monkeyboi
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Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:49 am

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."
 
smokeyrosco
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 6:01 am

Here is ryanairs spin on things

http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/news....r=05&month=dec&story=gen-en-201205

HAHA, i love the way at the bottem of that press release there is a "book now" link to book flights

[Edited 2005-12-20 22:05:32]
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Tbird
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 6:56 am

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?
 
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:07 am

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?

Yeah, there should be lot's of Charter A-320's and B-738's around during the winter season here in Europe.

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LeonB1985
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:12 am

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 3):

Yeah, there should be lot's of Charter A-320's and B-738's around during the winter season here in Europe.

They probably are worried that passengers will find them too comfortable and raise their expectations accordingly for future FR flights  Wink
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phxplanes
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:15 am

Quoting Tbird (Reply 2):
btw is it me or does Ryanair's website look like it was designed by and eight year old?

I agree, doesn't look to professional.
 
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:18 am

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 3):
Yeah, there should be lot's of Charter A-320's and B-738's around during the winter season here in Europe.

I know EZY has a bit of spare capacity at the moment, I wonder shall I suggest it to the boss.....

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LeonB1985
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:29 am



Wouldn't "Celebrating Europe's newest (missing) aircraft" be more apt?

And no, I don't have a problem with Ryanair  Smile
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ltbewr
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:46 am

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

[Edited 2005-12-20 23:47:29]
 
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:54 am

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.  bitelip 

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...)
 
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 8:16 am

this is actually part of their new cost saving measure...you buy the ticket, go to the terminal and join the conga line to your destination! (conga music not included)

so no need for the new aircraft!
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:47 am

Ryanair's contracts for the jets don't carry any financial penalties for strike actions.

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/stor...A6BE-19C036F66153%7D&siteid=google
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RE: Ryanair To Cancel 600 Flights This Winter.

Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:49 pm

I guess some people on here have a higher nose then the rest of us mortals.
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