OFT watchdog says Ryanair payment policy is ‘puerile’

Budget airline Ryanair has been accused of being “puerile and childish” over its payment policy by business watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

OFT chief executive John Fingleton, attacked the company for fees that Ryanair adds when customers use all but one type of credit card to pay online.

He told the Independent newspaper that the firm used a legal loophole to justify charging the extra fee.

Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8438837.stm

Ryanair’s inflight phones

“RYANAIR is to allow mobile-phone calls on some of its flights. If approval is given by regulators, Europe’s biggest budget airline will run trials on ten planes from the end of the month. So far, so normal. But what’s strange here is that Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s boss, told the Mail on Sunday that his airline would not take a cut from the call charges.”

Link: http://www.economist.com

JetBlue Now Charging For Pillows

“JetBlue Airways, which made its name providing free television and leather seats on its flights, started charging passengers for pillows on Monday, marking the latest attempt by struggling airlines to claw back some of the cost of high fuel prices.
JetBlue said it will no longer provide pillows, but passengers on flights longer than two hours can buy a pillow and blanket kit for USD$7, which the airline is touting as healthy and eco-friendly.”

Link: http://news.airwise.com

Ryanair takes on Dutch screenscraper

“Ryanair has commenced copyright infringement proceedings against Bravofly before the Commercial Court, Dublin, to prevent it from using Ryanair’s booking engine to sell flights online. Bravofly, a Dutch-based business with offices in Dublin, Switzerland and Italy, is allegedly practising the subtle skill of screenscraping, contrary to the published terms for the website’s use.”

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