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Ryanair’s plane fixers join jet-set

By Grainne Cunningham

Published 24/10/2012 | 00:00

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 (£1,600) an hour to run, it is being hailed as a valuable business investment for the budget airline.

And true to company form, the Learjet is not being used as an executive craft for “jollies around Europe” — a spokesman said he didn’t believe the airline's boss Michael O'Leary had even been on board.

Instead, the company uses the Learjet to transport engineers as quickly as possible to any destination where a plane is experiencing technical problems.

The Learjet is based at Ryanair's hub at Stansted, near London.

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