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Tony Ryan.(EUROPE Report)(Obituary)(Brief article)

Tony Ryan, who helped to transform the way airlines acquire aircraft and founded Ryanair, died Oct. 3 at the age of 71 after a long illness. In a statement, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary called him "one of the greatest Irishmen of the 20th century" and said he transformed "the lives of millions" by "pioneering competition and low-fare air travel in Europe."

Although today he is best known for the namesake airline he launched in 1985, Ryan achieved airline industry renown long before then with the company he helped create following a 20-year career at Aer Lingus: Guinness Peat Aviation, later renamed GPA Group. …

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