Michael O’Leary says that talks with Airbus about an order of 100 A321s failed. “We would not initiate talks with Airbus until such time as Airbus wants to initiate talks with us,” he told Reuters.
“Until they need an order from the Ryanair Group, frankly we are wasting our time talking to Airbus,” he added, without elaborating.
The Irish airline planned instead to “significantly reduce the scale of the Lauda fleet. We have aircraft that are due to be delivered over the next 12 months and we will cancel almost all of those deliveries,” he added.
The future of the Austrian Vienna-based airline Laudamotion has become uncertain for the last few weeks.
Since end April, Michael O’Leary threatened Laudamotion employees based in Vienna to close the base and transfer all slots to Ryanair, dismissing 580 employees, and use the base with Ryanair, Buzz and Malta Air aircraft.