Boeing has launched the newest member of its 737 MAX family with a commitment from Ryanair for 100 aircraft. Low-cost carrier Ryanair will be the first airline to operate the 737 MAX 200, a variant based on the 737 MAX 8, that can accommodate up to 200 seats.
In addition to the commitment, valued at $11 billion at current list prices, Ryanair has options to purchase another 100 737 MAX 200s.
“Ryanair is proud and honoured to become the lead operator of Boeing’s “gamechanger” 737 MAX 200, which will expand our fleet to 520 aircraft by 2024 and create another 3,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineers in Europe, while allowing us to grow traffic from 82 million last year to over 150 million annually by 2024,” said Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary.
“These new “gamechanger” aircraft will allow Ryanair to lower our costs and airfares, while improving our customer experience with more leg room and the Boeing Sky Interior, as we roll out new offers, particularly for our Business Plus and Family Extra customers. As many of Europe’s flag carriers cut capacity on short haul routes, Ryanair looks forward to using these new Boeing 737 MAX 200s to grow at many more of Europe’s primary airports,” said Mr O’Leary.