The Boeing 737 Max aircraft has the potential to be a "player with a change" despite the delayed return to service after safety concerns, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said on Monday. The budget airline is not expecting its first delivery of the 737 Max by March or April 2020, adding that time is running out for the aircraft to be available for the summer.
The first of the orders for the Ryanair 737 Max was due in January, but on-board planes are facing multiple delays. Speaking in a video presentation Monday morning, O & # 39; Leary said the carrier has already lowered its expectation of 30,737 Max planes to be delivered for the summer of 2020 to 20, adding that there is "a real risk of no one", Reuters reported.
Boeing Executive Director Dennis Mullenburg told a congressional hearing last week that the manufacturer had set up an Aircraft Maneuverability (MCAS) system to allow pilots to overcome it. The original MCAS system was at the center of safety concerns arising from the crash of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines killing 346 passengers and flight crew.
"There were two tragic accidents with the 737 Max ̵
" MCAS is now well known by pilots, and we are the only airline with a Max simulator here in Europe. We put most of our pilots, the training pilots through it, they love the airplane, they love the MCAS system, after everyone understands what
Leary said he was confident the airplane was completely safe and attributed delayed returns its in operation process to ensure that pilots are familiar with the new software system. He claims that, despite the two tragedies involving the 737 Max, "it has never been safer to fly."
"Manufacturers have a duty, when producing new products, new software, to train airlines and pilots for existence. of this software and what it does, but it's still a great airplane, "he said.
" It's an airplane that has 4% more seats, 16% less fuel consumption, it will be a game changer for us for the next 10 years, so we can't wait to see him again in the air, flying safely and flying millions of people annually. "
Ryanair on Monday reported after-tax profits of 1.15 billion euros ($ 1.3 billion) in the six months from April to September, slightly better than expected. It also lowered its full-year profit forecast by 750 -950 million euros to 800-900 million euros.