Before the current situation, Ryanair was flying 149 million passengers per year and was carrying more international passengers than any other airline. It takes a team of back-office staff to ensure that these operations run smoothly, and these employees need to take time to relax on their break.
Some companies are renowned for having workplaces where employees can let off steam. For example, the London office of Google has a gym for employees and a massage room. However, how does Ireland’s low-cost giant cater to its head office employees? Let’s find out!
Many fun activities
The Ryanair headquarters is located around two miles to the north of Dublin Airport and is the hub of Ryanair’s operations from a management standpoint. To make the environment pleasant for those working in the office, the airline has implemented several fun activities, which are showcased in a recent Tik Tok video:
The video starts by showing the office slide, labeled as an emergency exit, which is a handy way to drop down a floor. It is surrounded by a tiger’s wall art and graffiti spelling “Welcome to the mad house”.
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Following the slide, those watching the Tik Tok video are then shown a mini-golf putting green with at least four holes. The video then looks at a giant chessboard, which looks to be placed in a special chill-out zone for employees.
The flight simulator
Finally, the video looks at the airline’s number one HQ attraction, a functioning Boeing 737 simulator. However, unlike the full-motion simulators used to train pilots, this one is fixed to the ground. Fixed simulators are still used for training, however. Ryanair also boasts a couple at its London Stansted training base, alongside a row of full-motion simulators, and an actual former 737 used to train staff on maintenance and cabin procedures.
Yesterday during a press conference on its new order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, Ryanair’s CEO mentioned that the airline has already bought and installed three 737 MAX simulators that have been placed in Dublin and at London Stansted. He commented,
“All of our pilots are going through the MAX simulator flying on the aircraft before they get on the aircraft.”
As such, the simulators are likely to be very busy in the coming months. Ryanair is hoping to take delivery of its first MAX aircraft in early 2021, with the aim of flying 25-30 of the type by next summer. However, O’Leary thinks his customers are going to love the aircraft.
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