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Ryanair Drops Deal For 200 Boeing Jets

Budget carrier says it has broken off negotiations with Boeing to buy 200 more 737-800 short-haul aircraft after being unable to extract concessions from the manufacturer.

LONDON (AP) -- Budget carrier Ryanair Holdings PLC says it has broken off negotiations with Boeing Co. to buy 200 more 737-800 short-haul aircraft after being unable to extract concessions from the manufacturer.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said Ryanair had reached a pricing agreement for the aircraft -- to be delivered from 2013 to 2016 -- but Boeing was "unwilling to incorporate some other terms and conditions from our existing agreement into this new aircraft order."

O'Leary declined to specify what the points of disagreement were. He said Ryanair was willing to reopen negotiations next year, but stressed that Ryanair -- Europe's fastest-growing and most profitable airline -- would do a deal only if Boeing conceded to its demands.

The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer said it was disappointed that Ryanair decided not to expand its fleet. It also kept the door open for resumed negotiations in 2010.

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