This is most definitely an interesting takeover, as the business plans of the two companies seemed to both compliment and contradict each other. I think we'll see a few big changes:
1) STN-AMS will not be continued by Ryanair, they won't get sucked into high-cost airports. Instead, KLM UK will probably resume this route, without a doubt if the slot offer is for real.
2) STN-CDG/FRA will not continue, at least not by buzz/Ryanair. Ryanair may well seek alternative airports for other cities too, eg. Berlin
3) The buzz brand will be lost, without any doubt. As will the on-board service, so no more nice coffee and all that jazz
4) Although Ryanair has mentioned acquiring second-hand 737-300s in the past, those inherited from buzz are not likely to stay. They have enough new 737-800s on the way to both replace the -200s and sustain rapid growth.
5) KLM bosses will figure that, as the industry is looking up in Europe, they have done the right thing. They are wrong. In fact, they were wrong when they started buzz. It wasn't, and isn't, a low-cost airline. Just like bmibaby is, buzz was doomed for failure. Old-school airlines like KLM can't run low-cost ventures. People like Mr O'Leary tear up the rule book (or borrow one from Southwest) - KLM et al tear it up, but keep chapters 4, 6 and 7 (whatever they may be). You can't teach an old dog new tricks, as they say...
A few for discussion:
Will the Bournemouth base survive? I got the distinct impression that the smaller lo-cos were clutching at straws for new bases (Cardiff??), and thought that buzz launching there was a bit of a gamble.
Are easyJet really facing turmoil? I really don't think so, although they do need to watch everything around them very carefully. They mustn't forget that their mission should always be to lower fares, just as Ryanair does (very well).
Well, night all... I'm going to hit the sack after a terrible 9 hour (and £100!) train ordeal due to my EDI-STN flight being cancelled last night! Never mind, eh?!