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Ryanair

Ryanair is an Irish low-cost carrier established in 1984 as Danren Enterprises. It was soon renamed Ryanair after one of the founders, Tony Ryan. Together with Ryanair UK, Ryanair Sun and Lauda it belongs to the Ryanair Holdings. It is the world's 1st largest airline by the number of routes served and the 5th by the number of passengers carried. Ryanair is present in as many as 37 countries, operates over 2,000 flights a day and flies over 130 million customers a year. In 2017, it became the first European airline to have carried over 1 billion passengers. It has a sister airline named Ryanair Sun which is based in Warsaw, Poland. It initially served charter flights but soon it started to operate scheduled flights on behalf of Ryanair.

Hand baggage

The carrier offers several bag options to satisfy everyone's needs. All Ryanair customers can carry only 1 small personal bag, such as a laptop bag, a handbag, or a small backpack on board. It cannot be bigger than 40cm x 20cm x 25cm and must fit under the seat in front them. Priority & 2 Cabin Bags customers, Plus / Flexi / Family ticket holders or connecting flight passengers are allowed 1 additional bag of up to 10kg that will be stored in the overhead locker. It may not be bigger than 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm. Duty free bags are allowed on board along with cabin baggage. Customers without priority boarding carrying a larger bag need to leave it at the boarding gate to be put into the aircraft hold. Medical items can be carried on board free of charge if authorised by the special assistance team.

Registered baggage

Non-priority customers who wish to take more baggage can add a 10kg bag which must be left at the bag drop desk. Each passenger can buy up to 3 items of checked baggage of 20kg. It is recommended that passengers make sure that a bag does not exceed the 20kg limit in order to avoid a costly fee for excess baggage. 20 kg allowance applies to sports equipment and musical instruments, too. If heavier - a fee of £/€11 per kilo will be levied. Any sports gear or musical instrument that won't fit in the cabin bag will be transferred into the aircraft hold. Baggage can be purchased when booking a flight or can be added via the My Booking section up to 2 hours before the scheduled departure time. Purchasing a bag online is cheaper than via a call centre or at the airport. However, fees may be higher during peak periods and on selected routes. When travelling on the same reservation, passengers can pool or share their purchased baggage allowance. If the reservation has two 20kg checked bags (40 kg in total) one of the bags could weigh 27kg and the other 13kg. However, items exceeding 32kg or 81cms x 119cm x 119cm dimensions will not be accepted by Ryanair.

Online check-in

Online check-in can be carried out on the website or using the Ryanair mobile application. It is available between 48 hours and 2 hours before the scheduled departure time. For the reserved seats it is even 60 days before. After logging into myRyanair account, passengers retrieve their booking. In the My trips section the Check-in button will be next to the upcoming trip. After filling in ID information passengers can choose the option to reserve their seat for a charge or have one allocated randomly for free. When checking-in online extras such as baggage or insurance can be added as well for a peace of mind. After checking-in successfully the boarding card can be downloaded or printed off. Only Flexi Plus customers can check-in at the airport for free.

Ryanair travel classes

When flying with Ryanair travellers can choose from the three types of fares: Ryanair Regular, Family Plus and Flexi Plus. Ryanair Regular is a standard fare that includes the flight with the ability to add travel extras. It is the cheapest option for those who just want to get from one place to another at low cost. With Family Plus fare passengers additionally can bring two 20kg registered bags, two cabin bags as well as may be one of the first to board the plane. Ryanair gives parents travelling with infants the benefit of bringing 2 pieces of infant equipment free of charge as well as a baby bag up to 5kg. Flexi Plus is addressed to those who may need flexibility with ticket changes, for instance business travellers. Free airport check-in, two cabin bags, security fast track, priority boarding and a reserved seat - all of these also go with the fare.

Fleet

Ryanair operates a sizeable fleet of over 450, relatively young Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which makes the carrier world's largest Boeing 737-800 operator. The average age of the fleet is 5.5 years. Boeing 737-800 can seat up to 189 passengers, features three rows of extra leg room seats, and three bathrooms. An order has been made for 135 new Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft and an order another 75 Boeing 737 MAX 200s, that will replace older planes, is being considered. Ryanair plans to have 585 aircraft in operation by 2024 to be able to carry 160 million passengers p.a.

Dublin airport

Dublin airport, located 10 km north of Dublin, is the 13th busiest airport in Europe with as many as over 31.5 million passengers served in 2018. From Dublin airport travellers can reach 180 direct destinations.The airlines such as Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Stobart Air, ASL Airlines Ireland, CityJet and Norwegian Air International has their headquarters at Dublin airport. Before the flight passengers can purchase holiday essentials and gifts by visiting the shopping area where everyone will find something for themselves from electronics, fashion accessories, cosmetics and books to jewellery. In most cases very attractive airport discounts apply. In both terminals there are places where travellers can dine or relax over a coffee. They include restaurants serving up, among others, fast food, Thai cuisine, sandwiches, healthy options as well cafes and juice bars. The airport offers free WiFi throughout its terminals, baby changing facilities, a pharmacy, a multi-faith prayer room, or a Catholic church located on site. Dublin airport is served by an extensive network of bus and coach routes connecting it with the capital and many other cities or Ireland. Taxi service is available at taxi ranks near the terminals.

Refreshments

There are no complimentary in-flight refreshments when flying with Ryanair, however, passengers can choose from a wide variety of snacks and beverages available for purchase from the onboard bar. Ryanair customers can bring their own food onboard, excluding hot drinks. Meals can be pre-ordered when checking in for a flight on Ryanair.com earlier than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time on flights from Dublin airport before 07:00am and before 08:00am on flights departing from Birmingham, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Glasgow Prestwick, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, London Stansted, Cork, Shannon, Belfast, Porto, Faro, Malaga, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife South and all German bases except Frankfurt Hahn and Nuremberg; this includes Baden-Baden, Berlin Schönefeld, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf Weeze, Frankfurt International, Hamburg, Leipzig, Memmingen, Stuttgart even if booked through a travel agent. The meal option for pre 7am flights out of Dublin before 7am is the early Irish breakfast. The availability of breakfasts is limited, so it is recommended to make a pre-order as early as possible. The menu includes a variety of mains such as vegan lasagne, ratatouille, panini, chicken tikka masala or barilla bolognese. There are also kids' options including chicken nuggets or pizza.

Additional services

Ryanair has its in-flight shop Runway Retail Boutique which sells skincare products, cosmetics or holiday essentials ensuring much cheaper prices than usual. The offer features brands such as Clinique, Sosu, Kiehls, or Elizabeth Arden.

Ryanair also offers its Boeing 737-700 for private charter. The aircraft features spacious and luxurious interior with reclining, leather seats for 60 passengers as well as fine dining, personalised catering service. The jet can be chartered for the purposes of private corporate, team or group travel.