Tony Ryan, who helped to transform the way airlines acquire aircraft and founded Ryanair, died yesterday 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 ...

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