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Thursday 26 April 2018

Ryanair launches new private jet service....with lots of frills

Interior private Ryanair jet service
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Leather, business class seats and fine dining: surely this can’t be Ryanair?

Yes, it’s not April 1, and Ryanair has launched a private jet hire service.

It has kitted out one of its Boeing 737 aircraft with 60 reclining business class seats upholstered in leather, making the aircraft available for private charter services.

Who could ever have imagined this three years ago?

The aircraft will be piloted and crewed by Ryanair staff.

The airline, headed by Michael O’Leary, is pitching the service at corporate clients, or groups such as teams heading off to sporting events. Euro 2016 anyone?

Ryanair spokesman Robin Kiely said the Boeing 737-700 is fully customised, and can handle a flight duration of up to six hours. Fine dining catering facilities are also available. There’ll still be someone who just wants a ham sandwich, though.

“The jet is available to hire on a cost per hour basis, with quotes dependent on the departure and arrival airports, and we offer the most competitive rate in Europe.”

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