The very, vey latest word from Euro low cost giant and profitably loaded carrier Ryanair is that it just wants to pump jets into Italy at short notice if broken Alitalia goes to the wall, or fence, which is where unwanted capacity awaits the repo pilots to turn up and take them back to the leasing companies or financiers.
The progression of the reporting of Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary’s pronouncements is fascinating. At first they supported an intention to buy most of the carrier, even including its long haul mainly trans Atlantic wide body fleet of A330s.
Then it was more specifically the purchase of up to 90 of its jets, but not the airline, which as of the end of July totalled 76 Airbus A320s and A319s as well as the A330s and assorted executive jets for punting staff in particular engineers around its network.
Now it seems Ryanair wants to use 20 or 30 of its own 737-800s out of 403 in service this day, should everything go pear shaped, maybe including spare capacity generated by a general down turn in demand.
They are all authoritative stories from very careful and studious news organisations.
The breakfast coffee at Airbus might well have splashed all over the croissants at the thought of anti-Christ Michael O’Leary actually buying around 90 of their jets.
Ryanair is the launch customer for the 737 MAX 200, which seems to have two passenger toilets for the very small, and 198 seats as well as apparently reliable high tech CFMI Franco-American engines, which are currently the safe option given Pratt and Whitney’s huge problems with its GTF or geared turbo fan design.
Mr O’Leary knows how to keep us entertained. And his airline is very successful and probably much more comfortable to use these days than full service economy, even in some cases, business class, in the intra European market by British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France KLM with their confusing collection of sub brands tailored to millennials, baby boomers and veterans from the French revolution.