Ryanair has announced the exercise of 25 Boeing 737 MAX 200 “Gamechanger” aircraft options, bringing its total firm orders for this aircraft to 135, the first of which will come on-stream in early 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 will allow Ryanair to grow its traffic to 200 milliom customers per annum by 2024.
Ryanair operates an all-Boeing fleet. These new MAX “Gamechanger” 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).
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Ryanair chief financial officer Neil Sorahan commented, “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.”
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