Ryanair Asks Crews to Lose Weight to Cut Fuel Costs

Amid other desperate attempts to reduce weight on flights
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2012 12:23 PM CDT
Ryanair Asks Crews to Lose Weight to Cut Fuel Costs
In this 2009 file picture, a Ryanair aircraft is about to take off at the airport in Bremen, northern Germany.   (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, File)

With fuel costs on the rise, Ryanair is desperately trying everything it can think of to shave some weight off its planes—including slimming down its in-flight magazine, serving less ice, and even telling its flight crews to watch their weight, the Telegraph reports. "We cut costs wherever possible," a spokesman says. "We also considered removing armrests, but decided against it."

The airline isn't requiring flight attendants to slim down, but it is encouraging them to do so, saying that those who do will have the privilege of appearing in its "Girls of Ryanair" calendar. Yes, really. You can see for yourself here. (More Ryanair stories.)

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