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Lauda Europe (Malta) launches operations

Lauda (Europe) (Malta) Airbus A320-232 9H-LMG (msn 4603) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951372.

Laudamotion (Vienna), as planned, has evolved into Lauda Europe based in Malta.

In July 2020, Ryanair announced Laudamotion GmbH would cease operations at the end of 2020, with the fleet being transferred to Lauda Europe. The new Malta-based Lauda Europe is the second Ryanair group airline based in Malta, alongside Malta Air.

Lauda Europe (LW) (Malta) launched operations on September 13, 2020 with flights from several Austrian and German airports to Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Ryanair Holdings’ new Maltese subsidiary replaces Lauda (Vienna), which is slated
for closure. Lauda Europe will take over the operation of Airbus A320-200s from Lauda and will exclusively operate the aircraft as a technical wet-lease operator under Ryanair’s “FR” code.
At least five Airbus A320s previously registered in Austria have been changed to Maltese registrations.
Javier Rodriguez reporting from Spain.
Top Copyright Photo: Lauda (Europe) (Malta) Airbus A320-232 9H-LMG (msn 4603) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951372.

Ryanair opens 64 routes from Vienna on July 1, 2020

Ryanair has announced it will open 67 routes to/from Austria commencing on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, as part of Ryanair’s post COVID-19 Summer 2020 schedule.

Its Vienna base will offer 64 routes, including summer services to Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Faro and Athens, and many more.

As Austrians taxes get wasted on illegal State Aid to German owned Austrian Airlines, Ryanair will guarantee low fares for Austrian customers/visitors at prices which start from €9.99 one way. Vienna holiday makers can now plan an exciting summer getaway with fares starting from just €9.99 for travel in July and August before some misguided Austrian Minister tries to ban them.

Following the reopening of Lauda’s Vienna A320 base on July 1, Ryanair will operate to/from Vienna with a mixture of Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Since Lauda will become a wet lease provider for the Ryanair Group, the famous red brand will continue to fly over the skies of Austria from July 1, 2020.

Ryanair’s Austria 2020 schedule will deliver:

64 Vienna routes including;

  • Over 25 summer destination including Faro, Malaga, Malta, Naples & Palma.
  • Over 20 city break destinations including Dublin, Milan, Madrid, Lisbon & Warsaw.
  • Ryanair will also operate 2 routes to/from Salzburg and 1 route to/from Klagenfurt.

Ryanair Group CEO, Michael O’Leary, said:

Ryanair is pleased to open 67 new routes to/from Austria starting from 1 July, as part of our Summer 2020 schedule. Our Vienna base will serve 64 routes, with air fares starting from just €9.99 one way before some crazy Austrian Minister tries to force Austrian consumers and visitors to pay higher €40 air fares!!! Ryanair will provide non-State Subsidised competition and choice to the high fare Austrian Airlines (which is a subsidiary of the German subsidy junkie Lufthansa Group). Ryanair will oppose any illegal effort by the Austrian Govt to force consumers to pay high fares. Austrian citizens are entitled to low fares and nobody provides lower fares than Ryanair.

To celebrate our Summer 2020 schedules we have launched a seat sale with fares from just €9.99 one way, for travel in July and August 2020, which must be booked by midnight Saturday (27th June). To avoid missing out on these amazing low prices, customers should log onto and book their flight with us today!”.

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Reuters: Ryanair plans to replace Lauda’s Airbus jets with Boeing

Lauda - Airbus A320-232 OE-IBJ (msn 3259) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946729.

From Reuters:

“Ryanair plans to cancel all Airbus deliveries of Airbus jets planned for its subsidiary Lauda, and expects to replace them with ones from Boeing, its chief executive Michael O’Leary said on Tuesday.

“We have aircraft that are due to be delivered over the next 12 months and we will cancel almost all of those deliveries,” which are from leasing companies, O’Leary told Reuters in an interview.

“I think Lauda will have a fleet of about 30 Airbus aircraft – we would probably replace those Airbus with Boeing over the next couple of years,” he said, on condition that Ryanair reach “an acceptable outcome” in talks with Boeing over compensation for delays to deliveries of the 737 MAX.”

Top Copyright Photo: Lauda – Airbus A320-232 OE-IBJ (msn 3259) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946729.

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Ryanair reports 3Q results, Lauda underperforms, Buzz to grow to 50 aircraft, Malta Air to grow to 120 aircraft

Ryanair issued this financial report:

Ryanair Holdings plc reported a fiscal third quarter profit of €88m, compared to a €66m loss in the same quarter last year. Highlights include:


  • Traffic grew 6% to 36m guests.
  • Revenue per guest rose 13% (9% higher fares; ancillary rev. up 21%).
  • Over 90% of flights arrived on-time (excl. ATC delays).
  • 111 new routes announced for S.20.
  • Director of Sustainability appointed to drive our Environmental Policy.
  • Over €440m returned to shareholders under €700m buyback programme.


Q3 (IFRS) – Group 31 Dec. 2018 31 Dec. 2019 Change
Guests 33.8m 35.9m +6%
Load Factor 95% 96% +1pt
Revenue €1.58bn €1.91bn +21%
(Net loss)/PAT (€66m) €88m
Basic EPS (€0.06) +€0.08



The future of our planet is of vital importance to our customers and all our people. Ryanair has the lowest carbon emissions of any major EU airline at just 66 grams of CO₂ per passenger km. Passengers switching to Ryanair can halve their CO₂ emissions compared to other major EU airlines. In Dec. 2019, Ryanair appointed a Director of Sustainability to deliver the Group’s ambitious sustainability targets.


Ryanair operates the youngest fleet, with the highest load factors, and newer more fuel-efficient engines. Our Environmental Policy commits us to:

  • Be plastic free in 5 years;
  • Cut noise emissions by up to 40% per seat;
  • Cut CO₂ emissions by 10% by 2030 (up to 50% lower than other major EU airlines);
  • Encourage guests to support our voluntary carbon offset programme;
  • Work with environmental partners to improve our environment in Europe.


While aviation generates  just 2% of Europe’s CO₂, our industry must work harder to further cut these low emissions. EU airlines already pay excessive environmental taxes – Ryanair will pay over €630m in such taxes this year.





Sales grew 21% to €1.91bn.  Better than expected Christmas and New Year bookings, at higher fares, led to a 16% increase in Scheduled Revenue to €1.19bn as we carried 36m guests at 9% higher fares. Ancillary Revenue increased by 28% to €0.72bn as more guests choose Priority Boarding and Preferred Seat services. In Oct., Ryanair Labs launched a new digital platform with improved, personalised, guest offers. Labs are now focused on improving penetration across key ancillary products over the coming quarters. became our new car hire partner in late 2019 and will help grow car hire penetration and revenue over the next 3 years.



Our fuel bill rose 14% (+€83m) to €0.7bn due to higher prices and 6% traffic growth. Ex-fuel unit costs rose by 1% due to higher staff (increased pilot pay, higher crew ratios as pilot resignations have slowed to almost zero) and maintenance costs (older aircraft longer in the fleet due to the Boeing MAX delivery delays), offset by falling EU261 costs due to improved punctuality. Our fuel is 90% hedged for FY20 at $71bbl and 90% of our FY21 fuel is now hedged at $61bbl, delivering over €100m fuel savings into FY21. We continue to negotiate attractive growth deals as airports compete to win Ryanair’s very limited traffic growth.

Group Airlines

The Group airlines continue to grow. In Q3 Buzz increased its fleet to 32 Boeing 737s and expanded outside Poland with new bases in Prague and Budapest. Buzz will grow its fleet to 50 Boeing 737s for summer 2020, with 7 aircraft in Polish charter operations and 43 operating scheduled flying for Ryanair.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Lauda continues to underperform with fares much lower than expected, despite strong traffic growth and high load factors. As announced on 10 Jan., this is a direct result of intense price competition with Lufthansa subsidiaries in both Germany and Austria. While Lauda will now carry 6.5m guests in FY20, average fares are well below those of other Group airlines. Lauda’s management is implementing a new cost cutting plan and is improving penetration on ancillary products. Lauda will grow its fleet from 23 to 38 A320s by S.20 with increased capacity in Vienna and a new base in Zadar.

Malta Air continues to grow strongly and has taken over the Group’s French, German, Italian and Maltese bases. Its fleet will grow to 120 aircraft by summer 2020.

Ryanair DAC saw its fleet reduced to 360 Boeing 737s in Q3 as both Buzz and Malta Air took over more flight operations for the Group. Armenia became the newest destination in Jan. Regrettably the Boeing MAX delivery delays mean that Ryanair DAC had to close a number of loss-making winter bases leading to some crew redundancies in Spain, Germany and Sweden. We have endeavoured to minimise job losses through base transfers & seasonal bases and continue to work with our people, their unions and our airports to finalize this process.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Boeing MAX update

Delivery of the Group’s first Boeing 737-MAX-200 aircraft has been repeatedly delayed from Q2 2019. It is now likely that our first MAX aircraft will not deliver until Sept. or Oct. 2020. The requirement for MAX simulator training will also slow down the delivery of backlogged aircraft and new deliveries. But we believe that these “gamechanger” aircraft (with 4% more seats, burn 16% less fuel), when delivered, will transform our cost base and our business for the next decade. Due to these delivery delays, we won’t see any of these cost savings until late FY21. As a direct result of these delivery delays, we plan to extend our 200m p.a. passenger target by at least one or two years to FY25 or FY26.


Balance Sheet & Shareholder Returns

Ryanair’s BBB+ rated balance sheet is one of the strongest in the industry. 70% of our aircraft are debt free. This allows us to grow while weaker airlines collapse, sell or retrench in the current challenging market. We have returned €440m to shareholders under our current €700m share buyback programme. Despite the share buyback and the impact of IFRS 16 (€230m), net debt was just over €700m at period end. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the Boeing MAX aircraft deliveries, peak Capex and maturing bonds in 2021, the Board has decided to extend the current €700m buyback programme until the end of July.


As announced on 10 Jan., Ryanair’s FY20 PAT guidance has risen to a range of €0.95bn to €1.05bn thanks to stronger Christmas and New Year travel bookings, at better than expected fares. Q4 forward bookings are 1% ahead of this time last year at slightly better than expected average fares and we now expect full year traffic to grow by 8% to 154m guests. Ancillary revenues continue to grow, but at a slower rate having annualised the cabin bag changes in Nov. This will support full-year revenue per guest growth of between +3% to +4%. The full year fuel bill will rise by €440m and ex-fuel unit costs will increase by approx. 2%. On the basis of current trading, Ryanair expects to finish close to the mid-point of the new PAT guidance range.  This guidance is heavily dependent on close-in Q4 fares and the absence of any security events.

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Airline founder and Formula One champion Niki Lauda, passes away at 70

Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda (February 22, 1949 – May 20, 2019) was an Austrian Formula One race car driver, a three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984, and an aviation entrepreneur. Niki Lauda passed away at age 70.

In the aviation part of his life, Niki was involved with the following airlines:

Lauda Air (1985 – 2013)

Niki (2003 – 2017)

Laudamotion (Lauda) (2018 – current)

Read more from the BBC: CLICK HERE

Ryanair issued this salute:

Niki Lauda will remain in our heart and our memory as a visionary leader, a legend of Formula 1 and an aviation pioneer. Niki was an exceptional entrepreneur whose courage and fighting spirit inspired millions. While we are devastated at his untimely passing, his spirit and vision will live on in Laudamotion, which proudly carries his name and his entrepreneurial spirit. It’s a sad day for Formula 1 and Laudamotion. Niki’s spirit and his legacy will live on forever. Niki and his family are all in our thoughts and prayers today. May he rest in peace.

Top Photo: Waerfelu.



Laudamotion introduces new crew uniforms, will go by Lauda

Delivered on February 8, 2019

Laudamotion has introduced new uniforms for its crew members. As its new livery reflects, the carrier will officially shorten its name to Lauda.

The carrier is also expanding, especially between Germany and Palma de Mallorca in coordination with Ryanair.

Top Copyright Photo: Lauda – Airbus A320-232 OE-IHL (msn 3105) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 945746.

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