Published on : Saturday, June 19, 2021
Ryanair finally welcomed its first Boeing 737 Max after nearly two years of delays. The low-cost carrier took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8200 in Seattle, Washington. The aircraft flew overnight from Seattle and will land in Dublin Airport later in afternoon. This is the first delivery of an order of 210 planes, which is an investment in new technology, valued at over $22 billion.
The airline mentioned that the new aircraft will carry four per cent more passengers but reduce fuel consumption by 16 per cent per seat, lower noise emissions by 40 per cent and lower CO2 emissions by a similar amount. Ryanair expects to take delivery of an additional 50 of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft before next summer, which it hopes will enable the group to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Boeing 737 Max was grounded in 2019 following crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. It was recertified to fly following modifications late last year. Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive, Ryanair said in a statement that the company is delighted to take delivery of the first new technology Gamchanger aircraft.
He also mentioned that the new Boeing 737 aircraft will help Ryanair lower costs, cut fuel consumption and lower noise and CO2 emissions as it invests heavily in new technology to deepen our environmental commitment. He shared that due to regrettable delivery delays, the company expects to take delivery of just 12 of the aircraft during summer 2021, with six delivering in Ryanair colours and six in Malta Air colours.