MIAMI – As aviation enthusiasts, each time we think about Ryanair, (FR) the Boeing 737-8AS comes into mind. The LCC currently has a total of 425 active aircraft.
Before the pandemic, each one used to perform between four and six cycles per day. In this article, we will talk about other aircraft that have been useful to the carrier, which has the biggest Boeing 737-800 fleet in Europe. As we will see, that is not the only fleet FR has.
The Bombardier Learjet 45
Ryanair possesses three Bombardier Learjet 45, with registrations M-ABEU, (MSN:374), M-ABGV, (MSN:421) and M-ABJA, (MSN:454). These aircraft were delivered to the company on January 24, 2012, June 9, 2014, and December 24, 2015, respectively.
The main purpose of this aircraft is to carry the airline’s logistics. The principal profit driver for a carrier is having its fleet in the air, especially in the low-cost market. FR has the Learjets strategically positioned in Milan, Bergamo, (BGY), Dublin, Ireland, (DUB), and London, Stansted, (STN).
These are the airports that have maintenance hangars to perform regular aircraft checks. Therefore, if any aircraft has a problem, FR uses these three aircraft to transport replacement parts to put planes back into the air. FR’s logistics maintenance works for 24 hours, 364 days a year, excluding Christmas Day.
Learjets 45 are also used to train pilots and renew their flight licenses. Ryanair has an aircraft training program, that provides flight hours to the new cadets that want to start a life in the aviation world. Most of them are hired and start their Boeing 737-800 training program.
Moreover, these aircraft perform executive flights to Ryanair’s board of directors. If the managers, the board, or even Michael O’leary himself, need to fly from Dublin to every base that Ryanair operates, these aircraft are chosen to get the job done.
It is easier for FR to reach point-to-point bases in a couple of hours and return home safely without additional costs, not only with the executive flights but also with its Pilot training and logistics, regarding the aircraft component of its 24-hour transport availability.
The Boeing 737-700
Ryanair has a unique aircraft in its huge fleet. The Boeing 737-700. The type is mainly used to perform crew training, and it is configured with a 60-passenger cabin for executive flights that require more than the Learjet’s capacity. The main difference is the configuration, 2-2, with a larger space between seats, against the 3-3 from the normal Boeing 737-800.
According to FR, the Boeing 737-700 can be leased for charter flights and Business travelers can enjoy the benefits of the airline’s corporate jet service, which caters to a different market than the one the carrier usually services.
The Boeing 737-700 was delivered to FR in 2015. It had its time with Azzurra Air (ZS), delivered in 1999, under the registration EI-CRP. It was acquired by multiple companies before joining FR’s Fleet. The type remains active, flying everywhere.
Featured image: M-ABJA 22-02-2017 LPPT. Photo: Hugo Guerra