Ryanair could offer discount transatlantic flights in the next five to ten years, boss Michael O’Leary has claimed.
The Chief Executive admitted the former budget airline had no chance of operating the flights before then, because of a current shortage of available long haul aircraft.
But he said he was confident that they would begin operating cheap flights to the US during his time in charge.
He said: “We’ve had a business plan ready to roll for a transatlantic, low-fares airline.
“The difficulty is, I keep cautioning, is that there’s no availability of long-haul aircraft for another four or five years.
“So unless we can secure a fleet of low-cost aircraft, frankly, the business doesn’t get off the ground.
“The future is very hard to foretell, it certainly is unlikely to happen within the next five years, but I’d be disappointed if it doesn’t happen within the period, maybe, five to 10 years.”
The comments follow claims made by O’Leary in February that the airline could offer passengers flights to the US for as little as €10.
He said that Ryanair would offer single route fares to and from Boston and New York for the knock down price.
However, passengers would have to pay extras for everything from meals to baggage.
The flights would not operate from Dublin, but from a number of other major European cities to routes across the US.
O’Leary claimed that if the route operated solely out of the Irish capital Aer Lingus would “dump on them” to protect their transatlantic route.
However, the outspoken Chief Executive’s claims have been rubbished by other airline bosses.
In March Dave Barger, head of US airline JetBlue, dismissed the plans as unfeasible.
He said: “There’s just no way. There’s such hype that comes out of certain airlines.”
The news comes less than a week after Ryanair unveiled a fleet of 180 new Boeing 737 Max airplanes purchased at a cost of around €20 billion.
The company expect the new aircraft to shave 20% of their operating costs and drive a new price war in Europe.
Ryanair predicted that the additional seats would be worth €75,000 per plane per year.