Ryanair buys new private jet to shuttle staff
IT IS the plushest jet in the Ryanair fleet and is being used to fly executives, engineers and crews across Europe.
The airline operates almost 300 Boeing 737-800 series jets, but the firm now uses a Learjet 45 executive aircraft, which is registered in the Isle of Man.
Produced in the US by Bombardier Aerospace, a new Learjet 45 costs around $11.5m (€8.9m) and is generally configured to carry a two-person crew and up to nine passengers.
It is understood that Ryanair is using the jet to fly its executives to meetings at its European bases as well as the quick deployment of engineering staff, pilots and cabin crew.