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Hello, Share Wobblers. Investing in airlines is something I stopped doing a long time ago. And since I sold my British Airways shares years ago, I’ve probably saved a lot of money. It’s such a volatile sector. It’s at the mercy of world economics, rising fuel prices, fierce competition, strikes and compensation claims...
Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive of Ryanair after arriving in a hotel in Manchester went to the bar and asked for a pint of Guinness.
At no-one is watching O'Clock on Friday , 5.29 PM, Michael O'Leary's Ryanair (RYA) slipped out a statement that is obviously a lie shows utter contempt for its customers. Not that this is a novelty. My boycott of RyanAir has started t how long before others do the same an RyanAir starts to suffer financially. Lying to and treating customers like shit is surely a bad business model.
I know that the Sherriff of these parts is no fan of Michael O'Leary (and I also disagree with the Irishman's stance on Brexit) but there is no denying the fact that he changed air travel for the better by providing greater capacity at lower prices than anyone had previously done. Today's Q1 result shows how the momentum continues.
It was 34 minutes past midnight when I received a marketing communication from Michael O'Leary's Ryanair (RYA) with an offer I'm not going to publicise but headlined "celebrate remaining in Europe".
You know that Michael O'Leary of RyanAir (RYA) is a bit of a hero of mine because he is a) Irish, b) a man who swears a lot and c) a man who tells the EU where to fecking stick it. I still loathe using his loathsome airline as it treats its customers like shit but O'Leary is a superstar. And now his company is sticking it to evil Google, possibly the world's most loathsome company. Go for it O'Leary.
Is it a man? Is it bird? Is it Michael O’Leary? Is it the Ryanair (RYA) share price?
So, with the 152 % increase in Q1 profitability and – more fundamentally important the reported 4% in passenger numbers – is the curse of O’Leary be lifted for Ryanair; transformed into something more endearing and cuddly than the hard bitten reputation of past times? The thing that makes equity investing the dynamic thing it is – for good or ill – is the fact that companies are managed by people and people can adapt to change and challenge, as Mr. O’ Leary is clearly attempting to do now. The fact that 4% more passengers have elected to go Ryanair suggests that he has won through; or at least is not still on the back foot in terms of public appreciation of Ryanair Holdings (RYA).
I have just booked my flight to Athens next week. RyanAir (RYA) was the cheapest flight but once you add in the charge for taking one full suitcase the gap between it and British Airways narrowed. And do I really want to trek out to Stansted rather than go to Heathrow on the tube which is much cheaper for me? The cost gap narrows again. And then O’Leary’s website tried to nickel and dime me on insurance and I just gave up and went with BA.
Do not folks who have a few enemies learn their lessons from doing live twitter Q&A’s? it seems not. At 4 PM today Michael O’Leary from RyanAir (RYA) will be on line tweeting questions sent to #AskRyanair ? Oh dear. It already looks grim for the odious O’Leary.
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