Wednesday, January 23 16:34:40
Ryanair has denied claims in the press today that the airline is poised to make a big aircraft purchase from Boeing.
"Don't believe all of what you read in the press. Michael O'Leary confirmed in Rome yesterday (22 Jan) that there is no aircraft order imminent and none that is expected until perhaps the end of calendar 2013 or early 2014, at the earliest," spokesman, Stephen McNamara said.
It had been reported that Ryanair is closing in on a deal to buy at least 150 Boeing 737 passenger jets and the contract could be signed within weeks.
But this was dismissed as speculation by the airline this afternoon.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary had told Reuters in an interview yesterday that talks with Boeing, which have been ongoing for several years, were unlikely to yield a deal until late this year or early 2014.