Monkeyboi From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 457 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3714 times:
From the BA intranet:
Ryanair has cancelled 600 return flights this winter today due to late delivery of new planes.
The cancellations cover the months of January, February and March and are across the Irish carrier's entire network.
The axing of the flights will reduce the no-frills operator's passenger numbers by 100,000 a month in the first three months of next year.
Passengers affected would get their money back or be offered alternative flights, PA reported.
Ryanair said that as a result of the strike at US planemaker Boeing during September and October this year, all of Ryanair`s aircraft deliveries this winter would arrive approximately one month after their scheduled date.
The airline added that it had been able to meet this four-aircraft shortfall during October, November and December by extending the flying programme on a number of older Boeing 737-200 series aircraft due for retirement.
However, it had not been possible to extend the use of these aircraft beyond the end of December 2005, as the aircraft had been sold and the pilots had been retrained on Boeing 737-800s.
A decision to axe flights had therefore had to be taken, with services returning to normal in April 2006 following the arrival of the last four aircraft from Boeing.
Ryanair`s deputy chief executive Michael Cawley said: "We very much regret having to reduce our schedule to allow for the late delivery of new aircraft from Boeing and the planned retirement of our older 737-200s in December. These aircraft have already been sold.
"We apologise sincerely to all our passengers who may be inconvenienced by these schedule changes, and we look forward to welcoming them on board the new flights from East Midlands and Pisa when the new aircraft are delivered and based there during April 2006."
Tbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 20 Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3505 times:
And why can't they charter aircraft to fill the gap or delay the sale of the 200's and pay a short term lease to the new owners? Seems strange to me, and btw is it me or does Ryanair's website look like it was designed by and eight year old?
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12679 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3333 times:
At least they are saying something now rather than later about this. I doubt since January and February are probably rather slow months on some routes, that they will lose much. If they did a short term lease, that could be a considerable amount,and really unprofitable vs. cutting some flights due to a shortage of a/c. At least they are honoring their contracts to the sale of the 737-200's.
As to the appearance of Ryanair.com website homepage, kinda look like either 1) a small time pornsite or 2) used a cheap and kinda cheezy graphics program
Elagabal From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 197 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3309 times:
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 8): As to the appearance of Ryanair.com website homepage, kinda look like either 1) a small time pornsite or 2) used a cheap and kinda cheezy graphics program
Yes, that's the idea - it's cheap!
Barbara Cassani had it right. Ryanair have, perfectly logically, chosen to serve the lowest common denominator. Where there's muck there's brass... Hey, I fly them.
Quoting Tbird (Reply 2): And why can't they charter aircraft to fill the gap or delay the sale of the 200's and pay a short term lease to the new owners? Seems strange to me
See above: because that would cost even more. Arranging aircraft on super-short notice is VERY cash-intensive, and Ryanair are all about controlling cash. (Small bills please, in plain brown envelopes...)