Ryanair May Not Get The Boeing 737 MAX Until October

Ryanair may not receive Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft until October, CEO Michael O’Leary has told a German newspaper. The news means that the Irish low-cost carrier could be without its “game-changer” aircraft during the busy summer season.

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Ryanair may not receive its first 737 MAX until October. Photo: Getty Images

Ireland’s Ryanair is in the top ten of Boeing 737 MAX customers. The airline has 135 firm orders for the Boeing 737 MAX, an aircraft it’s calling the Boeing 737-8200. This is a modified version of the 737 MAX, able to carry up to 200 passengers. However, while the first deliveries of the aircraft were due in April last year, the 737 MAX grounding got in the way.

The Boeing 737-8200

The Boeing 737-8200, known by you and me as the 737 MAX, is essentially a Boeing 737 MAX 8 that has been converted to carry more passengers. Boeing has made the conversion just for Ryanair, and as a result, the Irish LCC is currently the only customer.

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So, what sets apart the “737-8200” from the regular Boeing 737 MAX? Ryanair’s Boeing 737 MAX has an additional emergency exit built into the fuselage behind the wing. This allows the aircraft to carry the increased passenger capacity.

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As a result, the aircraft needs to undergo separate certification to the base aircraft. This means that, despite being ready for delivery, Ryanair will likely experience a delay receiving the aircraft once the grounding is lifted.

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Ryanair expected to have MAX aircraft flying in its summer schedule. Photo: Ryanair

What has O’Leary said?

According to German-language newspaper “WirtschaftsWoche“, the Irish Airline’s CEO said:

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“We should have 58 machines by next summer. Then it went down to 30, then 20, then ten, and finally maybe only five. We may not get the first jets until October 2020.”

If Ryanair didn’t receive its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft until October, it would mean that it would miss the airline’s busy summer season completely. This will mean lost profits for the airline, as it will have to close bases and slow expansion.

However, while other airlines such as Norwegian and Turkish Airlines have been agreeing on compensation with Boeing, this is not the case for the Irish airline. O’Leary added that he won’t discuss compensation with Boeing until he has the keys to some of the aircraft.

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The LCC’s 737-8200 has an additional exit behind the wing. Photo: Ryanair

When exactly this will be is unknown, as no parties are able to put a firm timeline on the Boeing 737 MAX’s return to service. The manufacturer had previously targeted the new year. This is a deadline that was not met. Until the delivery of aircraft has resumed, it will be difficult to name an exact date, as things keep getting pushed back.

Simple Flying has contacted Ryanair for comment in relation to this story.

When do you think Ryanair will receive its first Boeing 737 MAX? Would you fly on the aircraft? Let us know your thoughts and reasoning in the comments!

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colm

One thing you can be sure of, Michael will screw Boeing to the wall over the compensation! It may not be cash but in the form of reduced pricing or even free planes. O’Leary is also looking to sort out Lauda’s fleet plan going forward but Airbus has no free delivery slots for years, so there may well be a chance for Boeing to get in there but it would be at pricing even below what Southwest pay.

TonytTDK

I agree.
At list price, Boeing has got over $5 BILLION OF MAX’s sat on the concrete at Boeing Field. But even when these aircraft are finally certified, reactivated & the special crews arranged to deliver them and taking into consideration the interest on Boeing’s debts & the cash values of the final compensation bill, Boeing is probably not going to see a single dollar in actual profit for a couple more years.! That comes at an inconvenient time for Boeing as they’re hugely in debt & neither the B787, nor the B777X is currently generating any profit either.!

H.S.

An airline that is still waiting for the MAX today and wants to have such planes for free must be punished. This Boeing company belongs closed …. forever !!!

ExPatBrit

There is no room to park $5B of 737 Max at King County Airport (Boeing Field). King County Airport is mostly Generaral Aviation.

The undelivered Max’s are mostly at Renton, Moses Lake and Everett.

High Mile Club

Did someone climb up a tree to take that first picture?

stogieguy7

That 737-8200 promises to be the most uncomfortable passenger jet ever made. And that’s in addition to being one of the ugliest. 200 seats on a 737MAX? Hard pass.

Gary

Yeah Ryanair has to do everything it can to try and get these Boeing planes.
As I was reading elsewhere that Airbus doesn’t want anything to do with Ryanair.
After some kind of dispute with Ryanair CEO.

WARREN HELLER

WHO WANTS A WORTHLESS NON FLYING PLANE, MAYBE TO HOLD DOWN LOOSE RUNWAYS.

THERE IS A CA CAR DEALER NEAR HOME TRYING TO SELL CARS WITH NO ENGINES, HE SAYS THEY MAKE GREAT FLOWER POTS AND TOYS FOR KIDS TO CLIMB ON. YOU CAN SINK THEM IN SWIMMING POOLS AS FISH HABITAT.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE PERSON BUYING A CRASH BAM A LA KAZAM PLANE THAT NO ONE WILL FLY ON.

Anonymous

Boeing is surely having a rough time and will loose a lot of money compensating its customers for their losses, but they will go over that bump. The 737 is a great plane and will still be around for a very long time.

Luis

Boeing is certainly having a rough time and will loose a lot of money compensating their customers, lost business, etc, but the 737 is a great plane and will still be around for a very long time seeing some coming and going…

Chris

The same plane with increased capacity ?
It already can’t fly well, who wants to get into such a plane.
Michael, stop going right into the wall, 737 Max time is over.
Switch to airbus family and get a mixed fleet to reduce the grounding risk !

Christian

They already are using Airbus, via their subsidiary Laudamotion (which operates an all-A320 family fleet). In the next 5-10 years, I would almost expect an A320 or A321 to show up in Ryanair colors

Gerry S

@WARREN HELLER: YOU ARE CERTAINLY SOMETHING. MOST PEOPLE WILL NEVER USE THEIR FULL NAME POSTING BULL-STUFF. COURAGE IS AS COURAGE DOES.