Familiar because he said pretty much the same thing back in April 2007, before oil prices went through the roof. Back then he was talking about flying into Providence, not Boston, but Ryanair has always been generously vague about its destinations.
And unlikely because, well, he doesn’t have the aircraft to do it with. O’Leary said the recession could drive other airlines out of business, making cheap long-haul aircraft available and enabling him to start a sister airline for transatlantic service. Lot of “ifs” there.
Anyway, let us remember that Ryanair is the ultra-no-frills discount airline that Skybus was trying to emulate. It gets two stars in the Skytrax airline reviews, which makes it the equivalent of U.S. airlines like … oh, wait. No U.S. airlines get a rating that low. Not even Spirit.
Well, what do you want for $13?