London - Ryanair is stationing its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 in London-Stansted on May 14 for routes to Tenerife, Spain, and Thessaloniki, Greece.
Over the past 20 years, the American manufacturer assembled 531 Boeing 737-800s for Ryanair. Last year alone, the low-cost carrier received 50 Boeing 737-800. The final copy, the EI-GNX was delivered to the airline in December.
As current flight schedule data reveal, Ryanair is preparing to deploy its very first MAX jet on routes to Tenerife and Thessaloniki from London-Stansted as of March 14.
Ryanair has ordered 135 737 MAX 8 with the purchase rights of 75 more. Ryanair's MAX jets are exclusive to the airline as it was first named 737 MAX-8-200 and then 737-8 HC (High Capacity) by the manufacturer.
The modification differs from the regular 737 MAX 8 in passenger capacity. The 737 MAX 200 or the -8 HC is designed to host 200 passenger seats instead of 189. The aircraft is the high-density version of the Boeing 737 MAX 8. In addition to its seating configuration, the exit doors are located in front and in the rear of the aircraft with a second one aside. No door in the middle.
The airline justified red numbers with Brexit worries and persistent low margins.
With extended capacity and CFM LEAP-1B engines, the 737 MAX 8 HC is designed to cut operating costs. Ryanair expects the first example (EI-HAT) in a few weeks and then more will follow. Boeing will deliver 50 units to the airline within twelve months. By the summer of 2020, the MAX jets will reach a fleet share of ten percent.