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  1. henry LAX
    henry LAX at |

    words coming out of his mouth are just as loud and useless as that of Qatar’s CEO. And I’m very proud of the fact I’ve never flown either.

  2. Everton Morris
    Everton Morris at |

    I generally agree with your analysis on this; that said, IF Ryanair is rethinking the virtues of having a longhaul network, scooping up Alitalia for a song would be a fairly smart way to go.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      I think the odds of MOL suddenly reversing course on this topic so quickly are INCREDIBLY low. Plus, the raw assets – the planes – come with major costs and headaches if they pick up the crew/engineers as well. Why would he base a new long-haul op (that isn’t actually going to happen) in Italy? He’s not that crazy.

  3. Brad Mixner
    Brad Mixner at |

    Ryanair is also, in many regions, the defacto national carrier since Alitalia pulled out of so many domestic routes.

  4. Alastair Jamieson
    Alastair Jamieson at |

    The only reason he’d buy it is to shut down its short haul operations altogether. I can’t see that happening, either.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Only shut down the short-haul? Okay, so that removes a little competition but still stuck with the long-haul fleet/network that doesn’t really make any money. What then??

  5. Everton Morris
    Everton Morris at |

    I’m guessing part of the thinking is the Italian longhaul market has been underserved due to AZ’s woes. This would potentially allow FR to launch/grow Italian longhaul ops more on its terms than merely inheriting the ways of legacy Alitalia.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Norwegian just set up shop at FCO. Service starts in November. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/norwegian-adds-rome-to-transatlantic-gateways-437727/

      That’s a long, expensive battle to get in to. Particularly with an older fleet that carriers a higher CASM pretty much across the board, even ignoring crew costs.

      Maybe operating ex-MXP, like everyone said they should back when they had to choose, would help. But I dunno.

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  7. Jim Dorschner
    Jim Dorschner at |

    He just wants the Pope to fly Ryanair….

  8. Rupert
    Rupert at |

    Agree with your analysis, doesn’t seem to be a good fit. Maybe it’s a knee-jerk reaction to the airberlin insolvency – consolidation might be accelerating in Europe and he doesn’t want to be left out? He could probably also use some more pilots…

  9. Glen Towler
    Glen Towler at |

    I think he is just talking rubbish as normal one thing in public something completely diffrent behind closed doors. Ryanair won’t do anything how can you buy a airline when so many of the aircraft where on lease?

  10. mspswede
    mspswede at |

    Italian Labor demands are the single reason the government bailed Alitalia out so many times, yet the single biggest drag on their bottom line. That aspect wouldn’t change simply with new owners, so I just can’t imagine the economics would work.