Ryanair expects MAX-deliveries to slip until March/April
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November 4, 2019 - by RICHARD SCHUURMAN for airinsight.com
Ryanair is expecting delivery of its first Boeing MAX 200s to slip until March or April at the earliest, with more delays not ruled out. This means the Irish low-cost airline will reap the benefits from operating the more fuel-efficient type only during its FY21 instead of the current FY20, Ryanair said on November 4 during its HY1-20 results conference.
CEO Michael O'Leary is optimistic the MAX will return to service in North America before this Christmas but that regulatory approval in Europe will take a few more weeks or even months.
At its Q1 presentation, O'Leary hoped for delivery of the first MAX 200s by February/March, with 30 to be delivered this fiscal year. This has been revised to just 20 aircraft.
The original plan included 58 deliveries until the Summer of 2020.
As previously announced, the delay in MAX-deliveries forces Ryanair to cut back on staff and the number of bases for the Winter 2019/2020 schedule without disclosing the numbers.
The delays hurt Ryanair's expansion strategy, which...
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