The worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX series has resulted in Ryanair delaying its delivery of its first five aircraft until late 2019 to early 2020.
At the same time this was announced the airline also stated that it had “every confidence” in the aircraft.
Ryanair has ordered up to 210 examples, which will be delivered in the 197 high-density configuration. The first five aircraft were due to be delivered this summer but will not arrive until late November. A further 42 examples will also be delayed until mid-2020.
Pre-delivery payments have been “frozen”, the airline has revealed, and it “expects” Boeing to cover lost profits. Ryanair is currently engaged in talks with the manufacturer.
The airline says that the revised delivery schedule also depends on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s approval.
The airline stated the delay in deliveries means that it will “not see any meaningful cost benefit” until its 2021 fiscal year.