The Boeing Company, the American multinational corporation that manufactures, designs, and sells satellites, rockets, rotorcrafts, and airplanes, has recently reached a milestone as they delivered their 400th Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft to Ryanair, the Irish low-cost airline headquartered in Swords, Dublin. Ryanair operates the biggest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the entire world.
"The Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with its industry leading technical reliability and seating capacity, has been the foundation upon which our successful and safe growth has been built upon, since we took our first delivery in March 1999," said Michael Hickey, the Chief Operations Officer at Ryanair. "We are delighted to be now taking delivery of our 400th 737-800, which includes the new Boeing Sky Interior and slimline seats, offering extra leg room and an enhanced customer experience, as part of our 'Always Getting Programme'."
The Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft offers the most ideal platform for Ryanair as they continue to pursue further growth. Over thirty years ago, Ryanair led the way for the low-cost model in Europe. Ryanair holds over 1,800 flights a day as they are the largest Boeing operator in Europe. The airline carries 106 million passengers a year to over 30 countries worldwide.
"A key factor in Ryanair's continued success is the outstanding economics of the Next-Generation 737-800," said the vice president of European Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Monty Oliver. "This 400th 737 delivery is a special milestone for both our companies and we are honored that Ryanair continues to be an all-Boeing operator."
Ryanair was also the launch customer for the newest member of the 737 MAX family, the 737 MAX 200. The Dublin-based airline has placed an order for 100 737 MAX 200s, which can fit up to 200 seats. The 737 MAX 200 is a variant based upon the very successful 737 MAX 8, and is designed to increase revenue potential by offering their operators with up to a 20 percent increase in fuel efficiency per seat in comparison to the most efficient single-aisle airplanes flying currently.