Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, has taken delivery of its 300th Boeing 737-800.
The airline will take delivery of a total of 37 Boeing 737-800s during 2011 and is the world’s largest operator of the 737-800. Ryanair took delivery of its first Boeing 737-800, which seats 189 passengers, from Boeing in 1999.
“We are proud to take delivery of our 300th brand new Boeing 737 aircraft. The total value of the Ryanair fleet is now over $18 billion,” says Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive. “We are proud to operate the youngest, greenest and most fuel-efficient fleet of any major European airline. This aircraft will help us to grow to 78 million passengers this year as we continue to lower fares and guarantee no fuel surcharges.”
“The milestone delivery of this 737-800 to Ryanair is a tribute to the 737 and the strength and sustainability of Ryanair’s business model,” says Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales & marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 offers an unbeatable combination of economics that will continue to give Ryanair a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”
Today’s new 737s are 5 per cent more fuel-efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s delivered in 1998, and another 2 per cent improvement is on the way, according to Boeing.
The manufacturer says its performance improvement package, now being certified, will boost customers’ fuel efficiency a further2 percent through aerodynamic and engine changes.
Testing and certification will continue through April 2011. Boeing is phasing the performance improvement package into production, beginning in mid-2011 and continuing through early 2012.
Ryanair operates more than 1,400 flights per day from 44 bases and 1,100-plus routes across 27 countries, connecting 160 destinations.