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Crash Landing - Published 14th September 2017

Book Summary
Prior to setting up Ryanair, Tony Ryan created Guinness Peat Aviation Ltd (GPA) in Shannon, Ireland. GPA became the largest aircraft leasing corporation in the world, with hundreds of airliners on lease to airlines all over the world. Its ordinary shares rose from $1 to $650 at the height. Then it collapsed, billions of dollars in debt, with hundreds of new aircraft on order. The book tells the inside story of the collapse over the period, before, during and after, written contemporaneously, as a private diary by a senior executive who foresaw potential calamity.

The author, Christopher Brown, a lawyer who learnt his aviation trade working for Sir Freddie Laker over a decade during the Laker Airways “Skytrain” years and who later became a Senior Vice President with GPA, today said:

“Tony Ryan and GPA were inseparable. Today, Tony’s own protégé Michael O’Leary and Ryanair are inseparable. The parallels are fascinating, as Ryanair, now the largest airline in Europe, is approaching a potential existential crisis, of its own and, again, of its own making. Is history starting to repeat itself?”

247 pages
2 x 8 page colour sections
Price: UK £7.56

The Authors

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown started with GPA in 1985 as VP Marketing, in London. In 1986 he became MD of a GPA joint venture with Fokker/Mitsubishi, relocating to Shannon with his family, later returning to London, to commute to Shannon as VP GPA Group. After GE capital arrived in 1993, he stayed with GECAS until 1996.
Thereafter he became an aviation consultant, working out of the UK and Guernsey. He now lives in the peak district with his wife Elaine.