Airlines Ryanair takes delivers of last B737-800

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Low-Cost carrier Ryanair has taken delivery of its very last Boeing 737-800. The next deliveries will be 737 MAX 200 aircraft in 2019.

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Between 1999 and 2018, Boeing has manufactured a total of 531 Boeing 737-800 for Ryanair. The delivery of the last -800 for the Irish low-cost carrier marks the end of an era.

Construction number 44856, EI-GXN, was assembled at Boeing´s factory in Renton and after several test flights was transferred non-stop from Boeing Field to Dublin. The aircraft is expected to enter regular commercial service soon. Currently, Boeing has over 440 of the aircraft in operation.

But this delivery also represents the start of a new era for both the carrier and Boeing. In 2019, Ryanair will receive its first Boeing 737 MAX 200, a version that was developed to seat as many passengers as possible in the aircraft.

The 200 is based on the MAX 8 and can seat up to 200 passengers in the high-density configuration. With the additional capacity, an extra exit door was required. Additionally, slim-line seats will help the aircraft to lose weight and therefore to improve the operational performance. According to Boeing, the MAX 200 will be 20% more cost efficient per seat than current 737 models.

As launch customer, Ryanair has ordered a total of 135 Boeing 737 MAX 200s. This order was announced back in December 2014. Deliveries are set to begin in the second quarter of 2019. The first of the 135 aircraft has already rolled out in mid-November 2018.

Ryanair will use the MAX 200 to grow its fleet and simultaneously to better operational performances. The carrier is known for its strict price policy and business-model. In addition, the MAX 200s could be a long-term replacement for older B737-800 aircraft.

As leading low-cost carrier in Europe, Ryanair has taken delivery of 50 Boeing 737-800s this year, bringing the total fleet to 440 aircraft. The airline operates scheduled flights to 37 countries and 223 destinations. Headquarters are located in Dublin, Ireland. Subsidiary airlines are Ryanair Sun and Laudamotion.

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