Hello, and welcome to the vRYR September update! I hope you’re all well and staying safe.
In August, we resumed our monthly updates. It’s a great way of learning more about our virtual airline, if you’re interested in what we’re doing behind the scenes, as well as other aspects of vRYR we’re working to make better for pilots. We touched on stats, routes, pilot engagement as well as events and the plan for the month.
It’s been a hectic year for us at vRYR so far, and August was no exception. We’ve re-branded, merged and recruited; with our focus on continuing to provide a great pilot experience.
At the end of August, we announced our plans to merge vLDM into vRYR; consolidating all our operations under one virtual airline. I’m pleased to announce, following the incredible work from the Ops Team and Route Managers, that the move is now complete! Pilots can now book LDM routes here at vRYR, and use the A320s on the selected routes. vLDM will remain open until Friday 4th September, so that you can continue to book and fly for both virtual airlines if you wish. Come Friday, vLDM will close and all operations will be handled at vRYR.
To handle the additional workload, and to continue striving for more accurate routes for you to book and fly, we have recruited seven more Route Managers in the last 10 days. Our Routes team are fundamental to how we operate and our drive for better routes. This couldn’t have happened without Elias, he spent most of his weeks selecting, training and setting on the new Route Managers and we are forever thankful for his support. If you’re interested in joining the vRYR Routes Team, working with Europe’s biggest virtual airline and serving 20,000 pilots, speak to Ian or Elias about the role.
While we’re on the topic of recruitment, we are also pleased to announce the launch of an all-new pilot engagement strategy, which involves the recruitment of 2x Community Managers. We mentioned back in August’s update that the vRYR team we’re focusing on community, operations and support; and the launch of the new roles will help us continue to manage and drive the vRYR community forward. Recruitment for Community Managers will begin from Thursday 3rd September for two weeks. We’ll be sending out more info to the Discord server on Thursday morning for those interested in taking their vRYR experience to the next level!
In August we launched our stand allocations project, where our pilots could submit Ryanair stand information for all our airports, and we’ve had over 200 submissions so far! Thank you for all your support. We’ll be adding these in the next couple of weeks.
There has been some confusion in the Discord server around how we’re operating routes through Coronavirus. Back in March we announced we wouldn’t cancel routes unlike our real-world airline. This gave us a situation where, due to the lack of flight data available, route updates were sparse and unmanageable. Almost six months on, we’ve been able to review our stance on route updates. We have decided to offer all the routes that would normally be available. If a country goes back into lockdown, if certain routes are suspended or airports close, then we will follow suit and suspend the relevant routes. With flight data more readily available for us to use, we feel now is the best time to build back more realism into our operations, and we believe this the best approach going forward.
If you’re not part of our Discord server and you would like to join, hit ‘Discord’ in the website navigation bar which will take you to the server. We highly recommend all pilots join the server and be part of our community. Introduce yourself to pilots and staff, share screenshots and live streams, raise issues or questions and be the first to hear about NOTAMs, events and tours.
It’s set to be another busy month for us at vRYR! We’ve got more events and tours on the way, as well as new ways for you to get involved here at Europe’s biggest virtual airline. For now, thank you for reading the September update!