming from the airline version of Walter Mitty.
 
ILOVEA340
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RE: Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Mon May 21, 2001 3:11 am

I love this guy. He is so cool. Didn't he just counter sue Sabena aswell?
 
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ILOVEA340

Mon May 21, 2001 7:07 am

Yeah, an overbearing, bigoted, loudmouth, which is what this guy sounds like is so cool. Makes you want to be just like him!
 
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RE: ILOVEA340

Mon May 21, 2001 7:14 am

I have no problem with him. Afteral his airline is doing europe a great service.(even if the seats only have 29-30 inch pitch (189 seats in a 737-800))
 
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RE: Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Tue May 22, 2001 1:04 am

Thats odd! PIA's stop at Shannon enroute to New York and Toronto was an actual wee wee stopover(technical) Smile
.....up there with the best!
 
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RE: Ryanair CEO Insults Royal Jordanian!

Tue May 22, 2001 3:08 am

I'm sorry, but who cares?

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