|Quoting PM (Reply 1):|
In the far distant past I seem to remember that an earlier version of Ryanair was one of the early customers for the A320...
|Quoting FCKC (Thread starter):|
Probably to cover a plane shortage and the lease must be quite cheap.
|Quoting PM (Reply 5):|
Found it. They were going to lease two CFM-powered A320s from GPA (remember them?) for delivery in 1991 and 1992 to augment their 1-11s. It never happened, as far as I know, as Ryanair began gobbling up used 737-200s instead.
|Quoting BestWestern (Reply 10):|
This years leases are to cover for lack of pilots for the next six weeks.
|Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 12):|
Also because of some slippage caused by last year's Boeing strike. I think they may still be a couple of frames behind their delivery schedule.
If they just needed pilots they could have hauled them in via an agency. Leasing a full aircraft or two on ACMI is a bit drastic just to cover crew shortages.
|Quoting BestWestern (Reply 14):|
Hey Smokey - I passed through C at 19:00 this evening, and noticed the FR aircraft 1/4 of the way into their maintenance base. That hangar is history with the new terminal. No doubt if MOL had is way - it would be the new terminal....
The FR issue is pilot shortage, not aircraft shortage.
|Quoting Smokeyrosco (Reply 13):|
Well I can tell you for a fact that 5 seperate Ryanair aircraft where sitting on the ground from 1pm (if not before I started work at 12) till 4:30 in DUB today, after that i moved from A peir Ops to C peir ops plus i got a lunchbreak in between so they could have been there longer.
|Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 9):|
Are they being based @ DUB?
|Quoting Shamrocka330 (Reply 19):|
The same happened today, I'm just back from the airport. Three brand new Ryanair aircraft (with winglets) landed and parked at the usual Ryanair stands at Dublin. I was waiting for them to come back out so I could get a picture of them but the first one didn't depart for a full hour and a half. The other two followed after nearly 2 hours sitting on the ground. There were other Ryanair aircraft at the airport aswell but even they were on the ground for nearly 45 mins - 1 hour before they departed
|Quoting N754PR (Reply 18):|
How funny, that twit at Ryanair gave EI-DAC (738) the unofficial name of 'Driving Airbus Crazy' Now he will lease some!
|Quoting Steady Eddie (Reply 22):|
if someone ever found a picture it sure would be a rarity but I distinctly recall seeing the Airbus A320 demonstrator in LTN late eighties/early nineties with Ryanair titles.