Dublin (AP) - The flight ban for Boeing's medium-haul jet 737 Max makes Europe's largest budget airline Ryanair ever more pessimistic.
The delivery of the Ryanair ordered machines could be delayed for more months until 2020, said company boss Michael O'Leary at the general meeting of the airline in Dublin. Ryanair may get the first max jets in March or April. The usual down payments to Boeing have already stopped the airline and negotiate with the manufacturer on a financial compensation.
If delivery is delayed further, Ryanair may need to reduce the planned expansion of its range of flights even more than before, O'Leary said. The Irish low-cost airline has signed contracts for up to 210 aircraft of this type and expects to have 30 aircraft in the fleet over the next year.
However, the US aircraft manufacturer Boeing is in a deep crisis. After the crash of two machines of the type 737 Max with a total of 346 dead since March, a global launch ban for the jets of the series. Supervisors around the world - most notably the US FAA - want to make sure that Boeing has solved the jet problems.
At the center of criticism is the MCAS control system, which is said to be partly responsible for the crashes. When the jets are allowed to withdraw is still open. Although Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg hopes for a release later this year, but the authorities have not yet committed. Even after lifting the ban, it would take some time for the machines already built to be delivered and put into service. In addition, Boeing has cut production and, in the event of an even longer no-fly ban, has not ruled out a production stop.
Ryanair boss O'Leary has steamed up his company's growth plans because of the Max crisis and the upcoming Brexit and even announced a job cuts. The airline had more than 500 pilots and around 400 flight attendants too much, he said in late July. In addition, 600 actually provided jobs would not be needed. Now he expects the dismissal of 500 to 700 employees, said O'Leary at the Annual General Meeting.
In addition, Ryanair continues to negotiate with the pilots in the UK and Spain. The British pilots went on strike in early September. It's about pensions, pay and other issues.