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Ryanair passengers ‘will not know if 737 Max is due to operate flight’

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Ryanair’s aircraft allocation procedures mean passengers will not be told during the booking process whether or not their flights are due to be operated by Boeing 737 Max jets, according to group chief executive Michael O’Leary. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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raymondwatson
raymond watson 11
Disgraceful. Even more reason not to fly with them.
md69
Martin Dennett 8
“I think the best example of [a similar issue with an aircraft type] is the 787 – when it had the lithium-ion battery [issue] and was grounded while they replaced the batteries"

Maybe. But no 787 has yet crashed. Bit of a difference there, O'Leary.
Loddard
Bill Piper 4
I've boycotted mr o'Leary's circus since they made passports compulsory for domestic flights
Steveaustinwhite
Stephen White 7
I will avoid the 737max until it has accumulated some time in the air
ianmcdonell
ian mcdonell 2
I cannot understand why anyone would fly with Ryanair - ever
dufmor
D Moran 1
Air lingua so
patpylot
patrick baker 1
the complications o'leary puts his paying customers through would bankrupt him in nearly every other line of enterprise. Ryanair Restaurants?. bars? real estate companies? Hotels? Housing deveopments? Aviation seems to be the only circus this clown can get away with what he gets away with. Bargain-craving consumers are his lifeblood, especially those with short memories
stevebpowell
steve powell 1
In all the flights I've ever taken, the only time I was told what type of plane would be used was when booking with TUI, when it was stated the flight was on a Dreamliner.
Andrewharris40
Andrew Harris 1
That's surprising to me. So-called low cost carriers aside, almost every carrier I can think of provides equipment info e.g. BA, Cathay, JAL etc. In fact, I've frequently chosen a flight where there's a choice based on preferring, for example, an A380 to a B77W or a B744 to a B772 (these are BA examples). Anyway that's just my experience
tyketto
Brad Littlejohn 1
LCCs even offer this. For example, a JBU flight from the NYC area to the Washington, DC area gives me the options of either an A320 or E190, but like you stated, doesn't tell me if it is -ceo or -neo, nor if it is an E190, E195, or E195-E2 (I don't think JBU has any -E2s in their fleet, and probably won't as they opted for the A220)

But my point here is that it has nothing to do with whether the carrier is a LCC or not; it has to do with if the carrier has more than one type of aircraft in their fleet.
stevebpowell
steve powell 1
Maybe it's a US/UK thing, or maybe it's because I mostly use EJ, Jet2, Ryanair or charters, not legacy carriers. Anyway, apart from that the main thing is that whatever Boeing or the FAA or anyone else say in the future, it will be very difficult if not impossible to rebuild confidence in the MAX. Most people haven't heard of the E190/E195 B77W etc., but everyone's heard of the 737 MAX.
Andrewharris40
Andrew Harris 0
Carriers inform you when booking which aircraft type you'll fly on but usually not which precise one. E.g, on Easyjet you don't know if you're going on an A320 or A320neo or on a 787 whether it's yet had replacement engines fitted. I use Ryanair. I don't like their practices but often they're the best or only option for my needs. I don't yet know how I'll feel about the Max but I'll review the material when it re-enters service
stevebpowell
steve powell 1
I've just done a dummy booking with EasyJet, I couldn't see anything telling me what plane would be used. I thought it might be on the seat plan page, but apparently not.
Andrewharris40
Andrew Harris 3
Possibly with EZY it's bc they only use A319s and A320s so maybe not a good example but I think the point stands. E.g. BA tells you it's a B777 for example, not if it's a B772 or B77W which to my mind are significantly different. But re Ryanair I don't find the lack of variant info surprising altho I'd prefer to have it.
nasdisco
Chris B 1
IF you don't know the aircraft type from the airline website, www.seatguru.com does. But some airlines will change the scheduled plane due to demand, maintenance etc.

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