|The low cost airline Ryanair, currently locked in the middle of a hostile bid for fellow Irish airline Aer Lingus, is planning to develop its online casino offering by announcing plans to turn its planes into flying casinos.|
Europe's largest low-cost airline stated earlier this week that it was forming an online gaming partnership with jackpotjoy.com, an online bingo operator owned by Gamesys. The deal would allow passengers to play 'Ryanair Bingo' as well as instant win games while booking their flights, car hire, and hotels on its website.
However Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary told a press conference that the airline hoped to create an in-flight service by the middle of next year, which would be accessible via mobile phones or through bespoke onboard terminals.
The airline hopes to receive approval for mobile phone enabling technology on aircraft by January, with the full service ready for piloting by June or July.
O’Leary did not disclose any revenue forecasts for the new service but revealed that Ryanair expected income from ancillary services as a whole to grow by about 20 percent a year over the next five years. Ancillary services currently make up about a fifth of the airline's total revenues.