Ryanair has over 200 Boeing 737-800′s, which allows them to save on maintenance, training, parts, etc. However, this also lessens their ability to negotiate effectively if Boeing knows Ryanair is not likely to buy other aircraft types.
The airline is one of Europe’s biggest and they feel they can easily keep growing. They are so confident about their ability to grow, they are looking to purchase another 200 airplanes, but they say Boeing is not working hard enough to make a deal.
“We see no point in continuing to grow rapidly in a declining yield environment, where our main aircraft partner is unwilling to play its part in our cost reduction programme,” Michael O’Leary, the famous CEO for Ryanair, said about the situation.
O’Leary says they have cash on hand and if Boeing doesn’t want it, they will just pay their stockholders in dividends instead (why not put the money to providing some actual customer service? Nah…).
This seems it might just be O’Leary doing what he does, trying to squeeze every last dime out of Boeing. I find it hard to believe that Ryanair would move to having two aircraft types or willing to shell out the money to convert their entire fleet into one. My bet is either they really don’t want to buy 200 planes or if they do, they will all be Boeing 737’s.Airwise Image: drewski2112