Monday 14 October 2019

Ryanair confident 737 Max ban won't hit its summer schedule

Grounded: Donald Trump said the US had to take a “cautionary route” on the 737 Max
Grounded: Donald Trump said the US had to take a “cautionary route” on the 737 Max

Alicja Ptak, Conor Humphries, Shannon Pettypiece and Ryan Beene

Ryanair's flight schedules will not be affected by the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max jet, the airline's chief legal and regulatory officer said yesterday.

The US joined countries around the world in grounding the 737 Max on Wednesday, following a fatal crash in Ethiopia on Sunday.

Ryanair has ordered 135 737 Max 200s, a modified version of the Max 8, and has options on 75 more. It is due to take delivery of the first in April, two in May, two in June and then 50 more before the 2020 summer season.

"There is no risk for Ryanair's summer programme," Juliusz Komorek said in Warsaw. "Our fleet of 450 planes includes a lot of emergency planes, which are located strategically." He said it was too early to say if Ryanair would try to cancel its order.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump said the US had to take a "cautionary route" after the plane was involved in two fatal crashes. "I hope it is going to be for a short period. They have to find out what it is," said Mr Trump who called Boeing "a great company".

The Federal Aviation Administration grounded the jet on Wednesday, reversing course after standing nearly alone by allowing the planes to stay in the air while authorities and airlines across the globe halted flights.

FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell said the decision was based on new evidence that showed the 737 Max that crashed in Ethiopia closely tracked another 737 Max crash five months ago in Indonesia.

Reuters and Bloomberg

Irish Independent

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