Michael O'Leary (businessman)

Irish businessman, CEO of Ryanair Group

Michael O'Leary (born 20 March 1961) is one of the Republic of Ireland's wealthiest businessmen and Group CEO of Irish airline Ryanair.

O’Leary in 2015

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  • We have the best customer service in Europe. Our customer service doesn't consist of giving you fine wines and big fat seats for your big fat backside, or giving you frequent flyer points so you can travel again at your employer's expense. Our customer service consists of three things that people really want: a cheap flight, an on-time flight, and we promise not to lose your bags in between. As a result of that formula which seems very simple yet is incredibly revolutionary within the airline industry, we have delivered 27 years of continuous growth and we're now the world's favourite airline: we carry more internationally scheduled passengers than any other airline.
  • We charge for checked-in bags not because we want your money, we just don't want your bloody checked-in bag!
    • Michael O'Leary at the EU Innovation Convention, 2011
  • Ryanair is responsible for the integration of Europe by bringing lots of different cultures to the beaches of Spain, Greece and Italy, where they couple and copulate in the interests of pan-European peace.

Newsnight Interview (February 24, 2011) edit

Newsnight Interview about Irish elections, February 24, 2011, Time Index 41 mins.

  • Serious business people would never get elected in Ireland. You don't get elected in this country if you run around and tell people the truth. You've got to run round and lie to them about 'it will be all right on the night' and then they'll vote for you.
  • This is not the bloody potato famine. We're sending people abroad now for a couple of years. These kids will get good experience and they will come back!
  • We're already in honk up to, above our ears. You can't continue to run these fiscal deficits. It has to be eliminated!
  • We're bright, we're well educated, Let's get up off our backsides now and go and create something postive for our kids.

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