Brussels - Ryanair is in talks with Airbus for the order of 100, Airbus A321neo aircraft for another budget carrier Laudamotion, which was recently acquired by the Irish airline.
According to Reuters news agency, Ryanair is also interested in the Boeing 737 MAX 10, the largest member of the MAX family jets, for its own fleet if the price is right for the company.
Ryanair boss O’Leary confirms that Any future A321neo order for Laudamotion wouldn't be less than100 aircraft. Such an order should be valued around $6.5 billion at current list prices.
With Airbus, we are talking about the possibility of A321s for Laudamotion but that is at the very initial stages, said O’Leary, on the sidelines of the A4E (Airlines for Europe) conference in Brussels.
With 438 Boeing 737-800 in its all Boeing fleet and 135 MAX-200 on order. Ryanair is one of the biggest customers of the American aircraft manufacturer. The company plans to keep all-Airbus operator Laudamotion as an alternative source of competition for new markets.
We are committed to being an Airbus customer through Laudamotion because in the future, as there are competition divestments or other M&A opportunities in Europe, some will be on the Airbus side and some will be on the Boeing side and we want to be able to do both, O’Leary said.
The CEO also confirmed that Ryanair will remain exclusively an all-Boeing operator and continue to grow with new generation MAX series jets of the manufacturer. The MAX 10 will potentially be the next model in the Irish airline's order book.