Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair marked a significant milestone in the airline’s history when it took delivery of its 400th Next-Generation 737-800. The aircraft, EI-FRC (c/n 62690), was handed over on March 31, and joins the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s operating in the world.
Ryanair’s COO Michael Hickey said: “The Boeing 737-800, 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. We are delighted to be now taking delivery of our 400th example, which includes the new Boeing Sky Interior and slimline seats, offering extra leg room and an enhanced customer experience.”
Ryanair has more than 130 unfilled orders for 737-800s and is also the launch customer for the 737 MAX 200, the latest member of the 737 MAX family. The Dublin-based carrier has 100 MAX 200s on order; featuring a configuration of up to 200 seats, increased revenue potential and 20% better fuel efficiency per seat, when compared to the current generation of single-aisle airliners.