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Ryanair UK pilots vote to accept pay increases in a secret ballot

Ryanair has issued this statement:

Ryanair has confirmed that all 15 of its UK pilot bases – including London Stansted which had previously rejected an improved pay deal – have now voted in secret ballot to accept pay increases of up to 20% and these increases will be paid next week in the January payroll.

These increases bring Ryanair’s pilot pay in the UK to 20% more than competitor 737 operators (Norwegian and Jet2).

Ryanair is continuing its recognition discussions with BALPA, the UK pilot union, but had agreed with BALPA that these pay increases should not be delayed by these recognition negotiations, which are proceeding quickly.  Ryanair and BALPA agreed to offer these pay increases to the 6 out of 15 UK bases (including Stansted) which had not previously accepted them.

The majority of Ryanair’s pilots in Ireland have already agreed to these pay increases voting in secret ballot at the Cork and Shannon bases, and a majority of pilots in Dublin who are contractors or new joiners have already agreed  them.  Ryanair had asked the remaining Dublin pilots to vote on this large pay increase on or before 17th January so that they could be paid in next week’s January payroll.  Ryanair is disappointed that no such vote was organised among the remaining 35% of Dublin pilots who will now not receive this pay increase in the January payroll.

Ryanair is continuing to negotiate with FORSA and its Ryanair Irish Pilots Council, but these discussions are progressing slowly.  Ryanair will continue to communicate with the 35% of Dublin pilots who have yet to accept this substantial pay increase which, if accepted, can be included in the February payroll and will take them to 20% higher pay than Norwegian 737 pilots in Dublin.

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Reuters: Ryanair wants to buy parts of Niki

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-DHS (msn 33580) LTN (Antony J. Best). Image: 902576.

From Reuters:

Ryanair said on Monday it had contacted the Austrian administrator of insolvent holiday airline Niki to express its interest in buying some of its assets.

Niki’s German administrator said earlier on Monday he still wanted to sell the leisure carrier to British Airways parent IAG, despite a battle between Austria and Germany over where insolvency proceedings should be handled.

Former Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has also re-emerged as a potential bidder for Niki ahead of a January 19 deadline for fresh offers the Austrian court has set.

Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-DHS (msn 33580) LTN (Antony J. Best). Image: 902576.

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VC German Pilots Union strikes Ryanair for 4 hours affecting 16 flights

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EBB (msn 37519) (Comunitat Valenciana) RAK (Robbie Shaw). Image: 922177.

The German pilots’ union VC struck Ryanair on Friday, December 22, 2017 for four hours affecting 16 flights. The walkout was Ryanair’s first pilots strike.

Ryanair reversed its non-union stance and agreed earlier this month to recognize the unions. VC has now agreed to meet with the company in January 2018.

The VC union issued this statement on December 19, 2017 announcing the first strike:

The German based pilots of the airline Ryanair founded a Company Council on December 19, 2017 under the umbrella of the German Airline Pilots Association (Vereinigung Cockpit) (VC).

For the first time, Ryanair pilots are organizing themselves in Germany in order to avoid the airline’s questionable treatment of its employees. The goal will be to positively influence Ryanair’s employment conditions. “What is self-evident for other employees in Germany, we must first achieve at Ryanair,” says a member of the Company Council. “Decent employment contracts instead of atypical employment is one of the main goals of the Company Council.”

Based on the principle, pilots for pilots, the Company Council is composed of active Ryanair pilots representing all groups. Members include Captains and First Officers who are directly employed as well as working for Ryanair on the so-called “Contractor model”. To protect the Company Council from possible reprisals from Ryanair, the members of the Council will remain anonymous for the time being.

The current situation at Ryanair creates uncertainty within the pilot body and puts unusual pressure on the employees. The on-going court trials and investigations, including many house searches in Germany, show just how dramatic the situation is for the Ryanair pilots.

“The founding of the Ryanair Company Council clearly shows that the airline’s pilots are no longer willing to accept the doubtful methods used by their employer. In the future, they will act united to achieve their basic employee rights,” says Ilja Schulz, president of the German Airlines Pilots Association.

“In Germany we have workers’ rights which apply to all pilots based here. Ryanair must finally acknowledge this. Ryanair pilots must be able to express their wishes and concerns about working conditions and salary without fear of discrimination from the management, ” says Schulz.

The newly formed group benefits from the long-standing experience of the German Airlines Pilots Association in aviation safety and employee representation within the aviation industry.

Previously Ryanair issued this statement on December 21, 2017:

Ryanair sincerely regrets receiving notice of a threatened 4 hour pilot strike (from 5am to 9am) in Germany on Friday, December 22, 2017. This disruption called by the VC pilot union is unjustified and unnecessary when Ryanair wrote earlier this morning to the VC (copy attached) agreeing to meet them again in Frankfurt as requested on Friday, January 5, 2018 to progress the negotiations on a Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) for Germany.

At Ryanair’s meeting with the VC and their Ryanair Pilots Council on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, the VC confirmed that the Ryanair Pilots Council had not been elected by Ryanair’s pilots, and contained one former contract pilot who had not flown for Ryanair for 15 months, who is currently in litigation with Ryanair in Germany. Ryanair explained that it was happy to negotiate with its German pilots and the VC officials but it would not enter into negotiations with non-Ryanair pilots, or a non-Ryanair pilot who is in litigation with Ryanair.

Ryanair has written to its German pilots this afternoon asking them to work as normal tomorrow to avoid disrupting the travel plans of thousands of German passengers during Christmas week. Ryanair will continue to engage with the VC union and its German pilots to try to agree a CLA in early January, so tomorrow’s 4 hour strike serves no purpose other than to disrupt thousands of German passengers in Christmas week solely, so that the VC can impose a non-elected, non-Ryanair pilot (who is currently suing the airline) on its Ryanair Pilots Council.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:

“Ryanair apologises sincerely to any German customers worried or affected by this threatened 4 hour strike tomorrow morning. We hope that our German pilots will put the needs of our customers first during Christmas week. We advise all customers in Germany to turn up as normal tomorrow, as we plan to operate all scheduled flights, and we will be doing our upmost to minimise any disruptions to the Christmas travel plans of our German customers.”

Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EBB (msn 37519) (Comunitat Valenciana) RAK (Robbie Shaw). Image: 922177.

Ryanair agrees to recognize pilot unions to avoid widespread customer disruptions over Christmas period

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DAD (msn 33544) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 923982.

Ryanair has made this announcement:

Ryanair on December 15, 2017 announced that it has written to the pilot unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal inviting each of them to talks to recognize these unions as the representative body for pilots in Ryanair in each of these countries, as long as they establish Committees of Ryanair pilots to deal with Ryanair issues, as Ryanair will not engage with pilots who fly for competitor airlines in Ireland or elsewhere.

Ryanair will now change its long standing policy of not recognizing unions in order to avoid any threat of disruption to its customers and its flights from pilot unions during Christmas week. Ryanair now calls on these pilot unions to call off the threatened industrial action on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 so that our customers can look forward to travelling home for Christmas without the threat or worry of pilot strikes hanging over them.

Photos Above: Ryanair and Boeing.

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:

“Christmas flights are very important to our customers and we wish to remove any worry or concern that they may be disrupted by pilot industrial action next week.

If the best way to achieve this is to talk to our pilots through a recognised union process, then we are prepared to do so, and we have written today to these unions inviting them to talks to recognise them and calling on them to cancel the threatened industrial action planned for Christmas week.

Recognising unions will be a significant change for Ryanair, but we have delivered radical change before, most recently when we launched Ryanair Labs and our highly successful Always Getting Better customer improvement programme in 2013.

Putting the needs of our customers first, and avoiding disruption to their Christmas flights, is the reason why we will now deal with our pilots through recognised national union structures and we hope and expect that these structures can and will be agreed with our pilots early in the New Year.”

Copyright Photo (all mothers by Ryanair): Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DAD (msn 33544) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 923982.

Ryanair to face down IALPA threatened strike

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DLB (msn 33584) (Comunitat Valenciana) NTE (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 922260.

Ryanair has issued this statement:

Ryanair has received the attached notice from the Aer Lingus pilots union IALPA of a 24 hour strike “by pilots directly employed by Ryanair” on December 20, 2017.

Ryanair welcomes this notice which conclusively proves that it is about union recognition for the Aer Lingus pilots union IALPA and not about pay and conditions for Ryanair pilots who in Dublin can earn between €150,000 to €190,000 p.a. for working a 5 on/4 off roster (a double bank holiday weekend every week), and have been offered a 20% pay increase (at a time when IALPA are recommending a 3% increase to Aer Lingus pilots).

Ryanair will deal with any such disruptions if, or when they arise, and we apologize sincerely to customers for any upset or worry this threatened action by less than 28% of our Dublin pilots may cause them over the coming days.

Ryanair is surprised that IALPA has threatened to disrupt Christmas week travel when IALPA’s own numbers confirm that it has the support of less than 28% of Ryanair’s over 300 Dublin pilots and when Ryanair’s Belfast, Cork and Shannon bases have already agreed these 20% pay deals. While some disruption may occur, Ryanair believes this will largely be confined to a small group of pilots who are working their notice and will shortly leave Ryanair, so they don’t care how much upset they cause colleagues or customers.

Ryanair has already confirmed that any Dublin pilots who participate in this industrial action will be in breach of the Dublin pilots base agreement and they will lose those agreed benefits which arise from dealing directly with Ryanair, including the 5 on/4 off rosters, certain pay benefits and promotion opportunities until such time as they chose to return to the 25 year established practice of dealing directly with Ryanair.

Like any group of workers, Ryanair’s very well paid pilots are free to join unions, but like every other multinational, Ryanair is also free – under both Irish and EU law – to decline to engage with (competitor pilot) unions. Ryanair will not recognize an Aer Lingus pilot union, no matter how often or how long this tiny minority (earning between €150,000 to €190,000 p.a.) try to disrupt our flights or our customers plans during Christmas week.

Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DLB (msn 33584) (Comunitat Valenciana) NTE (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 922260.

Ryanair wants to base nine Boeing 737-800s at Berlin Tegel

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EXE (msn 40321) TFS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 923310.

Ryanair, according to Reuters, has applied for slots in order to base nine Boeing 737-800s at Berlin (Tegel) in order to compete with easyJet. This is in addition to the nine aircraft Ryanair has based at Berlin (Schoenefeld).

Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EXE (msn 40321) TFS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 923310.

Ryanair orders 10 additional Boeing 737 MAXs

Boeing and Ryanair finalized an order for 10 additional 737 MAXs at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The order is valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices.

The Irish low-cost carrier now has 110 unfilled orders with 100 options for the higher capacity 737 MAX 8, as well as 65 Next-Generation 737-800s.

Ryanair is an all-Boeing operator and launched the higher capacity 737 MAX 8 in late 2014 with an order for 100 airplanes. The airplane will provide Ryanair with 197 seats, increasing revenue potential and providing airlines like Ryanair with up to 16 percent better fuel efficiency per seat than today’s most efficient single-aisle airplanes.

Ryanair carried 120 million passengers last year with 1,800 daily flights to more than 200 destinations. The Dublin based carrier is the largest 737-800 customer in the world and the largest Boeing operator in Europe. In March this year Ryanair took delivery of its 450thNext-Generation 737-800 and with today’s announcement has ordered a total of more than 640 airplanes from Boeing.

Image: Boeing.