It’s a Cruel Summer for Europe’s Discount Airlines—Not Just Because of Boeing

It could be a long, hot, expensive summer—at least if you’re a European airline. The grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max jet—whose fuel efficiency is especially popular with low-cost carriers in competitive markets—is the focus of this earnings season, as is the lingering financial pain the crisis is likely to cause. But look beyond the Boeing […]

Boeing MAX Problems Put European Vacations in Jeopardy

Ireland’s Ryanair has made a hugely successful business model out of jetting holidaymakers around Europe—to places as farflung as Aalborg and Zaragosa—by sticking to a ruthlessly efficient cost-cutting playbook. Key to keeping operating costs in check came down to a decision made long ago to fly only the Boeing 737 class of jets. That cozy […]