Ryanair, the biggest bully in the world, will wait until the end of November or very early in December to reach a deal with Boeing on a fresh batch of aircraft orders, Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary claimed today.
If no preliminary agreement is reached around the end of the month, allowing time to sign a formal deal by the end of 2009, Ryanair will end its long-running relationship with the aircraft maker, O’Leary said in the latest of his empty threats in the bargaining process with Boeing.
We find this really quite amusing. Mr O’Leary knows full well that he cannot end his relationship with Boeing unless he is prepared to sell his entire current fleet of Boeing 737-800s and replace the whole lot with Airbus type.
This is because the engineering and services costs involved with keeping a fleet the size of Ryanair’s would go through the roof. They would have both Boeing and Airbus parts, engineers, servicing, fit-outs and licensing requirements to deal with. Double trouble. This just does not work as part of a low cost operation.
Empty threats Mr O’Leary, empty threats.