View Full Version : Low Cost? Even better-FREE Flights!

27th Nov 2001, 16:36
Pilots and F/A get charged for applications and uniforms

Here we go, now you get 300000 FREE Flights!Ryan Air (http://www.ryanair.ie/) :mad:

27th Nov 2001, 18:03
Just had a look and if you pick your dates the free flights are available. But be quick they'll soon disappear...

The Guvnor
27th Nov 2001, 18:26
As a Scot, the word "free" holds special delight for me.

MO'L promised this some time back, saying that he makes enough from the sale of on board catering and commissions from hotel and car rental bookings to offer free travel. Of course, charging £50 per CV also helps! :D :D

27th Nov 2001, 18:56
Managed to get 2 seats fron STN to SZG for a total of 4 pence plus tax. Do they use the 200's or the 800's on the route ?

27th Nov 2001, 19:16
trustno1 they use 800's :D :cool:

27th Nov 2001, 19:31
Correct me if I'm wrong, but many moons ago I recall when BA started a shuttle from LHR to MAN (or somewhere up north) pax could "walk-on" and pay aboard. But for about two days into the new service cabin crew didn't know or didn't collect fare from many ticketless walkons. :cool:

Epsom Hold 2
28th Nov 2001, 00:08
Many US airlines used to collect fares inflight, certainly on the east coast (BOS-LGA-DCA) shuttle but others too.

Ryanair have said they will be able to routinely offer free seats and make a profit once they have seatback screens offering hotels, car-rental, pay TV; plus revenue from selling food, drink and other stuff from the trolleys; and yes, charging £50 per CV (which I don't have a major problem with, they would otherwise get thousands of CVs from PPL-ers or worse, and the £50 probably cuts out the crap so most applications are serious ones from pros - a valid filtering process which also brings in a few £££).

stalling attitude
28th Nov 2001, 01:12
EPSOM HOLD 2 . your last couple of lines trying to justify the £50 fee really suck. it smacks of im alright jack and tough **** to those of u trying to get into the game :mad: :mad:

28th Nov 2001, 01:21
It's a nice advertising gimmick, but I think you'll find the free flight offer is OUTBOUND ONLY. Great, if you don't intend coming back. The profit is in the return fare.

The Guvnor
28th Nov 2001, 01:27
Stalling Attitude - not at all! If an airline advertises that it wants B737 rated people with X hours, why on earth should they have to sift though thousands of applications from wannabes that don't have the courtesy to follow the requirements? If the £50 helps separate the men from the boys (as it were) then I also think that it's a good idea.

In the apst, I've been on the receiving end of literally thousands of CVs - of which probably no more than 10% actually met the requirements. However, my team and I had to waste many hours going through each of them.

£50 a shot would have helped out with that pain!

fantum farter
28th Nov 2001, 02:47
"My Team" ?

you and your cat?

Hardly a team.
Next you'll be starting an airline :D :D

28th Nov 2001, 03:35
Guvnor - if that's the case, they could charge the £50 and then refund anybody who submitted a valid application and makes it onto their database.

It seems like a blatant money making exercise to me.

28th Nov 2001, 08:51
With all of the experience regularly touted here on the boards I have to say what everyone should already know - Nothing is free!!!

You always pay for it somewhere. :p

High Altitude
28th Nov 2001, 08:58
Heres a better idea.

50 pound with the CV, with a 50 pound reimbursement on employment.....

That would sort out the serious contenders.

The Guvnor
28th Nov 2001, 10:13
Helter Skelter/High Altitude - agreed; in fact you could even use the other £50s to provide say a £1,000 signing bonus!

28th Nov 2001, 12:08
I have said it before on another FR thread and I'll say it again

As a non B737 rated pilot (unemployed) I have no problem with the £50 for reading a CV, its the £15,000 cash up front for the conversion course ISO the bond system.
BTW as far as I can gather there is no job offer at the forking out the dosh stage.

28th Nov 2001, 12:14
If you look carefully you can get a return flight for free. I just booked a weekend for Myself and the Mrs for 2p plus tax going to Dublin from Luton. Great idea but have to disagree with the £50 cv. It's not the money having spent £50k on getting the licences ,but the cheek ....sorry Guv I like most of your ideas but with applications going online are you telling me they don't have the technology to sift out what they dont want??? easy seem to be doing it !


[ 28 November 2001: Message edited by: salapilot ]

28th Nov 2001, 12:33
Apparantly, half of the allocated free seats went within the first hour and a half. This is probably not a regular thing, just a publicity stunt. I'm sure that it worked.

£50 - In principle, it stinks. In reality, people will pay.

The Guvnor
28th Nov 2001, 12:59
From today's Scotsman:

Ryanair’s free ticket offer takes in Scottish flights

Iain Dey

UP TO 300,000 free air tickets have been put up for grabs by budget airline Ryanair.

The no-fares tickets, which mean passengers need only pay airport tax and service charges, include 50,000 seats on flights from Scottish airports.

A return flight from Edinburgh to Dublin during the promotion, which will run from early next month and for most of January, will cost just £10.

Ryanair commercial director Michael Cawley said: "We have been talking about free flights for a couple of years now, and we are delivering our promise."

The move, which was announced as the Irish airline unveiled plans to launch a fourth daily flight from Prestwick to Dublin, is the latest in a string of promotions from Ryanair and other budget carriers since 11 September.

Cawley told The Scotsman that Ryanair, now Europe’s second largest airline by market capitalisation, was continuing to look to further expansion as larger carriers feel the pinch.

He said: "Ryanair is willing and able to step in where other airlines are pulling out."

Scottish no-fares tickets are available on services from Prestwick to Stansted, Dublin and Brussels, along with the Edinburgh-Dublin route.

The no fare deal, which covers midweek and selected Saturday services, also includes flights from Stansted to a further 30 European destinations.

The promotion ends at midnight on Thursday and is only available on Ryanair’s website.

Rival budget airline, Go, urged travellers to "read the small print" before booking, and pointed to its own £10 each way, tax inclusive flight from Glasgow to Stansted.

But Ryanair insisted the tax only return fare on its Prestwick-Stansted service is still cheaper, adding up to just £19.20 in total. The airline also said it offers 10 flights a day from Glasgow against Go’s six.

Ryanair’s new flight to Dublin, which will start on Valentine’s day 2002, will see it fly approximately 240,000 passengers on the route every year. Just five years ago only 120,000 people flew on Glasgow-Dublin services across all airlines operating the route.

3rd Dec 2001, 03:23
Re: Those free flights. As previously said if you look carefully they are available on the O/B and RTN flights, chances are if you are looking for availability now then you probably don't stand much of a chance. If you want to go and the fare is still available then book NOW as the offer closes at midnight tomorrow. :) :)

[ 02 December 2001: Message edited by: Bluejay ]

3rd Dec 2001, 03:38
50 pounds to send in a CV !!!! ......
I am trying to renew my UK passport offshore ..... needed a renewal form so called embassy at long distance rates and listened to about 5 minutes of automatic junk and then finally was told that I was required to call a premium rate number if I wanted to talk to someone in the passport section ...... called the number at equiv. of 80 pence stg per minute ..... lots of nice music and finally got hold of a human who promised to mail me a form ..... two weeks later and still no form and oh, by the way, the premium call cost me stg 6.00 ......