22 JULY 2019


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Article from BTNews 22 JULY 2019

B737 Max delay hits Ryanair

Continuing delays in getting the Boeing B737 Max back into the air have forced Ryanair to cut its traffic forecasts for next year and move to short-term cuts or closures of under-performing or loss-making bases from November.

The airline said it now hoped to receive its first Max 200 aircraft between January and February 2020 but since it could take delivery of only 6-8 each month, it was having to revise its summer 2020 schedules.

These were now being based on taking 30 B737 Max aircraft deliveries up to the end of May 2020 instead of the 58 Boeing originally scheduled to deliver for the summer schedule.

CEO Michael O’Leary said this would cut Ryanair’s summer 2020 growth rate from 7% to 3%, and meant full-year traffic growth for the year to March 2021 would be cut from 162m passengers to about 157m.

O’Leary added the airline was starting discussions with airports to determine which of Ryanair’s underperforming or loss-making bases should suffer the short-term cuts and/or closures from November.

He added: “Ryanair will continue to work with Boeing and EASA [European Union Aviation Safety Agency] to recover these delivery delays during the winter of 2020, so that we can restore our growth to normal levels in summer 2021”.



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