Ryanair’s O’Leary prepared for more Boeing 737 Max delays

Group also reports passenger growth of 9% in December, carrying 11.2m people

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary speaks during an event in London. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary speaks during an event in London. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

 

Ryanair is prepared for further delays to the delivery of its Boeing 737 Max airliners, its chief executive Michael O’Leary told German magazine WirtschaftsWoche, adding that he would only discuss compensation after the aircraft had been delivered.

The 737 Max airliner has been grounded since March following two crashes which claimed 346 lives.

One of the world’s largest airlines, Ryanair has ordered 135 of the jets.

“We were meant to have 58 planes by the summer,” Mr O’Leary said in the interview, extracts from which were published on Friday.

“That went down to 30, then 20, then 10 and the latest is maybe only five. It’s possible we’ll only get the first jets in October 2020.”

In contrast to other airlines, including Turkish, Southwest Airlines and Germany’s TUI, which have already agreed compensation with Boeing.

Separately, the Ryanair Group reported passenger growth of 9 per cent in December, carrying 11.2 million people. Load factor – a measure of how full the aeroplanes are – was 95 per cent.

The main airline carried a total 10.7 million passengers last month, up from 10 million in 2018. Traffic at Ryanair’s subsidiary Lauda rose 67 per cent to 500,000. – Reuters