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Ryanair is an Irish budget airline that was founded in 1984. It is known for offering low-cost flights throughout Europe and North Africa, often with no frills or extras included in the ticket price. Despite its controversial reputation for extra fees and strict policies, Ryanair has become one of the largest airlines in Europe and carries millions of passengers each year. It often connects routes that are not served by the major European airlines. I’ll be flying Ryanair between Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB) and Palermo Airport (PMO) later this summer.
Today, the airline announced a major investment. Ryanair placed an order for 150 737 MAX 10 planes with options to buy another 150. This represents the largest purchase agreement in the airline’s history. (Image credit: Boeing.)
Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s Group CEO, said:
Ryanair is pleased to sign this record aircraft order for up to 300 MAX 10s with our aircraft partner Boeing. These new, fuel efficient, greener technology aircraft offer 21% more seats, burn 20% less fuel and are 50% quieter than our B737-NGs. We expect half of this order will replace older NGs while the remaining 150 aircraft will facilitate controlled, sustainable growth to just over 300m guests per annum by 2034. This order, coupled with our remaining Gamechanger deliveries, will create 10,000 new jobs for highly paid aviation professionals over the next decade, and these jobs will be generated across all of Europe’s main economies where Ryanair is currently the No.1 or No.2 airline.”
The deliveries will not be accepted until 2027 at the earliest. Ryanair and Boeing have been negotiating since 2021 and finally reached a deal this week.
Anthony’s Take: Ryanair is not my first choice of carriers in Europe, but I found a flight that connected the two places I need to be and booked three seats in the bulkhead for my husband and I to have some space in flight. I’ll report back on the experience and look forward to seeing the new aircraft when they come into service in 2027.
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