Thursday 22 February 2018

Plane speaking at air show

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary was in full flight recently at the Paris airshow, an annual aerosexual love-in where big deals are done by global airlines and manufacturers.

Indeed, Ryanair and Boeing signed off on the airline's contract to buy 175 aircraft from the US plane maker at the event. But with the ink barely dry, O'Leary wasn't prepared to pull punches. Boeing head of commercial airplanes Ray Conner told the audience that its new MAX 737 variation will have 13pc better fuel efficiency that the Airbus neo, the new aircraft whose own fuel efficiency is touted as a major selling point by the French maker.

O'Leary jumped in to squash Conner. "I don't necessarily agree with that," he said of the Boeing executive's claim. "It's inevitable that each manufacturer says they'll do slightly better. I think where they'll finish up is that on fuel burn the MAX and the neo will be pretty similar."

But to save some blushes for Boeing, O'Leary confirmed that he could sign a further order with Boeing for as many as 200 additional aircraft by the end of the year.

"Pricing will determine how many I order," he said. "It depends on what Ray tries to stiff me for."

Irish Independent

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