Everybody knows of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800s which wear the carrier’s distinctive yellow and blue livery. However, did you know that Ryanair also operates one Boeing 737-700? This aircraft is unique to the airline in more ways than one!
If you hear the name Ryanair, the luxury of a corporate jet is probably the last thing that comes to mind. However, the airline does indeed operate one single Boeing 737 fitted out as a corporate jet. When the aircraft is not in use, it is often used for staff training as it cannot be used for regularly scheduled flights.
Let’s look inside
Ryanair’s corporate jet seats up to 60 passengers. The aircraft has 15 rows of 2-2 seating; a huge step up in luxury from the traditional layout. The rows are fairly generously laid out too. Ryanair typically offers a pitch of 30 inches onboard its aircraft. However, on its corporate jet, this stretches to 48 inches of seat pitch.
Ryanair describes the seats as being “business class”. They are made from leather and recline, unlike Ryanair’s typical seating. The pilots and cabin crew onboard the aircraft are not specific to the aircraft. Instead, they are drawn from Ryanair’s general pool of staff.
The Irish low-cost airline offers three different packages of catering for those who choose to book the corporate jet experience with Ryanair. These range from €15-€45 per passenger.
The Ryanair Bronze package provides each passenger with hot drinks and snacks. This package comes in at €15. Jumping up €10 to €25 is the Silver package. These see passengers being able to take advantage of a hot breakfast or a cold meal. Additionally, non-alcoholic drinks are provided.
Ryanair’s final catering package comes in at a sweet €45 per person, more than I’ve paid for most Ryanair flights. For €45, passengers can choose from a range of hot and cold meals. Additionally, a complimentary drink is included in the price.
About the aircraft
The aircraft which Ryanair uses for shuttling VIPs around is the airline’s sole Boeing 737-700. The aircraft is registered as EI-SEV and is approaching 21 years of age. According to Planespotters, the aircraft has had a fairly varied ownership history. The aircraft was originally delivered with an Irish registration to Azzurra Air in 1999. In May 2002, it was transferred to Rio Sul, before joining Maersk Air in June 2004.
The aircraft then flew for Sterling Airlines, Aires, and LAN Columbia before passing into the hands of Wells Fargo Bank in June of 2014. A little under a year later in May 2015 the aircraft joined Ryanair becoming Irish once more.
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