Ryanair has finalized an order for 25 additional
high-capacity Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes. The order if valued at
approximately $3 billion at list prices.
"We are pleased to announce the exercise
of 25 Boeing 737 "Gamechanger" options, bringing our firm order to
135 737 MAX 8s," said Neil Sorahan, chief financial officer,
Ryanair. "The Gamechanger has eight more seats than our current
189-seat Boeing 737- 800NG and incorporates the latest technology
engines and winglets which reduce fuel consumption and noise
emissions, ensuring we remain Europe's greenest, cleanest airline
and lowest cost airline. We look forward to taking delivery of our
first Gamechanger in Spring 2019."
Ryanair launched the high-capacity 737 MAX 8 in
late 2014 with an order for 100 airplanes, followed by an
additional order for 10 airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The
airplane will provide Ryanair with 197 seats, increasing revenue
potential and delivering up to 14% lower fuel consumption
than today's Next-Generation 737s.
"We are delighted that Ryanair is deepening
their commitment to the 737 MAX as they continue to grow their
fleet and expand their network," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice
president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.
"Ryanair's follow-on order shows once again that the high capacity
737 MAX 8 is the perfect airplane for low cost carriers. The
airplane gives our airline customers more seats to serve their
core markets, maximizing revenue potential at the best cost per
seat in the industry."
The Dublin-based carrier is the largest 737-800
customer in the world and the largest Boeing operator in Europe.
Last month, Ryanair took delivery of its 500th Next-Generation
737-800 and has now ordered more than 650 Boeing airplanes.
The 737 MAX is powered by the latest CFM
International LEAP-1B engines.