It’s the news that many have hoped for (and probably equal numbers have feared): the Board of Ryanair has finally approved the establishment of a new transatlantic airline.
The British press have feverishly reported this as the beginning of the “£10 fare to the US”, and there is some truth in this. Ryanair officially confirmed that there will be promotional fares of £10 available, but standard fares are likely to start at £99.
Interestingly, they also stated that they’re likely to fill up to half of all these flights with premium seats. Business Class with Ryanair? It might just become reality.
What are the timescales?
The service is tentatively scheduled to start within the next five years, subject principally to the success of negotiations with Airbus or Boeing: Ryanair’s preferred aircraft is likely to be the Airbus A350 or the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and there are long orders for both.
Where will they fly from/to?
The Ryanair board formally approved plans to fly between up to 14 European cities and US cities, with destinations to include New York, Boston, Chicago and Miami from London Stansted, Dublin and Berlin.
One notable part of the Ryanair statement was that the transatlantic service will not be Ryanair branded. Perhaps a way back for those of you that have vowed never to fly Ryanair…
We will of course be following this one closely, and rest assured – when those £10 tickets become available, we’ll let you know.