Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary wants to cut out co-pilots in a move to slash costs further on his budget airline.
O’Leary claims that co-pilots are needed on longhaul flights, but said on shorter trips their only role is to “make sure the first fella doesn’t fall asleep and knock over one of the computer controls.
“It could save the industry a fortune. In 25 years with over 10 million flights, we’ve had one pilot who suffered a heart attack in flight and he landed the plane.”
The Ryanair boss has also made the point that trains are only required to have one driver.
O’Leary denies man-made climate change
Ryainair’s mouthy chief exec, who has been nicknamed O’Really due to his regular outrageous remarks, has whipped up more controversy by denying the existence of man-made global warming.
In an interview with the Independent, O’Leary ranted:
“Nobody can argue that there isn’t climate change. The climate’s been changing since time immemorial.
“Do I believe there is global warming? No, I believe it’s all a load of bullshit. But it’s amazing the way the whole fucking eco-warriors and the media have changed. It used to be global warming, but now, when global temperatures haven’t risen in the past 12 years, they say ‘climate change’.”
“Well, hang on, we’ve had an ice age. We’ve also had a couple of very hot spells during the Middle Ages, so nobody can deny climate change. But there’s absolutely no link between man-made carbon, which contributes less than 2 per cent of total carbon emissions [and climate change].”