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Boeing has signed its first order for 737 MAX jets since the Federal Aviation Administration cleared the planes to fly again last month, the company announced Thursday.
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European budget airline Ryanair placed “a firm order” for 75 more of the jets, bringing its total order to 210 of them.
The Irish airline first ordered 100 of the aircraft with 100 options in 2014, adding firm orders for 10 more in 2017 and another 25 in 2018. The order is valued at more than $22 billion, according to Ryanair.
The companies have agreed to revised delivery dates as well as compensation for costs Ryanair incurred as a result of delivery delays as the jets were grounded for more than a year. Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary said Ryanair expects to receive the first 50 aircraft in 2021.
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European budget airline Ryanair placed “a firm order” for 75 more of the jets, bringing its total order to 210 of them. (Ryanair)
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Ryanair opted for the 737 8-200, a higher-capacity version of the 737-8 that Boeing said allows for more seats, improved fuel efficiency and better environmental performance. In a press release, Ryanair called the jet a “gamechanger.”
“The Boeing MAX is a fabulous aircraft with more seats, more leg room, lower fares, lower fuel consumption and it sets incredible environmental standards, including 40% less noise and lower CO2 emissions,” O’Leary said in a press release.
Ryanair will configure its 737 MAX jets with 197 seats. It plans to use the new jets to offer low-fare service into new European countries and markets as COVID-19 vaccines become available and it anticipates the travel industry returning “to normal.”