15 SEPTEMBER 2014
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Boeing has launched the newest member of the 737 MAX family today with a commitment from Ryanair for 100 aircraft plus 100 options.
Based on the 737 MAX 8 airframe, the 737 MAX 200 can accommodate up to 200 seats by incorporating a mid-exit door increasing the exit limit. Ryanair’s current 737s offer 189 fixed seats (no recline). Details have not been published of just how the extra passengers will be accommodated but a further row will be required and another three seats introduced on the starboard side at the front. That still leaves two seats unaccounted for. The competing Airbus A320neo has 180 seats and is slightly wider.
Standard across the 737 MAX family, Ryanair's 737 MAX 200s will be configured with the passenger-inspired Boeing Sky Interior, featuring modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins. The latest seats are a big improvement on previous examples, much slimmer and offering more legroom.
As of this week 737 MAX orders stand at 2,239 from 46 customers worldwide. The Airbus A320neo series commitments come to 2,661 for the earlier announced aircraft. www.boeing.com/commercial www.ryanair.com
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