Vodafone Ireland will support Ryanair’s communication and IT needs across Europe, including ticketing, check-in, ground crew, inflight crew and pilot systems.
The communications company will provide local and wide area network access, telephony, fixed line and mobile 3G and 4G functionality across Ryanair’s 189 locations in Europe and North Africa.
There will also be a roll out of iPads to air crew, called ‘Electronic Flight Bags,’ as part of Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” improvement programme.
John Hurley, chief technology officer of Ryanair, said: “We’re continuing to enhance the Ryanair experience for our 90 million annual customers, and this partnership with Vodafone will provide us with the technical support to allow us to make these improvements quickly and seamlessly, including the introduction of paperless cockpits and a swifter inflight sales system.”
Anne Sheehan, Vodafone Ireland’s enterprise director, said: “This partnership is one of the most significant for Vodafone in Ireland and is further evidence of our strategy of providing large enterprise with total communications solutions to drive productivity and efficiencies.
“We have embraced Ryanair’s dynamic and unique approach by providing complete end-to-end technology solutions and we have tailored to Ryanair’s requirements across 189 locations in Europe.
“Ryanair is a company that is driving innovative technological solutions in the airline industry and Vodafone is delighted to partner with them to drive this evolution.”