Michael O’Leary, who opposes any effort to crack down on so-called drip pricing, talks to Sky News about the work the low-key airline is doing with Boeing to raise standards.
Following the Alaska Airlines incident in which a fuselage panel of a 737 MAX 9 burst, Michael O’Leary assured Sky News that his customers should not worry as he was sending a team of engineers to supervise the production of the 57 aircraft he had ordered.
“Since we don’t operate the MAX 9, the problem is unrelated—none of those planes exist in Europe.
“Boeing produces excellent aircraft. The 737 is the oldest, safest, and most audited aircraft in history. We are extremely proud to operate them, and we’ve no pushback.
According to Mr. O’Leary, Ryanair will increase the number of engineers inspecting its own aircraft and will double the number of engineers on the ground at production facilities in Wichita, from four to eight, and Seattle, from six to twelve, in response to a request from Boeing.
A Ryanair team expressed their concerns about quality control to senior Boeing management, including CEO Dave Calhoun, who is under pressure, last week in Seattle.