Ryanair says Boeing MAX aircraft will not be delivered until October

Marco Green
February 4, 2020

Ryanair on Monday said talks with Boeing on compensation for the delayed delivery of the grounded 737 MAX jet were going well, but that they could not be finalised until the jet is flying again.

U.S. company Boeing is still waiting for the green light to fly the models, after they were grounded globally in March following two fatal crashes.

Transport Canada told AFP no passengers were onboard the flights, which were permitted only for maintenance, storage or pilot training under "very strict conditions".

Almost 350 people died in the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

"It feels like a slap in the face", Chris Moore, who lost his 24-year-old daughter in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, told CBC.

Passenger numbers grew six per cent to 36 million during the period, while revenues jumped 21 per cent to EUR1.91 billion, the airline added.

Costs, excluding fuel, rose by 1% due to higher staff and maintenance costs.

This included increased pilot pay and older aircraft being longer in the fleet due to the Boeing MAX delivery delays. Ryanair has ordered up to 135 737 Max planes with an option to buy another 75.

The airline doesn't expect to get the aircraft until September or October at the earliest, meaning it has had to push back its target of flying 200m passengers a year until 2025 or 2026. "We have an offer on the table for an order for new MAX 10s, which is a 230-seat aircraft".

Ryanair is to Europe what Southwest represents in the USA - the Irish low-priced carried more people on the continent in 2019 than the traditional Lufthansa, IAG group (British Airways, Iberia and others) and Air France-KLM. That means cost savings won't be realised until "late FY21", the company said.

The carrier is set to close two bases in March: Germany's Nuremberg and Sweden's Stockholm Skavsta.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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