'Unions will want to chalk up a victory over Ryanair'

In his 30-odd years leading Ryanair, Michael O’Leary has no tradition of bending to the will of others. He will find it hard, as the shape of his company’s future is no longer quite as familiar to him

21st December, 2017
Ryanair pilots 'in the driving seat'. Pic: RollingNews.ie

We’ve seen him jumping and shouting and pulling faces and even using bad language. One thing we have never seen is Michael O’Leary flying a plane. So much for his own suggestion that planes are really ‘buses with wings.’ Indeed, just three months ago when the Ryanair pilot problem began to emerge, he described flying as a “very easy job". He then threatened to fly a Boeing 737 out of Heathrow to prove his point;...

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