16 DECEMBER 2019


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Article from BTNews 16 DECEMBER 2019

MAX saga rumbles on

Bases at Nuremberg and Stockholm Skavsta are being shut down by Ryanair for summer 2020 as a direct result of the Boeing B737 MAX crisis because of further delays in deliveries.

In an update for investors, the airline said it been forced to revise its summer 2020 schedule again based on receiving just 10 MAX aircraft rather than 20 as previously planned.

CEO Eddie Wilson said Ryanair also expected to cut summer capacity in some other existing bases, and was in discussions with staff, unions and affected airports to finalise these “minor reductions”.

American Airlines, a major customer for the MAX, has again adjusted the expected service return date for the aircraft to next April, said it remained in continuous contact with the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation and Boeing.

With American’s flight attendants said to be “begging” not to be rostered on to the MAX, IATA senior vice-president Gilberto López Meyer said last week public and employee confidence in the aircraft was “critical” to a successful return to service.

“Airline accidents are extremely rare and certainly two accidents involving the same aircraft type within a few months of each other are even more [of an] extraordinary outcome,” he added.




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