Ryanair blames 737 Max delays for cutting flights and closing bases – Telegraph.co.uk

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Ryanair blamed the crisis engulfing the Boeing 737 Max as the airline slashed passenger forecasts for the second time in less than six months, forcing it to cut flights next year and close two bases.

The 737 Max was grounded in March after two crashes that claimed the lives of 346 people.

Ryanair has 135 Max planes on order and had been due to receive the first one in April.

However, deliveries have been suspended since the second crash as regulators investigate the causes and Boeing tries to develop a fix for the aircraft.

No date for a return to service for the 737 Max has been set, and some aerospace commentators think the plane – which was labelled a “flying coffin” by US senators – could…

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