History: Ryanair was set up by the Ryan family with a share capital of just £1. The launch of the first route was in July with daily flight on a 15-seater Bandeirante aircraft, operating daily from Waterford in the southeast of Ireland to London Gatwick. In 1986 Ryanair obtains permission to fly the Dublin-London route.
In December 1993 Ryanair announces a deal to buy a fleet of six Boeing 737 aircraft direct from Boeing and allow Ryanair to start replacing the old BAC1-11 jets.
In September 1995 Ryanair becomes the first low fares airline to operate a domestic route in the UK with flights from London Stansted to Glasgow Prestwick. In 1997 Ryanair launches its first four European routes. On 20th March 1999 Ryanair accepts delivery of its first new Boeing 737-800 series aircraft.
In 2000 Ryanair launches the website - www.ryanair.com. Within three months the site is taking over 50,000 bookings a week. In 2001, Ryanair selects its first Continental European base at Brussels Charleroi Airport with 5 more B737-800s. To accommodate this growth, Ryanair announces the largest ever aircraft order by an Irish airline by increasing our aircraft order with Boeing from 45 to 125 firm aircraft, with a further 125 options as more bases in Europe were opened.
By 2007,traffic grows by 20% to 51m passengers , it took delivery of 30 new aircraft to operate a fleet of 163 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. In 2010, traffic grew to 72.1m passengers. Took delivery of a further 40 new aircraft as the fleet rose to 272 Boeing 737-800. As the years passes the company just kept getting bigger and bigger, with new bases opening all over Europe and placing firm orders for 183 B737-800S and 200 B737 Max 200s.
Operations: Ryanair concentrates most of its flights in Europe, however Ireland, Germany, France, Spain and the UK are the main bases flying to the main and secondary Airports across all of continental Europe. The airline has much presence as well in Eastern Europe where it also has many bases and in the process to open new ones. It's a popular airline to fly with and to see the distinctive Ryanair logo in most Europeans airports in no surprise now a days, where it is the number one airline in terms of passenger carried in both leisure and business destinations.
Ryanair flies as far as to the Azores Islands, Morocco and The Canary Islands amongst many more within it's network or more than 200 destinations and connecting 33 countries.
Fleet: Boeing 737-800, with the new series max on order.