Ryanair Eyes Order Of 100 Airbus A321 Aircraft For Subsidiary Laudamotion

Ryanair has huge plans for its latest airline acquisition, Laudamotion, expecting to order at least 100 Airbus A321 aircraft for the company. Its initial plans for Laudamotion were to expand the fleet and grow its business. The potential airline order will benefit Laudamotion’s expansion efforts and position Ryanair competitively in the overall market.

Laudamotion Airbus A321 in flight
Laudamotion Airbus could be adding 100 new Airbus A321 to its fleet. Photo: Wikicommons

Growing Laudamotion’s Airbus Fleet

Ryanair CEO, Michael O’Leary, attended the A4E conference in Brussels where he spoke about the upcoming plans for Laudamotion. Ordering 100 Airbus A321 is on the horizon, but it’s still in the early stages of talks and negotiations for the aircraft.

Leary states, “I would not see any point in having an order if it is less than 100 aircraft – 50 firm and 50 options.” At the current market price, the order could be worth over $6.5 Billion. Details about the expected order may come as a surprise for most.

Ryanair is known for being an all-Boeing fleet. In fact, at the same conference, Ryanair showed interest in adding new Boeing 737 MAX 10 to its main fleet. So why consider the Airbus A321 for a Ryanair subsidiary?

Airbus A321 takeoff on runway
Ryanair will invest in an Airbus fleet for its Laudamotion subsidiary. Photo: Airbus.

Utilizing Airbus for the Laudamotion fleet is a move to diversify the overall fleet holdings of Ryanair. An airplane fleet mix will protect Ryanair in the future if any issues arise from either company. Leary mentions, “We are committed to being an Airbus customer through Laudamotion because in the future, as there are competition divestments or other M&A opportunities in Europe, some will be on the Airbus side, and some will be on the Boeing side, and we want to be able to do both.”

The forward-thinking of Ryanair will make them more competitive in the global market. Expanding their manufacturing relationships with Boeing and now Airbus will give them more options while operating.

About Laudamotion

Laudamotion is an Austrian airline based in Vienna and is one of the newest airlines to enter the market. The company completed its first fiscal year of operations in March 2018. At this time, Ryanair made its first investment into the young airline, acquiring 75%. In January 2019, Ryanair bought the remaining shares to become the sole owner of the airline.

Fleet of Ryanair aircraft at the airport
Ryanair became the owner of Laudamotion airline. Photo: Ryainair.

For their growth, Ryanair always considered Airbus for the Laudamotion fleet. It currently operates a fleet of 19 aircraft. It wants to increase the fleet to at least 25 by Summer 2019 with 20 new routes added by Winter 2019. Laudamotion is currently in planning and discussions with several airports around Europe to support the new fleet, potentially creating a new hub for the region.

In its first year of operation, Laudamotion carried four million passengers. Ryanair proposes that it plans to almost double the number of passengers in two years, by 2021. The order of at least 100 aircraft will surely sustain the growth plans for the airline.

Ryanair has been one of Boeing best customers, but the future billion-dollar investment in Airbus could soon shift their spending with the US competitor. Ryanair still plans to maintain an all-Boeing fleet, but it will trial Airbus for its subsidiary.

Do you think Ryanair will add Airbus to its main fleet or stick with Boeing?

3 comments
  1. Ryanair will do what is in their best interests. For an airline that a few years back talked about charging to use the washroom, it’s all about the money! They’ll go with whomever gives them the best deal! I know this from experience while working for a landing gear MRO.

    Both airframers will have to sharpen their proverbial pencils!

  2. “So why consider the Airbus A321 for a Ryanair subsidiary?”Smart strategy if European customers refuse to fly on a Boeing Max with RyanAir then they ll buy their tickets from Laudamotion.
    Ryan Air was known to ask Airbus a quote ,enter discussions and negociations and then go to Boeing with the documents asling for a better deal from Airbus.So yes,RyanAir has been very faithful to Boeing because their planes were cheaper,that’s all.EasyJet on the opposite has been faithful to Airbus.

  3. I would be very surprised if any Airline having an exclusive B737 Fleet today have become very suspicious of Boeing’s Illegal/Covert behavior in the manufacturing of their Aircrafts Delivered and In Parking lots awaiting delivery. Why did Boeing continue to Assemble these B737 Max’s(believe they reduced from 50 to 40 per month), when the REAL issue with these aircraft, besides the “PATCH/SOFTWARE” is the only known current solution being considered, according to BOEING.

    Going back to RyanAir, Leary must be getting very uncomfortable with his Airline Success, which now is being Threatened by Boeing’s mere Gross Negligence, and he may, if this chaotic situation is not resolved satisfactorily and Airbus gives Him a good deal, he may Dump Boeing on future fleet orders, or cancel Outstanding MAX orders.
    You never know how Leary will react to this Boeing Scenario Delays.

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