Ryanair announced that it will launch cheap flights across the Atlantic in the next 12 months if it can find the right aircraft cheap enough. CEO Michael O’Leary said that they would subsidize their $13 coach fares with $1,500 business class fares on flights from Dublin and Stansted to airports near New York, Denver and Los Angeles.
However, this would only be able to launch if they can get aircraft cheap enough, and O’Leary says they need about 50 or so to make the operation work. Ryanair’s 737s won’t make it across the Atlantic nonstop, so the 757 would make the most sense. But (as we learned at Eos) there aren’t 50 757s floating around. And the 757 can’t reach LA from Europe (or Denver for that matter). So then you’re looking at a 767 (or A330), and from what we saw, good luck making money using that plane over the Atlantic (there’s a reason why Continental primarily uses 757 on those trans-Atlantic routes). I’d say there’s a slim chance this ever gets off the ground, as the costs won’t make it possible.