Den 26 april får Kalla fakta, via e-post, ett svar på vår intervjuförfrågan från Ryanairs kommunikationschef Robin Kiely. Han skriver:

”We do not intend to participate in a programme which is biased and based on false claims by pilot unions who have no role or recognition in Ryanair…”. (…)

“If you wish to send us a list with your questions, we will be happy to provide you with accurate rebuttals of these false claims. If you wish to propose any false claims made about Ryanair´s working conditions, please identify the pilots in question – we will provide them with a legal indemnity that there will be no disciplinary consequences – and we will provide you with the details of their actual rosters, their pay and their working conditions which will of course completely rebut these false and invented claims.”

Kalla fakta tar ny kontakt med Ryanair och upprepar intervjuförfrågan samt skickar en del av de frågor vi vill ställa. Ryanairs kommunikationschef avböjer återigen intervju men svarar skriftligt på de frågor vi skickat. Här är Ryanairs skriftliga svar på Kalla faktas frågor:

Kalla fakta: Flight safety experts we have been talking to says that the number and the character of serious incidents Ryanair have experienced the last years is an indication that safety is threatened within Ryanair.

Robin Kiely, Ryanair: Please tell us who these so-called “flight safety experts” are and what evidence they base these false claims upon. There is no truth to these anonymous claims, which are disproven by Ryanair’s outstanding 29 year safety record and the factual evidence of the recent joint statement issued by the Irish and Spanish Aviation Authorities in September 2012, which confirmed that Ryanair’s safety “is on a par with the safest airlines in Europe”.

Kalla fakta: Why don’t you accept to negotiate with the flight crew and cabin crew unions?

Robin Kiely, Ryanair: Because the majority of our employees don’t want to be represented by failed unions who have for example recently agreed 6,000 job cuts and 17% pay cuts in SAS. Ryanair’s people prefer to use our long-established collective bargaining structures which recently delivered a new 4-year collective agreement for cabin crew, with a 10% pay increase and favourable rostering arrangements across the airline, as well as new pilot agreements at the majority of those Ryanair bases whose long term pay deals were expiring in March 2013. This is in marked contrast to the job cuts and pay cuts which the unions have recently delivered in SAS.

Kalla fakta: How many Ryanair pilots are members of Ryanair Pilot Group, do you think?

Robin Kiely, Ryanair: We don’t know and don’t care. Ryanair does not comment on anonymous internet groups funded by the European Cockpit Association.

Kalla fakta: Why did your chief captain threaten the Ryanair pilots with dismissal if they sign the RPG-petition

Robin Kiely, Ryanair: Ryanair does not comment on anonymous internet groups funded by the European Cockpit Association.

Kalla fakta: The pilots claim that the company culture in Ryanair is destructive. What’s your comment?

Robin Kiely, Ryanair: What pilots? What evidence? More fairy stories from people hiding behind anonymity.

Kalla fakta: The pilots we have been in contact with say that they are all cheating with the fuel league. They take more fuel than they report to Ryanair. Comments?

Robin Kiely, Ryanair: This claim proves that either you are not talking to pilots or they are clearly lying to you. Pilots cannot take more fuel than they report since all pilots sign the fuel delivery invoice and the voyage reports, which are legal documents which cannot be falsified. All fuel invoices are reconciled to all voyage reports, so pilots clearly cannot “take more fuel than they report”. This claim is beyond absurd and no real pilot would or could make such a stupid and patently false claim.

Efter att ha tagit del av dessa skriftliga svar tar Kalla fakta ännu kontakt med Ryanair. Vi ber på nytt om en intervju. Ryanairs kommunikationschef Robin Kiely svarar via e-post:

“You have our answers and as we have outlined in our original response, we have no intention of participating in a programme which is biased and based on false claims by pilot unions who have no role or recognition in Ryanair…”.