Michael O’Leary claimed that pilots were too costly and would be replaced throughout the whole Ryanair fleet with a computer autopilot system running on Windows 98.
In an interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine, Mr O’Leary, who has previously suggested that planes could fly with “standing-only” areas for passengers, said: “Why does every plane have human pilots?
“Really, you only need the autopilot. Let’s take out the expensive f*cking human pilot. Let the bastard computer fly it.”
When asked what would happen if the autopilot came up with a blue screen Windows error while flying a plane, he said: “If the f*cking autopilot crashes, a bell rings, then it’s time for the passengers to bail out. They will have to pay a non-refundable fee for their f*cking parachutes though before they disembark from the plane at 30,000 feet.”