Ryanair Monday declared a further two-month delay to the start of its Boeing MAX 737 deliveries and warned it might have none of the jets to fly next summer, which might freeze the growth of one of Europe’s fastest-rising airlines.
In July, the Irish budget carrier stated it anticipated to be flying 30 737 MAX next summer and its first delivery in January.
It’s one of Boeing’s greatest customers for the grounded aircraft with 210 on order.
CEO Michael O’Leary stated the corporate had lowered its estimate to 20 planes by the following summer and added “there’s an actual threat of none” in a video presentation following the airline’s mid-year outcomes.
U.S. carriers don’t anticipate to fly the MAX until next year, in accordance with their schedules, as they wait for governors to end a worldwide grounding followed by two lethal crashes.
Ryanair faces longer delays because it has to wait for permission by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and particular certification for Ryanair’s MAX200 model, each of that is likely to trigger several weeks of further delay.
Ryanair now estimates to fly 157 million passengers in the year to March 31, 2021, a development pace of merely 2.6% from its target of 153 million in its current financial year, its slowest development rate in seven years.
Further delays might reduce to zero growth at an airline that, on average, has seen yearly passenger numbers increase by 10% since 2014.
Still, Chief Financial Officer Neil Sorahan stated there was “no risk at all” that the airline would fail to fulfill its target of flying 200 million passengers per year by March 2024.