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By Ian Stewart   August 2005

We’re routing for you

Stefano Splodji-Ryannou had bought an airline. “I’m calling it Stefano Planes,” he announced to his staff.

“Sorry, can’t do,” said the advertising executive. “With the big bold letters we use, it’s too long to fit on the aircraft.”

“Well… my grandma called me Fano, for short. Use that instead. We’ll fly people from London to Lanzarote for £1.” He paused. “Plus taxes, food, and of course oxygen.”

“By ‘London’ you mean that little airport in the Orkneys?”

“Right. Plus local ground transport. And sea transport from Tierra del Fuego to Lanzarote.”

“We have landing rights…

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