Michael O’Leary was at Dublin Airport today to take delivery of Ryanair’s first new Boeing 737-800 NGs aircraft.
Their new order of 180 of the aircrafts is worth about 16 billion US dollars at current list prices and will allow the budget airline to open more routes and increase frequencies on existing routes next Summer.
They will take a further 20 deliveries between now and next July, and Ryanair report that the deal will be worth over 22 billion US dollars to them.
The new aircraft features 197 seats, which is eight more than on their existing 737-800s, and their CFM LEAP-1B engines are estimates to reduce fuel consumption by up to 18 per cent and reduce operational noise emissions by 40 per cent.
Michael O’Leary said: “We are delighted to take delivery of the first of our 180 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. These new Boeing aircraft enable Ryanair to keep the fleet average age below 5 years, while providing our customers with unmatched punctuality, reliability and an improved customer experience.
“Ryanair operates the largest fleet of Boeing airplanes in Europe and we are proud and honoured to become the lead operator of Boeing’s “gamechanger” 737 MAX 200 aircraft 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.”