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Published on September 9th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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Ryanair End Talks with Boeing on the MAX-10

Ryanair has ended negotiations with Boeing over a potential order for the new larger Boeing 737MAX-10 aircraft. The airline claimed an inability to reach an agreement on pricing for the variant. In recent weeks, Michael O’Leary has said that the two sides were not making much progress on closing the gap on price expectations. It is believed that Ryanair was in a position to make a substantial order to keep the orders flowing as Ryanair are in the process of receiving the current order of over 200 Boeing 737-8200 aircraft. The airline has said it would like to continue to add up to 50 aircraft a year over the coming years.

In a statement, Michael O’Leary said, “We are disappointed we couldn’t reach an agreement with Boeing on a Max 10 order. Boeing has a more optimistic outlook on aircraft pricing than we do, and we have a disciplined track record of not paying high prices for aircraft. We have a more-than-sufficient order pipeline to allow us to grow strongly over the next five years.”

The current Boeing 737-8200 deliveries will take the airline’s fleet to over 600 aircraft by mid-decade. Michael O’Leary has also recently talked about how successful and positive reaction the new -8200 has been received by the airline. The cabin crew and cockpit crews have all welcome the new aircraft and technology with high praise. And in the three months of operation, not one passenger has refused to fly on the -8200.

Boeing launched the MAX-10 in 2019 and the aircraft made its first flight in 2020. Boeing has received over 530 orders for the aircraft and this was boosted by an order for a further 150 by United Airlines in June 2021 to replace their ageing Boeing 757s. However, in recent weeks, Delta Airlines has placed a large order for the competing Airbus A321neo bringing their order to 155 and the current all Boeing airline Jet2 has placed an order for 36 Airbus A321neo’s with options for a further 24.

In recently released figures, Ryanair carried 11.1 million passengers during August with an 82% load factor on the 71,000 flights operated by the airline across its network. This is a substantial increase on the 7 million carried a year ago. In the past week, the Ryanair Group has received two more Boeing 737-8200 aircraft on delivery from Boeing. Both arrived directly from Boeing Field in Seattle to Dublin in the colours of the Polish subsidiary BUZZ. The first aircraft arrived on Friday evening and departed to its new base in Warsaw on Wednesday lunchtime. This was followed by the arrival on Wednesday evening of the second in BUZZ colours bringing to 14 delivered to the Ryanair Group to date.

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