Ryanair chief believes in-flight gambling is next step
By abigail
The chief executive of Europe’s largest budget priced airline, Ryanair, has been speaking out about the future direction for his company and those like it, as well as his own role in the industry. Within Michael O’Leary’s comments was his belief that a major change to his industry would be the addition of gambling facilities provided by independent gambling companies, and accommodated by airlines for their passengers.

Ryanair itself is trialling a new system as of next month. Known as digebox, it is a new in-flight entertainment system. According to O’Leary the next logical step is in-flight gambling. The reason for the step was put simply by the chief exec, as he said, any airline who considers introducing it to their line of in-flight entertainments will “make a bloody fortune”.

Apparently Ryanair has already been swamped by proposals from gaming companies, including Irish company Paddy Power, keen to develop an alliance which will result in allowing passengers to gamble while flying. The digeboxes about to be trialled would accommodate the necessary software, and passengers would be able to gamble using a credit card, providing they were in international air space. O’Leary believes these impending developments and the profits they would provide for the airline would also mean that flights could become “free for 50percent to 100percent of people” travelling with Ryanair.

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