Published on June 16th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


Ryanair’s first Boeing 737-8200 arrives in Dublin

Ryanair finally took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8200 aircraft today after many delays and the grounding of the MAX. This is the first of the 210 that the Ryanair Group have on order with Boeing. Ryanair has described this aircraft as a ‘Gamechanger’ as the new aircraft will carry 4% more passengers but reduce fuel consumption by 16% per seat, lower noise emissions by 40% and lower CO2 emissions by a similar amount. The aircraft departed from Boeing Field in Seattle at 01.15 local times and arrived in Dublin just over nine hours later at 18.21.

Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary

Commenting on the new delivery was Ryanair Group CEO, Michael O’Leary who said, “We are delighted to take delivery of our first new technology Gamchanger aircraft. These new Boeing 737 aircraft will help Ryanair lower costs, cut fuel consumption and lower noise and CO2 emissions as we invest heavily in new technology to deepen our environmental commitment as Europe’s greenest, cleanest major airline. Each B737 aircraft offers 197 seats (compared to our 189-seat current 737 fleet). However, our customers will enjoy more leg room, new Boeing “Sky Interiors” and lower fares, while reducing their environmental footprint by switching to these new aircraft. Due to regrettable delivery delays, we expect to take delivery of just 12 of these aircraft during Summer 2021, with 6 delivering in Ryanair colours and 6 in Malta Air colours. Ryanair expects to take delivery of an additional 50 of these B737 “Gamechanger” aircraft before Summer 2022, which will enable the Ryanair Group to rebound strongly, offering new routes, lower fares, and rapid traffic recovery to many partner airports across Europe as the tourism industry rebuilds from the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020/2021”.

EI-HEN arriving in Dublin from Seattle. Mel Byrne

Ryanair had initially expected to take the first Boeing 737-8200 delivery in April 2019 but the grounding of the MAX put that on hold and Boeing had expected to make deliveries in early April following the approval of this variant by EASA. Numerous aircraft have been rolled out of the factory in Seattle and have been painted in the colours of Ryanair, Buzz and Malta Air awaiting delivery.

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