Ryanair order 200 Boeing 737 MAX 200 “gamechanger” aircraft to be delivered in 2019
Yesterday (08/09/2014) Ryanair signed an agreement with Boeing to purchase up to 200 new Boeing 737 MAX 200 “gamechanger” aircraft. When the deal is finalised, it will be worth over $22nbn at current list prices.
The aircraft features 197 seats and new CFM LEAP 1B enginers that reduce fuel consumption by up to 18% and reduce operational noise emissions by 40%.
Ryanair hopes the investment will allow them to pass on savings to customers and maintain low fares. O’Leary himself signed the contract alongside Boeing’s CEO, Ray Conner in New York. This will be Boeing’s largest ever aircraft order from a European airline.
Added features include the new Boeing Sky Interior which promises an enhanced onboard experience for customers and new slimline seats which will provide more leg room.
The agreement comes the day before Ryanair take their first delivery of the first of 180 Boeing 727-800 aircraft. Their fleet will now stand at 420 aircraft.
“As I travel to Seattle tomorrow (9th September) to take delivery of the first of our 180 new Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft, I’m proud that Ryanair operates the largest fleet of Boeing airplanes in Europe, that we will grow over the next decade to 150m customers annually, while at the same time cutting our fuel consumption by 18% and operational noise emissions by 40%. We will also create more than 3,000 new jobs and exciting promotion opportunities for Ryanair’s pilots, cabin crew and engineers. Ryanair is proud to be chosen by Boeing as the lead operator of Boeing’s new “gamechanger” 737 MAX 200 and we’re proud to be investing over $22bn in high quality US manufacturing and jobs.” – O’Leary said yesterday.
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