Air Zimbabwe more punctual than easyJet: Ryanair

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Irish low-cost airline Ryanair Monday used a photograph of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to illustrate its comparison of rival easyJet's punctuality with that of Air Zimbabwe.

The move came ten days after Ryanair paid out undisclosed libel damages to easyJet's founder.

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary was forced to apologise to easyJet's Stelios Haji-Ioannou for depicting him as a Pinocchio figure and suggesting he was lying about easyJet's punctuality.

But if anyone thought the pugnacious O'Leary would be chastened by the experience, they have been proved wrong.

"Here's easyJet's new head of punctuality," said the adverts taken out in British newspapers, showing a photo of a gesticulating Mugabe.

The adverts quote articles in the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times newspapers earlier this month that unfavourably compared the punctuality rates of the low-cost carrier and the troubled Zimbabwean airline.

EasyJet did not immediately comment on the advertisements taken out by its rival.

© 2010 AFP

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