Ryanair Fail To Reach Agreement Over Boeing MAX10’s

Europe’s favourite cheapskates have failed to reach an agreement with Boeing over the MAX10 aircraft. Ryanair has been involved in some big business with Boeing recently, but an agreement over the cost of the MAX10 aircraft did not materialise.

Talks between Boeing and Ryanair over the MAX10 aircraft fall short at price arrangements
Talks between Boeing and Ryanair over the MAX10 aircraft fall short at price arrangements. © John Ballantyne/Jet Photos

MAX10 Too Costly For Ryanair

Despite intense, ongoing talks between Ryanair and Boeing for the last ten months, neither could reach an agreement over the cost of the MAX10 aircraft. According to Ryanair, in the last week of negotiations, it became clear neither party would bridge the price gap, and it became clear to both that it was time to move on.

However, Ryanair and Boeing’s relationship remains as strong as ever. The Irish budget airline will still take delivery of more than 200 B737-8200 “Gamechanger” aircraft spread out over the next five years. This will add to Ryanair’s strong short-haul fleet and take them past 600 total aircraft. With a projected total capacity of over 200 million passengers, the Irish airliner is clearly optimistic about the future of aviation in a post-pandemic world.

Ryanair still expectuing to take delivery of 210 B737-8200 "Gamechanger" aircraft before 2025
Ryanair is still expecting to take delivery of 210 B737-8200 “Gamechanger” aircraft before 2025. © Ed Turner/Independent

Are Boeing’s Prices Too Optimistic For Budget Airlines?

Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, expressed his disappointment in failing to obtain a deal with Boeing. He cites Boeing’s “optimistic pricing” as the downfall of the deal, given the budget airlines purchasing history.

We are disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement with Boeing for the MAX10 order. However, Boeing has a more optimistic view of aircraft prices than we do and we have a disciplined track record of not paying high prices for aircraft. – Michael O’Leary on failing to reach an agreement with Boeing.

O’Leary even goes on to make a jab at Boeing, suggesting that they are pricing themselves out of the market as other budget airlines are switching to rival aircraft manufacturer, Airbus.

We do not share Boeing’s optimistic pricing outlook, although this may explain why other large Boeing customers such as Delta and Jet2 have placed new orders with Airbus, rather than Boeing, in recent weeks. – O’Leary on Boeing aircraft pricing

The Ryanair boss is confident that growing the airline’s fleet now will help them capitalise on the increasing demand in European air travel as Europe recovers from the COVID19 pandemic.

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