03 October 2007

Tony Ryan 1936-2007

A canny Irishman who pioneered the core of Aircraft leasing with GPA in the 1970s and at the same time founded the airline that pioneered low cost - Ryanair has died aged 71.

He founded GPA - Guiness Peat Aviation in 1975 only to see it come crashing down in 1992.
Of course and perhaps in hindsight one his greatest achievements may end up being his choice of the man who he hired to run his airline. While not the man to fully benefit from his core ideas - he nevertheless was a true pioneer in Airline commerce. As Michael O'Leary described his mentor and family friend yesterdayas "one of the greatest Irishmen of the 20th century."

He should be remembered as such.

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