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Ryanair: «Delays in aircraft deliveries, ticket increases coming»

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Ryanair: «Delays in aircraft deliveries, ticket increases coming»

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Ryanair tickets this summer could cost between 5-10% more due to Boeing’s delay in deliveries of new planes. The warning comes from the group’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, according to whom the delay “will reduce Ryanair’s ability to offer seats on board”.

The number one of the Irish group explained that the delivery of 57 Boeing 737 Max 8200 was expected in March but there will instead be between 40-45 for the summer. Boeing has been having problems since an Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9 was involved in an accident in which a door came off shortly after takeoff. The subsequent increase in controls on the aircraft by the US authorities slowed down production and delivery times.

O’Leary added that problems with the Pratt & Whitney engines of the Airbus A320s will also play a role, as operators will see a number of planes grounded for inspections.

The delays mean Ryanair may be forced to remove some flights from its summer schedule, O’Leary said, reducing capacity for what is expected to be a record summer of travel.
This means Ryanair could carry just 200 million passengers for the financial year starting in April, versus 205 million previously forecast.
Further capacity restrictions could make the carrier less competitive against low-cost rivals such as easyJet.

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