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Ryanair in talks with United Aircraft and COMAC for new aircraft

9-Mar-2011 10:47 AM

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary confirmed the carrier has held talks with Russian and Chinese aircraft manufacturers about supplying the carrier with new aircraft (The Telegraph/AFP, 08-Mar-2011). "We have just started talks with the Russian and the Chinese. There is nothing to update on that at the moment," Mr O'Leary stated. Ryanair operates a B737-only fleet at present, but broke off negotiations with Boeing on a large new order in late 2009 as the two parties were unable to agree on terms and conditions. United Aircraft is developing the MS-21, a medium-range aircraft that can seat 150-212 passengers, while COMAC is developing the single-aisle C919 aircraft. Both are expected to be introduced after 2014.