Prank Letter to Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary

August 28, 2007 at 1:08 am Leave a comment

Here’s a prank letter that I sent to Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary a while ago. It is from a postgraduate student with an unusual idea for saving even more money while running a low-fares airline. >>>

The Letter

Dear Mr O’Leary,

Good luck with your Charleroi agreement. Your reluctance to dip into my pockets for your profits contrasts with my constant dread of the Aer Lingus anti-trade unions.

I would appreciate your opinion on a concept in my doctoral thesis, ‘Comfortably Profitable – Ergonomics and Economics in the Aviation Industry’.

The idea arose when I spent a flight in Uzbekistan sitting on a wooden crate filled with live chickens, after take-off was delayed while the pilot did a ‘whip-around’ to buy fuel.

Since then, I have often wondered – do airplanes really need seats? I know they are traditional but, financially, they waste the ‘unused’ space above the lap of each passenger and below the luggage bins.

I am now examining a concept called ‘lean-backs’, equivalent to seats but without the part that you sit on.

Visualise a row of backward-leaning L-shaped person-height dominoes, reclining at ana gle that balances comfort with retention of the overhead bins. Another (adjustable) angle towards the base accommodates bending of the knees. The feet rest on a spongy material capable of absorbing the impact of landing.

The passengers are safely strapped in.

Mr. O’Leary, I would appreciate your opinion on ‘lean-backs’, in the form of a quote that I could use in my thesis.

Yours sincerely,
Mr Pierce Whitehead

The Reply

Here’s the reply that I got from Ryanair.

The Ryanair Correspondence



Entry filed under: Fun, Ireland, Pranks.

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I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohemians football club in the 1970s.


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