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Have suppliers finally tired of Ryanair's negotiation tactics?There is another data point out today that Ryanair's ability to get suppliers do as it pleases may be weakening. The latest relationship to fray is that with in-flight telephony and internet provider OnAir.The relationship with Ryanair held lots of promise, but it is now over. The two agreed in 2006 to install the in-flight connectivity service across the Boeing 737 fleet operated by Ryanair. As a first step, 50 aircraft were fitted with the system.The service began in February 2009. However, OnAir now notes that the relationship is over. OnAir boss Benoit Debains says only that "it's disappointing that OnAir and Ryanair couldn't reach agreement on the detail of a roll-out to their entire fleet, but our experience was extremely positive and we wish Ryanair every success in the future." It is the second big supplier deal Ryanair is walking away from in recent months, having broken off talks with Boeing over an order for 200 more 737s because the aircraft maker wouldn't discount the narrowbodies to the extent Ryanair was hoping for.OnAir says the break up with Ryanair does not affect its larger business plans, and that it has six airlines in operations with six more to come this year, as well as several more agreements already inked.
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