Seattle - The end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Boeing announces the delivery of the last 737-800 to Ryanair. From now on, the largest budget operator of Europe will only receive Boeing's revamped new generation single-aisles.
Founded in 1985, Ryanair received its first Boeing 737-800 in March 1999. At that time, the less-known Irish airline was flying with second-hand 737-200s.
After the delivery of the first 737NG, Ryanair has made a great progress over time by reaching more than 530 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The 737-800, with a capacity of 189 seats, turned out to be the ideal jetliner to put the company's low-cost revenue model into practice.
The 737-800 is still the only aircraft type in the Irish carrier's fleet to date apart from a Boeing 737-700 that is configured with a Business Class for special VIP flights. Some of the 530 737s that had been received, have already been sold or returned. The current fleet consists of 460 Boeing 737-800.
Ryanair placed the first order for the 737 MAX in 2014. In total, the company has 135 737 MAX on order, which are designed for Ryanair at the request of the airline. The 737 MAX 200 is a variant of the MAX 8 for 200 passengers instead of 189.