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Ryanair CEO to Boeing: “Get Your S— Together”

Ryanair CEO to Boeing: “Get Your S— Together”
Jeff Edwards

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary told investors this week that Boeing’s mishandling of its 737 MAX program is costing the budget carrier dearly. The airline executive warned that if Boeing’s 737 MAX woes are not resolved soon, then Ryanair would have to consider making major changes to its business plan and expansion goals.

It is abundantly clear that Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is fed up with Boeing. The frank-talking airline executive used his presentation during the budget carrier’s earnings call this week to rail against the aviation giant’s handling of its beleaguered 737 MAX Program, shortly after Boeing officials admitted the grounded aircraft could see the new year before being cleared to return to the skies.

The grounding of nearly all 737 MAX planes has forced airlines around the globe to scramble to make alternate arrangements. Ryanair has been hit especially hard by the regulatory and production problems related to the once-popular aircraft. The Dublin Airport (DUB)-based airline had previously expected to take delivery of 58 planes by the end of next year. O’Leary says those plans, unlike the 737 MAX, are now up in the air.

“It may well move to 20, it could move to 10, and it could well move to zero if Boeing don’t get their s— together pretty quickly with the regulators,” O’Leary told investors in comments first reported by CNBC. “We would not rule out redundancies and job losses, which will be inevitable if these MAX delays are as presently envisaged or get worse.”

Unfortunately for O’Leary and his company, while Boeing raced to find fixes for safety issues with the troubled passenger plane, regulators and the aircraft manufacturer are now faced with the time-consuming task of convincing the public that the fixes themselves were not rushed. Just this week, Boeing indicated that the plane might not be re-certified in most jurisdictions until next year.

“We remain focused on safely returning the 737 MAX to service,” said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg in his most recent statement about the progress of the 737 MAX program. “This is a defining moment for Boeing. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the flight crews and passengers who fly on our airplanes. The MAX grounding presents significant headwinds and the financial impact recognized this quarter reflects the current challenges and helps to address future financial risks.”


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  1. edgewood49

    August 5, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I dare say many executives out there are fed up with Boeing and why shouldn’t they be. They’re becoming a disgrace to American Aviation manufacturing. Frankly I have no sympathy for Boeing as a company and it’s shareholders who still stand firmly behind the entire management team. I do feel for the factory floor workers as well as all the support workers around the world that are or soon to be laid off.

  2. kc1174

    August 7, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

  3. not2017

    August 7, 2019 at 4:55 am

    So the stockholders are to be blamed? I am a stockholder! Many of us have called for the CEO and BoD to be replaced! Obviously we have no say in the matter…..

  4. paj9zo

    August 7, 2019 at 5:29 am

    I will NEVER fly on a 737 MAX. Never! And why is it that planes built in Seattle are coming out of the manufacturing process properly built, while those built in South Carolina have garbage left in them or have defects? Defects should never be something to be worried about in an airliner. Muilenburg should have been fired or have resigned in disgrace, which is exactly what the Boeing company has become. It’s all about the shareholders; passengers and flight crews be damned.

  5. Jackie_414

    August 7, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Apparently, paj9zo is bereft of any knowledge of airline history and the advances in safety over the past century. Guess what, if you fly frequently, odds are that you have already been on a MAX. How is it that literally thousands of MAX flights had occurred before the first crash, then thousands more between the crashes, without incident. While there are corrections to be made on the MAX for sure, look at pilot training. In spite of the Airbus joy sticks, pilots are not playing video games when in command of a commercial aircraft and a well-trained pilot knows how to handle many problems that occur. In the case of the Ethiopian pilots, they turned off the MCAS system and were correcting. Then, for some inexplicable reason, they turned the MCAS back on. Why? Poor training, that’s why. Many poorly trained pilots rely too heavily on systems and have no flying intuition as backup.

    With your perspective, you are making a bad wager every time you fly on any aircraft because you expect everything to go perfectly. No knowledge of variation, no systems thinking, no theory of knowledge, low psychology.

    PS: See other posting

  6. Jackie_414

    August 7, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Boeing must increase the size of the horizontal tale to counteract the increased lift from the nacelles of the new MAX engines. Please check the torque and bending stresses on the fuselage when you do this, Boeing. Boeing managers were and are reticent to make this costly retrofit, but that is the correction indicated, and perhaps recommended by Boeing engineers. Management, however, always wishes to rush an aircraft to market. Please, please, please, Boeing management, remember Challenger and Columbia. Engineers screaming about the problem and managers ignoring them.

  7. 737Av8tor

    August 21, 2019 at 6:10 am

    “In the case of the Ethiopian pilots, they turned off the MCAS system and were correcting. Then, for some inexplicable reason, they turned the MCAS back on.”

    Jackie_414, do you have evdence to support this?

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