Noshow wrote:And what strength is that? That they are VERY well known for offering a garbage product at discount rates rather than somewhat known for doing the same?
They are a true low ticket price carrier by some margin. They are super punctual and well organised almost military drill style. They give you exactly what was promised (and certainly nothing more) if you strictly stick to their rules like baggage size and weight and being at the gate on time. This is no case of overpromise and underdeliver but just a no-nonsense safe flight onboard a young fleet on time.
The backside: In case of any (rare) cancelled flights you are pretty much left on your own and can try to fight for refunding later on. Expect no service. However they are child friendly and carry pre-registered handicapped people with boarding priority.
They are far from a "garbage product" for sure.
I understand what you are saying, but my point still stands. If they are forced into paying the market rate for a new fleet and consequently no longer the cheapest option, then they are going to have big problems.
With regard to being “safe” – Well yeah, so far so good, but I seriously doubt it has anything to do with good management and/or practises. I personally stopped flying Ryanair after MOL issued a memo demanding that flight crews carry less reserve fuel in order to save costs, and then the flurry of Ryanair flights having to declare a “Mayday Low Fuel”
This article details some of that drama, and I would love to provide you a better more detailed link, however there have been so many staff\management\Mol disputes at Ryanair its actually difficult to find the relevant one.
I could say a lot more regarding Ryanair and its “operational style” but I don’t want to derail the thread, so will simply leave it at “garbage product”