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Thursday 17 August 2017

Ryanair revs up its new boardroom with a custom-made jet engine table

Michael O'Leary
Michael O'Leary
Ryanair boardroom table
Offices of the ryanair Dublin office campus which was opened today
The sports room in the ryanair Dublin office campus
A slide in Ryanair Dublin office campus which has opened today by An Taoiseach, Enda kenny, TD. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
One of the offices pictured this afternoon at the official opening of the new Ryanair Office Campus at Airside Park, Swords

Ryanair is using a jet engine as the centrepiece for an impressive meeting table in its new Dublin offices.

The budget carrier has been furbishing new offices in Swords, north Dublin, creating a working environment not dissimilar to the famous Google offices.

Among the fittings that have been included in the office is a large slide, complete with sign that warns against use by pregnant women, those with existing injuries or "gobsh***s".

As part of its new, friendlier image, the company also brought in a pool table, giant chessboard and computer games, while the walls are decorated with quirky art.

impressive

But the Herald has obtained the first picture of what will be an impressive conference table in the offices.

The table piece features a jet engine that will be covered in glass.

When it's finished, Ryanair staff will be able to take inspiration from the revolutionary piece of aeronautical engineering, should they be discussing matters such as baggage allowances or boarding card re-issue fees.

While the piece is likely to cost at least a five-figure sum, Ryanair refused to comment on it when contacted by the Herald.

"We don't comment upon or engage in rumour or speculation," a statement said.

A Californian company called MotoArt has made similar pieces at a cost of around €35,000.

Transformed

That design involves a Boeing 747 jet engine cowling transformed into a conference table with room for twelve people around it.

Measuring 12ft across, the General Electric engine nacelle houses internal LED lighting in different colours as well as six pop-up connection ports.

The engine table is then topped with a B-52 engine spinner.

Ryanair paid around €11m in 2013 for the Concourse office development at Airside in Swords, Co Dublin. It is understood it has spent more than €5m fitting it out and staff moved in early this year.

It features a games room with pool table and video games, as well as a giant chess set and bright artwork.

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