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Low-fares airlines Ryanair are the Irish carrier, the biggest and the most popular of that kind in Europe. Despite controversial ideas, airlines are very popular among tourists thanks to cheap prices, though their name can be quite a challenge for passengers looking for air connections.

Rayner, Rayanair, Raynair or Rynair, and even Rajaner – these are often names for airlines Ryanair given by people looking for not expensive possibilities of travelling. The carrier covers nearly 100 airports of the old continent and one in Morocco. Their planes land, among others, on Polish airports in Gdańsk, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Kraków, Lublin, Łódź, Modlin, Poznań, Rzeszów, Szczecin and Wrocław. To the network of connections of Irish airlines new directions are added each year. 

Airlines were founded in 1985 by a family of Ryans: Christy Ryan, Liam Lonergan – the owner of Irish tour-operator “Club Travel” and the Irish businessman Tony Ryan – a founder of the enterprise Guinness Peat Aviation. Historical first flights were carried out on Embraer Bandeirante on a route Waterford – London Gatwick. A year later airlines started to fly between Dublin and London Luton.

With each year number of passengers using Ryanair’s services is growing. Due to losses that carrier recorded in 1991, management of airlines introduced program of restructuring, for which personally was responsible Micheal O’Leary. Introducing it, resulted in fantastic outcomes, making it the biggest in Europe low-cost airlines, when it comes to civil airlines. Since the year 2000 Ryanair is selling flight tickets online. Main headquarters of the airlines is Dublin. The carrier was given a title of the most on time airlines in Europe by Association of European Airlines and Civil Aviation Authority of Great Britain.

Hand luggage in Ryanair

Each passenger of Ryanair airlines can take onboard hand luggage of sizes 55 x 40 x 20 cm. But this bag, backpack or suitcase can’t weigh more than 10 kilos. Additionally, each passenger can take with him another, smaller hand luggage onboard of a Ryanair plan. It can’t be bigger than 35 x 20 x 20 cm. In this case there are no weight limits. This second hand luggage in most cases are women’s bag, bag with laptop or kid’s backpack. Both hand luggage are included in price of each Ryanair’s ticket.

To a hand luggage you can’t pack everything. Ryanair airline, as any other airlines, is checking content of hand luggage of passengers before every flight. Due to safety reasons you can’t bring on board liquids in other package than strictly defined ones – each container has to have maximum 100 ml of liquid, be transparent, and all small bottles have to fit in one bag of 1-litre capacity. That means that each passenger can bring onboard maximum 1 litre of liquids – shampoo, shower gel, liquid for mouth rinsing etc.

These limitations are not concerning children’s food and medications. Milk or other liquids for kids have to be separately declare during a security check. Usually, a parent has to try liquid. Medications and food for children can be carried only in amount needed during a journey.

Registered luggage of Ryanair

In Ryanair airlines registered luggage is not included in the price of ticket. Each passenger can buy possibility of taking with him registered luggage. One person can take maximum three suitcases, each weighting no more than 20 kilos. In Ryanair airline, maximum sizes of registered luggage – the one that goes to a storage cabinet – are strictly defined. Each suitcase can measure maximum 81 x 119 x 119 cm.

Level of fares for registered luggage in Ryanair is dependent on dates of flight and place of purchasing additional luggage. Purchasing possibility of taking registered luggage via Internet is cheaper than buying it at airport, just before a take-off. For excess baggage in Ryanair airlines you have to pay extra fare for each kilo.

Content of registered luggage can be controlled at airport. In Ryanair airlines rules regarding registered luggage are the same as in any other airlines. You can’t pack to registered luggage flammable substances or explosive ones. The fact, if and in what amount food, alcohol or cigarettes are allowed in registered luggage depends on route of a journey and customs rules that are obligatory on it.

Online check-in

Travelling with airlines Ryanair, in period between 4 days to 2 hours before flight, we have possibility to check-in online and by the way purchase preferred place on plane’s board. Online check-in requires filling in personal information of travelling passengers. Online check-in needs to be done for each passenger. After completing it, you should print your boarding pass.

On the airport, during check-in, you have to show your boarding pass together with personal identification document used for online check-in. If you forget to take your boarding pass or to check-in online, you can do it at airport. Lack of boarding pass means additional fee for check-in at the airport. How much is the charge is defined by Ryanair.

It is best to check-in as soon as possible, to be sure that process is conducted properly.

Reservation classes

Ryanair offers a choice between two classes, Standard and Business Plus. The difference between them is based on fares, traveling with Standard one can be sometimes even three times cheaper, but passenger can’t count on any privileges. 

Class Business Plus was introduced at the end of August 2014. The ticket is more expensive and can be purchased only for chosen flights. By choosing this fare passengers can manage their booking in any moment, by, among others, modifying tickets according to their needs. The booking gives possibility to change the date of flight even an hour before planned departure. Included in price are also privilege in getting through security checks or boarding. Business Plus class means additional services and privileges, but onboard comfort is no different than in Standard one. Those passengers buying more expensive tickets can’t even count on free refreshments.

Fleet

In Ryanair’s fleet there are only planes Boeing 737-800. There are around 300 machines of this type flying under the Ryanair’s brand. Their average age is 5.5 years. 

Boeings 737 are the most popular narrow-body passengers airplanes of average range. In different versions they have been produced since 1967. Boeings 737-800, that are at Ryanair’s service, can take onboard up to 189 passengers. Seats are symmetrically situated, three per each side of the cabin, in 33 rows on one side and 32 rows on the other. Onboard could fit more passengers, but machines have been certificated for carrying maximum 189 passengers. A passage is located in the middle.

Boeing 737-800 can reach speed of 840 kilometres per hour. Without middle landing it can fly 5420 kilometres. It can reach altitude of 12 496 metres, has 39 metres of length and spread of wings of 34 metres. It weighs 40 410 kilos.

In next few years Ryanair’s fleet will increase of 200 other planes of the same type.  Airlines are considering purchasing additional 100 planes Boeing 737 MAX 200. If they do so, till 2024 Ryanair’s fleet will count around 520 planes, on which boards each year around 160 million passenger will travel.

Dublin airport

The international airport is a main flying base for, among others, Ryanair. It is located around 10 kilometres north from the Irish capital. The airport is not only the most crowded one in Ireland, but it is also among ten airports with the most traffic in Europe. In its neighbourhood there are two hotels, whereas in arrivals hall there are many cars rental, in the airport’s building there are many eateries, cafes, restaurants, various shops, among them those duty free. On the whole airport’s area there is operating free Wi-Fi Internet. You can also use various online kiosks.

Refreshments

During a flight with Ryanair you are not entitled to free refreshments. Passengers on all flights, in an onboard bar can buy snacks, cold and hot drinks, including beer, wine and strong alcohols. Details on snacks and drinks availability can be found in an onboard brochure.

Additional services

On boards of Ryanair planes there is operating a bar and an onboard shop, in which you can buy jewellery, perfumes and gadgets of airlines.