Boeing and Ryanair have today announced that Ryanair is placing a firm order for 75 additional 737 MAX passenger jets, increasing its order book for the type to 210 jets. Ryanair again selected the 737 8-200, a higher-capacity version of the 737-8, citing the aircraft’s additional seats and improved fuel efficiency and environmental performance.
“Ryanair’s board and people are confident that our customers will love these new aircraft. Passengers will enjoy the new interiors, more generous leg room, lower fuel consumption and quieter noise performance. And, most of all, our customers will love the lower fares, which these aircraft will enable Ryanair to offer starting in 2021 and for the next decade, as Ryanair leads the recovery of Europe’s aviation and tourism industries.”said Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary.
Ryanair is the launch customer for the high-capacity 737-8 variant, having placed its first order for 100 aircraft and 100 options in late 2014, followed by firm orders of 10 aircraft in 2017 and a further 25 in 2018. The 737 8-200 will be configured with 197 seats and will increase revenue potential, and reduce fuel consumption by 16 percent compared to the airline’s previous aircraft.
“Ryanair will continue to play a leading role in our industry when Europe recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and air traffic returns to growth across the continent. We are gratified that Ryanair is once again placing its confidence in the Boeing 737 family and building their future fleet with this enlarged firm order,”
“Boeing remains focused on safely returning the full 737 fleet to service and on delivering the backlog of airplanes to Ryanair and our other customers. We firmly believe in this airplane, and we will continue the work to re-earn the trust of all of our customers,”said Dave Calhoun, president and CEO of The Boeing Company.
O’Leary and Ryanair leaders met with the Boeing team for a signing ceremony in Washington, D.C. Both companies acknowledged the impact on air traffic in the near-term of COVID-19, but expressed confidence in the resilience and strength of the passenger demand over the long term.