By Isla Binnie
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It was earlier than indicated by Ryanair boss Michael O & # 39; Leary this month when he said the airline might not receive its first 737 MAX before October.
The 737 MAX, Boeing's best-selling aircraft, has not flown since March following two accidents that claimed the lives of 346 people. Ryanair has up to 210 aircraft on order, but none in service.
"We now think we will get it in March or April this year, it looks more like April than March, and we think we will have up to 10 MAX planes," said Jacobs at a press conference in Madrid.
"It could still mean less than ten and the date could change again … It was a moving party and the dates have slipped so far in the past few months," said Jacobs, adding that all orders for the European airlines were in the hands. regulators.
"We still think the MAX is a great device. Our goal, their goal (that of Boeing) is now just to make the MAX fly."
Last month, Ryanair reduced its passenger traffic forecast for the year to March 31, 2021, to 156 million, from 157 million after the cancellation of certain summer operations planned due to MAX delays.
This forecast was based on Ryanair receiving 10 MAX aircraft in time for the summer season. He had previously reduced expectations to 20 from 60 originally planned.
However, the airline has also raised its profit forecast for the year until the end of March 2020 after a better than expected performance at Christmas and New Years.
(Writing by Padraic Halpin in Dublin; Edition by Mark Potter)