RyanAir’s Michael O’Leary reveals real state of MAX updates

RyanAir was in its quarterly earnings call when O’Leary, never afraid to say what’s on his mind, was asked how many 737 MAX the airline would have by summer 2020.

In brief his response was “should be 54, might be 38, might be 10, possibly zero”.

On top of that he let slip that he’d been told the FAA would receive the final MAX software update in late September. Over the weekend he said, he was told that would now be the end of October.

That schedule fits with Southwest’s decision to cancel flights out to January 2020, indicating that’s the earliest they could expect a return to service.