30 APRIL 2018
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Options for 25 Boeing B737 MAX 200 aircraft, dubbed “the Gamechanger” and valued at more than US$3bn at current list prices, were exercised by Ryanair last week.
The order brings the all-Boeing airline’s total firm orders for the aircraft to 135, the first of which are scheduled to come onstream in the first half of next year. Ryanair still has 75 options left
The new batch increases Ryanair’s total orders to more than 650 B737s since the airline first partnered with the manufacturer in 1994. The carrier says the increase will allow it to grow its capacity to 200m customers a year by 2024.
Chief financial officer Neil Sorahan said: “The Gamechanger has eight more seats than our current 189-seat Boeing B737-800NG and incorporates the latest technology engines and winglets to reduce fuel consumption and noise emissions.
“This ensures 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 the first delivery next spring.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ senior vice-president, global sales and marketing Ihssane Mounir added: “The B737 MAX with 197 seats is undoubtedly the best possible airplane for the low-cost market and today’s increased order from Ryanair is testament to that.”
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