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    Ryanair warns of 10 percent fare increase amid boeing plane delivery delays

    Ryanair Issues Warning of 10% Summer Fare Hike Due to Boeing Delays

    Dublin, Ireland: Michael O’Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, issued a cautionary note predicting potential fare hikes of up to 10% for this summer, attributing the increase to delays in the delivery of new Boeing planes. O’Leary underscored that the tardiness in the arrival of the Boeing 737 Max 8200 series could significantly impact the airline’s passenger capacity, thereby necessitating higher ticket prices for holidaymakers.

    Initially slated for delivery by March, the anticipated arrival of 57 Boeing 737 Max 8200 planes has hit a snag, with Ryanair now expecting only 40-45 aircraft to be delivered in time for the upcoming summer season. While the airline pursues compensation for these delays, O’Leary emphasized that their primary focus remains on ensuring the timely delivery of the ordered planes.

    “Ryanair CEO warns of a potential 10% fare increase this summer due to delayed Boeing deliveries, impacting travel costs for holidaymakers.”

    The aviation industry, particularly Boeing, has faced intensified scrutiny following a January incident in which a section of one of its jets blew out during an Alaska Airlines flight, prompting an emergency landing. Though the incident did not result in severe injuries, it triggered heightened regulatory scrutiny from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). O’Leary stated that the FAA is currently thoroughly examining Boeing, expressing reservations about the manufacturer’s quality control processes.

    O’Leary acknowledged broader challenges facing Boeing, pointing to a slowdown in production due to concerns about quality control for new aircraft. Despite the impending fare increases, he highlighted that costs saved through fuel hedging would mitigate the impact, distinguishing it from the steeper 17% rise observed in 2023.

    It is noteworthy that other airlines are grappling with similar capacity constraints stemming from the unavailability of aircraft. Issues with Pratt & Whitney engines have grounded several Airbus planes used by carriers like Wizz Air, adding to the industry-wide challenges.

    Anticipating a “higher fare environment across Europe” this summer, O’Leary indicated that the impact would extend beyond Ryanair, potentially affecting other carriers as well. Ryanair’s initial forecast for the fiscal year ending March 2025 anticipated carrying 205 million passengers, reflecting an increase from the previous year. However, due to the delivery delays, O’Leary suggested a possible revision down to 200 million passengers.

    In discussing Boeing’s challenges, O’Leary conveyed a sense of “confusion” in the messages received from the company. While expressing continued support for Boeing’s top management, he criticized the aircraft manufacturer’s quality control standards. O’Leary questioned the removal of the head of the 737 Max program, Ed Clark, and advocated for a streamlined leadership structure with a single person overseeing the situation on a daily basis.

    Responding to Ryanair’s concerns, a spokesperson for Boeing expressed regret for the impact on their valued customer and affirmed their commitment to addressing the issues raised. They highlighted ongoing efforts to implement a comprehensive plan to enhance the quality and delivery performance of the 737 aircraft.

    Ryanair’s warning of potential fare increases sheds light on the challenges faced by the aviation industry, particularly with delayed aircraft deliveries and heightened scrutiny of manufacturers’ quality control processes.

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