"Recognising unions will be a significant change for Ryanair, but we have delivered radical change before, most recently when we launched Ryanair Labs and our highly successful Always Getting Better customer improvement programme in 2013".
Ryanair has stated that they will only be able to meet on the 20th, the same day as the planned strike and have remained firm, saying that they cannot meet before the 20th.
Ryanair has previously said that it will not be able to meet with union officials until Wednesday.
"Ryanair today confirmed that the German pilot union and IMPACT/IALPA have agreed to Ryanair's offer of meetings to agree union recognition on Wednesday 20 December", said the statement.
This was great news for many, but the pilots union, IMPACT still intend to strike if the airline can not meet before the strike date.
Wilson said, however, he did not expect management would deal with an unofficial pan-European pilot body, the European Employee Representative Council (EERC), that pilots have formed in recent months, describing it as "unworkable".
Claims by two analysts that Mr O'Leary's position as chief executive, which he has held since 1994, was being questioned by investors were met with a terse response from the airline.
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RYANAIR has offered to meet with their Irish pilots' union a day before the planned strike next week.
Impact had warned Mr O'Leary that the threatened industrial action would either ground flights or generate substantial losses for the company.
Her organisation has affiliates in about 150 countries, including Siptu and Impact in the Republic.
The pilots mobilised after Ryanair in September announced the cancellation of around 20,000 flights, which it blamed on a lack of standby pilots due to a failure in its rostering following a rule change by Irish regulators.
Ms Blackshaw said unions wanted to tackle issues such as direct employment and discuss pay, rosters and other conditions.
The low-priced airline's refusal to recognise unions was at the heart of the model that transformed the small Irish regional airline into Europe's largest carrier by passenger numbers.
Impact does not represent cabin crew in Ryanair, but the union indicated on Friday that it would welcome moves to recognise groups that represent these staff. "They've gotten our offer of recognition in writing and we're happy to meet them next week, which itself is the first act in recognising IALPA", Ryanair said.
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