Ryanair Again

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It’s that time of year again. But it’s nice to know that the reach of Ryanair’s infamous calendar has spread far and wide. You may like this piece on the NY Daily News.

BY Lindsay Goldwert

Thursday, November 3 2011, 12:50 PM

The airline Ryanair issued its annual Cabin Crew Charity Calendar on Wednesday filled with sexy women in lingerie and underwear.

The airline Ryanair issued its 2012 cabin Crew Charity Calendar on Wednesday filled with sexy women in lingerie and underwear.

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The flight crew is taking off — its clothes, that is.

Dirt cheap airline Ryanair has released a their annual “Girls of Ryanair” calendar of bikini-clad female flight attendants.

Proceeds from the cheesecake calendar go to a charity that aids children withe the genetic skin ailment epidermolysis bullosa.

The airline was been putting out the calendar to raise money for various charities since 2008.

“The 2012 Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar is the sexiest ever, featuring 13 cabin crew stunners in swimwear and lingerie,” the airline crowed in a press release.

The calendar can be purchased in-flight for 10 euros ($14).                                                           

Critics of the calendars say that the skin shots are more about publicity for the ultra-cheap airline, best known for removing toilets on some flights to make room for more seats and charging big bucks for to check even one bag.

In 2009, Mary Honeyball, a Labour party leader in the UK, accused Ryanair of “sexualising” the airline industry in “a desperate bid for profits,” the Telegraph reported.

Michael O’Leary, the airline’s chief executive dencounced the female polititian as as “anti-fun” and sent her a copy of the calendar.”

Sadly the New York Daily News poll referred to above showed 89 % of respondents thought the calendar was ok while only 11% agreed with me. However, there is more to it than that. Since blog audiences are ultimately self-selective, I thought I’d look at Mumsnet. Almost all of their comments were on my side, from castigating O’Leary for the way he behaved during the “Women’s Hour” interview last year to objecting to the fact that the calendar’s models were Ryanair staff.