Ryanair's fancy jet 'for engineers'
NO ONE could seriously accuse Ryanair of indulging in life's little luxuries -- so if the low-cost airline has acquired a fancy jet, it must be a money-saving device.
Even though the company's new Learjet 45 costs up to €2,000 an hour to run, it is being hailed as a valuable business investment for the budget airline.
Ryanair operates at full capacity during the summer months, with all aircraft in use as much as possible, so the company uses the Learjet to transport engineers as quickly as possible to any destination where a plane is experiencing technical problems.
"So far it has worked out really well. We have had just 10 cancellations out of 150,000 flights," a spokesman said.
The Learjet is based at Ryanair's hub at Stansted, near London.
From there, it gets engineers to airports such as Paris Beauvais -- where the company does not have an engineering base -- quickly and relatively cheaply.
Until Ryanair began using the Learjet, the company had to rely on commercial flights to get its engineering staff to wherever they were needed most.