Ryanair is currently in talks with landlords, and is holding on to Thomas Cook flights, to take several Airbus aircraft to be used by their Austrian subsidiary Lauda.
According to Flight Global, Ryanair plans to increase the size of Lauda's fleet to competitively handle the 2020 Summer Plan.
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Ryanair in calls for to acquire Thomas Cook Airbus A320s
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As airlines begin to receive larger volumes of Airbus A320neo aircraft, young A320s will join the classic engine variants widely available, with 8-10 year old examples at very competitive prices.
This has given the idea of adding used aircraft to Lauda's fleet to increase capacity and enhance operations.
Lauda already operates a fleet of 21 Airbus A320-200s powered by a mix of CFM International CFM56 engines and International Aero Engines V2500s, which means that aviation is not linked to engine availability.
In addition to the used airplanes, Ryanair also holds discussions with Airbus and Boeing on potential flight orders beyond 2024, this is when their existing order backlog is set to close.
However, because Boeing is focusing on bringing the 737 MAX back into service and Airbus is fighting against their production capacity, pricing is not great.
Instead, O & # 39; Leary says that he is waiting for the next price cycle to improve conversations with both manufacturers.
Citing Flight Global, Ryanair, UK Division, Polish subsidiary Buzz and Malta Air have a total of 456 Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft in operation.  Ryanair has orders for 135 Boeing 737 MAX 8s with purchase options for an additional 75 aircraft.