May 18, 2024

Delayed Boeing delivery for Ryanair 

Ryanair has been forced to scale back its summer schedules due to the delayed delivery of its Boeing 737 aircraft. 

Boeing expects to deliver 40 out of 57 planned B737-Max8200 aircraft that were due to join the fleet before the end of June 2024.

Ryanair’s summer 2024 schedule, however, was based on receiving a minimum of 50 B737 aircraft. The airline will now have to reduce flying schedules for 10 aircraft for the peak summer months of July, August and September.

This will cause some minor schedule changes and reduce frequencies on existing routes.

Schedule cuts have also been implemented at some “higher cost” airports, most notably Dublin, Milan Malpensa, Warsaw Modlin and four Portuguese airports where costs are rising faster than inflation in 2024.

Michael O’ Leary, Group CEO of Ryanair, said: “We are very disappointed at these latest Boeing delivery delays, but we continue to work with Boeing to maximise the number of new B737 aircraft we receive by the end of June, which we can confidently release for sale to customers during the S24 peak. We will now work with Boeing to take delayed aircraft deliveries during August and September 2024 to help Boeing reduce their delivery backlog.

“We expect these latest Boeing delivery delays, which regrettably are beyond Ryanair’s control, combined with the grounding of up to 20% of our Airbus competitors’ A320 fleets in Europe, will lead to more constrained capacity and slightly higher air fares for consumers in Europe in Summer 2024. We therefore urge all Ryanair customers to book early in order to secure the lowest available air fares for summer 2024.”

Full year traffic for March 2025 is expected to be reduced to under 200 million passengers compared to the original target of 205 million.

Ryanair will work with Boeing to accept aircraft deliveries during the peak summer months, but given the delivery uncertainties, it will be unable to put these aircraft on sale.