A Look At Ryanair’s Crazy 200 Seat Boeing 737

We’ve seen some pretty interesting ideas here at Simple Flying. Some are pretty neat, others are pretty nice, but this one perhaps evokes a different emotion.

Ryanair is looking to outfit their Boeing 737-8 MAX with 200 seats. For comparison, Southwest’s 737 MAXs have 175 seats. Granted, Ryanair has ordered the 737-8-200, a specially designed high-capacity MAX aircraft for low-cost carriers.

In recent 737 MAX news, passengers and crew alike decried American’s intention to put 29 inches of pitch on their 737 MAXs. While American changed their mind, their 737 MAX is still not a well-liked plane.

American Airlines 737 MAX
American Airlines 737 MAX

Ryanair’s latest proposal, however, takes the cake for the smallest economy seats. To fit 200 seats on their 737 MAX, the seats will be arranged with 28 inches of pitch.

Ryanair 737MAX interior with 200 seats

Currently, Ryanair’s smallest pitch is 30 inches on their 737-800 aircraft. Those planes have a maximum capacity of 189 seats.

Given these parameters, Ryanair will most likely outfit these aircraft with 3 lavatories. That is almost 67 passengers per lavatory! Those lavatories will undoubtedly be small like American’s.


Ryanair mostly flies short hops across Europe. This makes 28 inches a bit more bearable if it is on a 1-hour flight versus a 6 or 7-hour flight. Ryanair is also known for their cheap fares. Given fares as low as Ryanair’s, this seating arrangement makes sense from an efficiency and financial standpoint.

Ultimately, the biggest concern is whether other airlines with follow suit. With British Airways acting more and more like a low-cost carrier, most people probably would not be happy with a 28-inch pitch for a transatlantic flight.

What are your thoughts on Ryanair’s new plane? Would you like to fly on it? Let us know in the comments below!


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Joseph Ramirez



An average seat pitch of over 30 inches, Boeing says.


Ryanair actually proposed that a few years ago. And removed bathrooms. Cut throat operators.

Dale Ronsin

(30-28)/30 = 6% more seats……for 6% more fare on a short inexpensive flight I would rather pay for the 30 inches. Might be $6, forgo the coffee. Duh

Alan Peery

It is well past time to require that all plane ticket prices also quote the minimum seat pitch for all seat of that class on that particular flight. A primary reason that seats are getting smaller is that people lack the information to choose at the time of purchase.



Patrick Proctor

If you lack that information it’s your own fault. Seatguru.com is maintained for free by travel enthusiasts who measure seat width and pitch both with 3D camera imaging and laser scans. You’ll know who they are because they choose priority boarding in all classes and are carrying ridiculous gear (by Joe Average’s standards). Any plane, any flight, anywhere in the world, they have the specs published for every class unless it’s one of the first few flights of a new config, and aviation geeks openly publish when those are coming because they know the maintenance and refurb cycles. There are… Read more »


I use SeatGuru often, however, why should a separate travel site have to operate vs let each carrier identify the product offering for the price they expect for it.

I agree the that this should be the responsibility of each air carrier not a third party.


I am 6ft 6 or 198 cm, would not fit, could not my legs in. Won’t be flying Ryan.

John Stubblefield

Smart move by people with a proven record of success. They know very well that most people will sacrifice comfort, service, reliability, and even safety if the price is right. They’re not interested in the small numbers of overly large or comfortably wealthy people. Their abysmal treatment of employees, however, could be their downfall.


I barely fit on Ryanair with the old seats. Can’t see flying them again with this change.
Hopefully Easyjet and other European LCCs won’t follow suit. If they do, guess I’ll be taking the train when I visit Europe.

World Lyt

When I shop for tickets I exclude Ryan air from my searches. I despise their irritating convoluted booking system designed to generate more fees for baggage and seat selection. Worse is the intentionally difficult boarding pass procedure.


Ryanair is only interested in profit, hence cram as many asossible into a small uncomfortable 737 cabin. Service is non existant. Compare to EasyJet with 30” amd comfortable seats, A320 aircraft (ie wider) and friendly staff. Worth paying the extra. My last trip to Crete was with EJ and the one before RA. Both suffered delays. EJ looked after the passengers and provided entertainment for the children, and the flight could not be continued that day, provided free hotel and meals for the passengers. RA did nothing. No decision for the future. EJ wins hands down.


Hate flying Ryanair. The most uncomfortable seats ever. Dreadful toilets. Unfortunately, with a poor selection of airlines to choose from my departure city, I am sometimes forced to use them. I wouldn’t use them for long haul if they paid me to do so

Jose Perez Liechti

As I grow older and chubbier and aircraft seat width and pitch get smaller I doubt I will ever fly on one of these crammed planes. Profit is now the main name of the flight game and it means being squeazed into ever shrinking seats. As long as all of this is OK to the younger and slimmer crowd we’ll probably end up with some standing options or double decker seats. Good luck with that !


Flying Ryanair is a nightmare already, and the seats are the least problem at the moment. Took an easyJet flight yesterday, looks like they are already one step ahead in this game. It was probably the most uncomfortable flight in my entire life. I will certainly take other carriers from now on, who value their customers and not milking them in such obvious ways.

Kenneth Riley

Seems ok if you are 5ft 8in or less (like me!) and only on board for an hour or two—–anything above those 2 stats, and life becomes a little less bearable! Still—-we all have a choice, and if out-and-out comfort is your desire, there’s always BA et al!


Two of these planes have crashed in less than 6 months. Very reassuring.

Dave Page

Your ‘moderation’ of my submitted comment concerning the safety of this aircraft noted, as is your site and url, All of which will be documented on a less-censorious site than yours.

Dave Page

For those who are concerned about safety, both this site and Ryanair declining to publish comment and respond to queries, this is a useful guide for those who wish to avoid travelling on this aircraft (from Stansted at least, do your own due-dligance) with Ryanair:


harry ogden

will be useing ryanscare in a few weeks,after previous experiance dreading it
they make you feel like a dairy cow ie you are being milked at every opertunity
pity a familey with children if they fail to get the boarding pass right a family of four
would have to cough up around £200 for the pricelidge of four a4 pages of printing
total robbery


I will not fly on this plane. I flew once on a 28-inch Iberia slight from London to Spain, never again. I saw tall people unable to place their legs appropriately, which became an issue for other passengers. It is becoming a safety issue. When you tighten a screw too much, it will become loose. If you want to keep your airline low cost, you have to come with new ideas. Going from 32 to 30 to 28 to 26 to 24 inch and to zero toilets is not going to be the way forward for a successful low cost… Read more »


Wow. It will be a shock for RyanAir passengers when they get to their seats if the 737 Max is ever authorized to fly again.
They ll be squizzed like sardines and better use the airport lavatories prior to embarking if they don’t want to stand in a line in front of the aircraft ‘s bathroom during the whole flight.
In Europe i do prefer to fly with Low Budget EasyJet Airbus aircrafts,no question about that.