Published on April 25th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Ryanair Exercises 25 Boeing 737Max-200 Options

Ryanair have announced they will exercise 25 Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft options, bringing its total firm orders for this aircraft to 135, the first of which be delivered in the first half of 2019. These aircraft, which are valued at more than $3 billion at current list prices, increase Ryanair’s total orders to more than 650 Boeing 737’s since first partnering with Boeing in 1994, and allows Ryanair to grow its traffic to 200 million customers per year by 2024.

Ryanair’s Chief Financial Officer Neil Sorahan said “We are pleased to exercise 25 Boeing 737 “Gamechanger” options, bringing our firm orders to 135 737-MAX-200’s with a further 75 options remaining. The Gamechanger has 8 more seats than our current 189 seat Boeing 737-800NG and incorporates the latest technology engines and winglets which will reduce fuel consumption and noise emissions, ensuring we remain Europe’s greenest, cleanest airline, while allowing us to continue to lower fares as we grow to 200m annual customers by 2024.  We look forward to taking delivery of our first Gamechanger in Spring 2019.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Ihssane Mounir, said “We are delighted that Ryanair has decided to order an additional 25 higher capacity 737 MAX 8s as it continues to significantly grow its fleet and increase capacity across its network. The 737 MAX 8 with 197 seats is undoubtedly the best possible airplane for the low-cost market and today’s increased order with Europe’s leading low cost airline is testament to that.”

Ryanair operates an all-Boeing fleet, the youngest in Europe, with an average age of six and a half years. These new MAX aircraft will reduce fuel consumption by up to 16% and reduce noise emissions by 40%, while offering 4% more seats per flights (197 v 189).

Ryanair continue to receive aircraft from the last 737NG order with 24 new -800’s delivered so far in 2018. The fleet currently stands at 434 -800’s and one -700. EI-GJS/R/V are all due for delivery in the next 10 days.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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