Ryanair is now anticipating the delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in October. This is behind schedule for the airline as it originally planned to have the MAX sometime in late summer. In fact, Ryanair was hoping to take delivery of some of the MAX planes to use during the busy summer travel season.
The airline was set to have 58 planes by the summer. That number then went down to 30, then 20 then 10. While there may be a chance that the airline will perhaps receive five before the end of summer, that remains to be seen. As it stands, probability remains low with the way things are playing out. Nobody knows when the MAX can return to the skies.
Earlier last month, as a result of the MAX delivery delays, Ryanair announced that it would close two bases, located in Nuremberg, Germany as well as Stockholm, Sweden.
Several carriers across the pond in the United States have also suffered due to the grounding of the MAX. American, Southwest and United have all been forced to delay the return of the grounded aircraft. United announced that it would be grounding its MAX flights all the way until early June.
Things may get worse before they get better. Boeing is facing an uphill battle in getting the planes re-certified to fly again. Just last month, Boeing announced that it would suspend production of the MAX, temporarily. Ryanair recently cut its annual passenger forecasts by one million flyers and has even warned of job losses related to the ongoing delay pertaining to the MAX.