Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is probably the most insane airline CEO in the world – but at the same time, he’s probably one of the most brilliant. Even when global airlines went into a panic during the recent economic meltdown, his airline stayed profitable, and his numbers usually outshine those of many legacy carriers.
So, when Mr. O’Leary held a conference call with members of the press to discuss his Q3 earnings report, it was filled with everything we’ve come to expect from him.
Inside Investor Relations picked some of the juiciest quotes,including him making fun of journalists, calling claims by British Airways “bullsh*t” and mocking Air France. Their take on the call can be found here.
Mockery aside, the airline did have some bad news to report – it posted a $14 million loss in Q3 of 2010, mostly due to the major travel disruptions after record snowfall in Europe. Add the fallout from Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, and 2010 was a pretty lousy year for Ryanair.
Stuff like this only makes me love Mr. O’Leary even more.