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Irish low-cost airline Ryanair is now celebrating the arrival of their 400th Boeing 737-800. Ryanair is currently the worlds largest 737-800 operator, with over 1,800 daily flights. After receiving their first Boeing 737-200 in 1994, the airline slowly became an all-Boeing airline (with the exception of their 3 Learjet 45s used for engineering support).
“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 Ryanair’s Chief Operations Officer, Michael Hickey. “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’.”
“A key factor in Ryanair’s continued success is the outstanding economics of the Next-Generation 737-800,” said Monty Oliver, vice president, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “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 also saw a 28% increase of passengers in March. The airline carried 8.5 million passengers last month compared to 6.6 million in March 2015.
Ryanair will take delivery of 135 new 737s in the next two years and have orders for 100 Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft with options for an additional 100.