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Tuesday, 12 June, 2001, 14:47 GMT 15:47 UK
Brian has friends in high places
Ryanair's message is
Ryanair's newly painted plane comes in to land
Brian Dowling, an air steward with Ryanair, received a massive vote of confidence from his employers today.

The budget airline Ryanair launched a freshly painted plane with the words "Good Luck Brian in Big Brother" written on the side.

The Boeing 737-800 was unveiled at Stansted Airport, complete with the show's emblem - an open eye - also painted on its side.

Brian, who is 23 on Wednesday, has worked for the airline for three years.

Support

Dave O'Brien, Director of Operations at Ryanair, said: "We are all behind Brian, he has been with us for a long time and is a valuable member of the operation."

"Everyone is rooting for Brian, not just us, but half the country it seems."

Ryanair has given 2,000 to the NSPCC and will continue to give 1,000 a week to the charity for every week Brian stays in the show.

Ryanair has pledged to match the 70,000 prize money if Brian is the winning contestant, and donate it to the NSPCC.

A Ryanair spokeswoman said: "Ryanair has decided to go all out to support Brian fully."

"It is to show our absolute support and to be able to have the opportunity to give money to charity."

Brian's colleague Christine Buchanan, 20, said she believed he stood a good chance of winning.

Personality

Big Brother contestant Brian Dowling
Brian Dowling: "The right personality"
She said of Brian: "He is the right personality for it. I hope he goes all the way."

"I don't think it will stop for him with Big Brother. I think he will go further with TV or as a game show host. Every day at work with Brian you get a bit of a drama."

The plane will fly from Stansted to European destinations, and will keep its new insignia for as long as Brian stays in the Big Brother house.

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