Ooh bitchy – Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has once again sharpened his talons to have another stab at Aer Lingus (which he was yesterday prevented from acquiring by the Irish government).
O’Leary’s comments about Aer Lingus have been getting more and more scathing, and this press release put out by Ryanair yesterday is definitely worth a read for a bit of Friday entertainment.
Referring to yesterday’s announcement that Aer Lingus has extended its transatlantic partnership with United Airlines, in a press release entitled “Ryanair congratulates Aer Lingus on finding a partner which is even weaker and in worse shape than Aer Lingus” O’Leary spits out: “After months of trawling around looking for partners, it is a sad reflection on Aer Lingus that the best they could come up with is one of the weakest and biggest loss makers in the US airline industry.”
He goes on: “This so-called ‘partnership’ with another ‘loser’ like United shows that Aer Lingus has no independent strategy, and no prospect of remaining independent.”
That’s fightin’ talk where I come from. I’m planning to speak to Aer Lingus later today, so I’ll see if they’ve got any equally scathing rebuttals.
Now that Ryanair has been prevented from acquiring Aer Lingus, surely it would make more sense to stop telling the world how rubbish they think the Irish carrier is. If I had shares in a company, I probably wouldn’t go round telling the whole world that the company I had invested in was hopeless and dreadful in case I some day wanted to sell my shares.
Isn’t it kind of like trying to sell your house and saying things to interested buyers like “it’s got a terrible damp problem”, and “the neighbours are really noisy and unpleasant”…?