Posted on: 30 April 2014 by Mark Howells
Ryanair has agreed to buy five more 737-800s directly from Boeing, four of which will be delivered in early summer 2015, with the fifth in February 2016.
The deal increases Ryanair’s orderbook from 175 to 180 new Boeing aircraft. These five new aircraft brings the value of Ryanair’s orderbook to over $16 billion at current list prices. Ryanair will now take 21 aircraft deliveries (up from 17) between September 2014 and July 2015, which will enable the airline to open more routes and additional frequencies on existing routes for summer 2015.
Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary commented, “We are delighted that our partners Boeing have identified five new aircraft slots (four of them before the 2015 Summer peak). These new Boeing aircraft enable Ryanair to keep the fleet average age below 5 years, while providing our customers with unmatched punctuality, reliability and an improved customer experience. Now that we have four more aircraft (21 in total) for summer 2015, Ryanair will offer more new routes and increased frequencies to more customers than ever before.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ president and CEO, Ray Conner, added, “Ryanair and Boeing share a relationship that spans 20 years. We are honoured that in that time Ryanair has become the largest 737-800 customer in the world – and with today’s announcement have a backlog of 180 aeroplanes on order. The 737-800 is recognised for its reliable operating performance and will provide Ryanair passengers with the flexibility they need for their low-cost travel.”