Ryanair cabin crew strip off for charity calendar
Members of Ryanair's cabin crew have again stripped off to raise money for charity.
The no-frills airline launched its fourth annual charity calendar yesterday, which features a dozen of its female staff wearing only bikinis.
It hopes to raise up to €100,000 for the German charity Tafel, which provides food to those suffering from poverty and malnutrition across Germany, including a large number of children.
“Ryanair’s cabin crew stunners are delighted once again to strip off for charity,” said Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive.
He added that the decision to donate the proceeds to a German charity was due to the fact that 30pc of sales of the 2010 calendar were made in Germany. Last year’s calendar saw money donated to the UK charity KIDS.
The publication of the 2009 calendar led to Labour MEP Mary Honeyball accusing Ryanair of "sexualising" the airline industry, describing the stunt as "a desperate bid for profits".
Mr O'Leary responded by describing Ms Honeyball as "anti-fun", before sending her his own copy of the calendar.
Gerd Häuser, Tafel’s Chief Executive, said: “We thank everyone at Ryanair on behalf of our 50,000 volunteers who deliver food every day to people in need throughout Germany.”
The calendar costs €10, and can be bought on board Ryanair flights, and on the airline’s website. All proceeds go to charity. See www.ryanair.com.