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2004: Michael O'Leary poses for the camera during the opening of a new maintenance facility at Prestwick, Scotland. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

2004: Michael O'Leary poses for the camera during the opening of a new maintenance facility at Prestwick, Scotland. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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2009: Micheal O'Leary addresses the media at a press conference on the Lisbon Treaty in Dublin. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

2009: Micheal O'Leary addresses the media at a press conference on the Lisbon Treaty in Dublin. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

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2003: Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary gestures in front of a banner the company erected outside of rival British Airways' travel shop.  Photo: SINEAD LYNCH/AFP/Getty Images

2003: Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary gestures in front of a banner the company erected outside of rival British Airways' travel shop. Photo: SINEAD LYNCH/AFP/Getty Images

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Brian Dowling leaves as the winner of Ultimate Big Brother

Brian Dowling leaves as the winner of Ultimate Big Brother

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2004: Michael O'Leary poses for the camera during the opening of a new maintenance facility at Prestwick, Scotland. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Almost 30 years since it was founded, Ryanair has grown from a single, 15-seater plane to a colossus in the world of aviation. We crunch the numbers.

1: The amount of share capital, in British pounds, used to establish Ryanair in 1985. £1 is also the amount Michael O’Leary once threatened to charge passengers for using Ryanair’s toilets.

2: The number of carry-on bags you can take on-board a Ryanair flight. After years of passenger frustration, the airline relented on its 'one-bag' policy this year.

3: The number of days for which passengers queued on Dublin's Dawson Street to buy Easter sale fares back in 1990. The fares? £59 Irish punts.

5: The number of clicks it now takes to make a booking on Ryanair.com.

20: The number of clicks it took to book a flight one year ago.

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2003: Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary gestures in front of a banner the company erected outside of rival British Airways' travel shop.  Photo: SINEAD LYNCH/AFP/Getty Images

2003: Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary gestures in front of a banner the company erected outside of rival British Airways' travel shop. Photo: SINEAD LYNCH/AFP/Getty Images

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2003: Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary gestures in front of a banner the company erected outside of rival British Airways' travel shop. Photo: SINEAD LYNCH/AFP/Getty Images


29: Years since the airline was founded, in 1985.

46: Ryanair's average fare, in euro, over 2013.

53: Age of Michael O'Leary. The Ryanair CEO plans to stay at the airline for at least the next five years.

73: Miles (approx) from Oslo to Torp Airport.

160: Ryanair's name change fee (for changes at the airport, or call centre).

183: Destinations served by the airline.

300: Number of planes in the Ryanair fleet.

1,600: Average flights per day in Europe.

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Brian Dowling

Brian Dowling

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2,000: Year cabin crew member Brian Dowling (above) won Big Brother.

9,500+: Number of Ryanair employees.

100,000: Number of seats sold for 99p to celebrate Ryanair’s 20th birthday in 2005.

550,000: The number of hotels customers can book on Ryanair.com as of last Monday. It follows the announcement of a strategic partnership with Booking.com.

3.5 million: Number of passengers Ryanair expects to carry this Christmas.

89 million: Number of passengers it expects to carry in 2014.

150 million: Number of passengers it expects to carry in 2024.

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2009: Micheal O'Leary addresses the media at a press conference on the Lisbon Treaty in Dublin. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

2009: Micheal O'Leary addresses the media at a press conference on the Lisbon Treaty in Dublin. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

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2009: Micheal O'Leary addresses the media at a press conference on the Lisbon Treaty in Dublin. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images


407 million: The amount (in euro) that Ryanair spent buying a 29.8pc stake in Aer Lingus. Ryanair is currently fighting a UK Competition Commission ruling ordering it to lower its stake to 5pc.

750 million: Profit (in euro) that Ryanair expects to make this year.

22 billion: The amount (in dollars) that Ryanair will spend in a monster deal to buy 100 Boeing 737 MAX 200s, with the option of 100 more.

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