Who would have guessed that one of the thriftiest airlines in existence actually offers passengers the chance to taste the good life on a private jet? It turns out that the popular Irish airline that’s known for its budget fares actually offers service on a private jet. What’s more, Ryanair’s jet can be yours for £5,000 an hour.
What’s most surprising about Ryanair’s special private jet is that passengers who use it are actually boarding the same Boeing 737 that’s used across the airline’s fleet. However, the experience inside this aircraft is quite different from anything standard passengers will get. Ryanair’s private jet has been designed to offer just 60 seats instead of the 189 that are featured on its traditional flights. What’s more, these 60 seats are soft, luxurious and made of leather. The seats also deliver a pitch of 48 inches and the ability to recline. Passengers using Ryanair’s private jet can bring along two bags each.
Who is Ryanair attempting to target with its luxury jet product? The airline is trying to lure in businesses that are looking for comfortable and efficient transportation options for employees. Sports teams and corporate groups are clearly the targets of Ryanair’s jet product. However, any group can reserve the private jet for a price of £5,000 per hour.
In addition to luxury touches, Ryanair is also offering some interesting cuisine options. The price you’re willing to pay per person will determine just how much food you can enjoy during the flight. The airline is offering tiered meal packages that break down the price per traveler to between £15 and £45. The menus include a variety of hot dishes, cold dishes, snacks and beverages. Here’s a look at what’s available at every tier:
- The Gold Package offers hot dishes, a complimentary drink, fresh fruit and snacks.
- The Silver Package offers hot and cold dishes and one complimentary non-alcoholic drink.
- The Bronze Package offers hot beverages and some snacks.
Ryanair’s private flying experience is definitely a more upscale product than the airline’s customers are used to enjoying. However, even those who are lucky enough to board using this option will still have to pay for their meals in addition to the hourly rate. That’s pretty much on par with what typical Ryanair customers are used to when it comes to flying with the budget airline. You can chalk that up to the fact that Ryanair is a budget airline to the core even when it offers a dressed-up product.