Since its founding, Ryanair has revolutionized how people view air travel. Thanks to its affordable travel costs, the company attracts significantly more travelers than other airlines. Ryanair may have its fair share of troubles, but charging exorbitant amounts of money is not one of them. Whether you’ve ever boarded a Ryanair airplane or only heard about it on the internet, here are some interesting facts you need to know about the airliner.

1. The CEO of Ryanair Once Owned a One-Car Taxi Company

Micheal O’Leary, Ryanair CEO, is not new to controversy. In 2004, he launched a private taxi company with only one car: a Mercedes Benz S-Class. He obtained the taxi license plates for his car to legally use the bus lanes in Dublin to avoid traffic.

2. Ryanair Wanted to Charge Its Passengers £1 to Use the Toilets

In 2009, Ryanair’s CEO proposed an idea to charge the passengers of Ryanair airplanes £1 to use the toilets, especially for flights that lasted an hour or less. His true intentions were to remove two of the three bathrooms on the airplanes to create space for an additional six seats. The proposal failed as it violated the EU regulations on air travel.

3. Ryanair Once Claimed It will Offer Beds and Adult Services in its Business Class

While speaking about a new Transatlantic spin-off airline, the CEO of Ryanair once mentioned that in the business class, passengers would be offered beds and other adult services. On the other hand, passengers in the economy class would pay as little as 10 euros.

4. Ryanair Was Ranked for the Worst Customer Service by Which Magazine

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In a survey conducted by Which Magazine, Ryanair was ranked lowest for offering the worst customer service. Out of 4,000 people who gave their reviews, Ryanair scored a meager 45% for customer service.

5. Ryanair Started by Serving a Single Route

When it was launched in 1984, Ryanair only served a single route from London Gatwick Airport to Southern Ireland. Today, Ryanair serves more than 200 routes and is available in 37 countries.

6. It was the First Airline Company in Europe to Start Fare Wars

Two years after its launch, Ryanair obtained permission from the EU to lower its prices. So, it cut the airfare prices from £200 to £99, half of what British Airways and Aer Lingus were charging. Eventually, the two leading air companies in the region had to also slash their prices. Ryanair used the same technique in their other routes.

7. Ryanair Has Never Had an Accident or Fatality

Despite being a low-cost airline and once ranking the worst in customer service, Ryanair has maintained an excellent safety record for the 37 years it has been in operation. It is one of the few airlines that has never reported fatal crashes.

8. Two Students Built the Ryanair Website

In 2000, John Beckett, a 17-year-old student, built the Ryanair website with the help of his friend Tom Leniham. This was revolutionary at the time because the website was used as an online booking portal, processing 21.4 million online bookings for Ryanair in the first three years. Before settling for John Beckett, Ryanair had received quotes as high as IR£3.5 million. The two students were paid IR£20,000.

9. Ryanair was Named the Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe

In 2022, Ryanair won the Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe at the 2022 World Airline Awards. This was a tremendous achievement for the Irish Airline, considering that this was just after the pandemic that crippled transportation.

10. Ryanair was Once Known as Danren Enterprises

When Ryanair was founded in 1984, it was known as Danren Enterprises before it was rebranded a year later. The company’s first CEO was Eugene O’Neill. He was sacked in 1987 after nearly running Ryanair to the ground – he was good at marketing but wasn’t very gifted in accounts and sales.

11. Ryanair Took Advantage of 9/11 to Order Boeing Airplanes at a Discount

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A few months after the 9/11 terror attack, Ryanair ordered 100 Boeing 737s at a considerable discount. At the time, people were very skeptical about flying, so the demand for airplanes temporarily plummeted. Ryanair read the situation excellently and purchased bulk aircraft equipment at relatively low prices.

12. The Company is Heavily Committed to Safeguarding the Environment

Over the years, Ryanair has made numerous attempts to promote sustainability. For instance, in 2019, they developed a new policy to buy 210 new Boeing 737 aircraft, reducing fuel consumption by 16% and significantly minimizing noise emissions. Ryanair has a plan to become carbon neutral in 2050.

13. Ryanair Launched a Campaign Against British Airways by Calling Them “Expensive B*stards”

In the late nineties, British Airways (BA) sued Ryanair for running an ad campaign labeled “Expensive B*stards”. Although the judge hearing the case asked Ryanair to stop using the phrase, there was no further punishment for the Irish carrier.

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Last Update: March 1, 2024