Ryanair (Dublin), after nearly 10 years of statements and small talk, the board of Ryanair (Dublin) have finally approved the launch of trans-Atlantic flights, which it claims could have fares as low £10, as part of an ambitious five-year growth strategy.
The Irish low-cost airline’s board has approved the plans to fly between up to 14 European cities and the same number of US cities. Destinations will include New York, Boston, Chicago and Miami from London Stansted, Dublin and Berlin. The services could start in four or five years’ time if the company can secure a deal to buy long-haul aircraft.
Below: Ryanair. Bookings on the USA site are coming from these five states where Ryanair is likely to serve.
Ryanair said it was already in talks with manufacturers about purchasing long-haul aircraft but declined to provide further details.
It started in 2007, when Ryanair’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, stated in April of that year that Ryanair planned to launch a new long-haul airline around 2009. The new airline would be separate from Ryanair and operate under a different branding. It would offer both low cost with fares starting at €10 and a business class service which would be much more expensive, intended to rival airlines like Virgin Atlantic. The new airline would operate from Ryanair’s existing bases in Europe.
Since the Boeing 787 was sold out of production until at least 2012 at the time, and the Airbus A350 XWB would not enter service until 2014, this contributed to the delay of the airline’s launch. It was said that the name of the new airline would be RyanAtlantic and would sell tickets through the Ryanair website under an alliance agreement. In February 2010, O’Leary said the launch would be delayed until 2014, at the earliest, because of the shortage of suitable, cheap aircraft.
Well it’s finally happened now.
Ryanair said proposed trans-Atlantic fares would start from as little as £10 ($14, 13.2 euros) one-way, with regular prices close to 100 pounds per ticket.
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Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock reporting from Manchester.
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Photo Below: Ryanair. The Irish color green comes from mixing blue and yellow (Ryanair’s colors), the original colors of Ireland.