Ryanair Poised To Make Another Large Boeing 737 MAX Order

Ryanair is poised to make another big order for the Boeing 737 MAX. However, this time it would be for the larger -10 variant of the aircraft as opposed to the airline’s exclusive -200 variant.

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Ryanair placed its original 737 MAX order in 2014. Photo: Getty Images

Ryanair is one of Boeing’s larger customers, and it looks as though the Irish low-cost carrier wants to leverage this position for future aircraft orders. According to Reuters, the groups chief Michael O’Leary today revealed that the Ryanair Group is in discussions with Boeing over an undisclosed number of aircraft. The airline currently has 135 firm orders for the Boeing 737 MAX 200, of which it has so far received zero.

More Boeing 737s for Ryanair?

Ryanair is a large Boeing 737 customer, and it looks as though the Irish low-cost carrier intends to keep things this way. According to Reuters, Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary said: “We are already in discussions with Boeing. We have an offer on the table for an order for new MAX 10s, which is a 230-seat aircraft.”

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He went on to add: “To be fair to them [Boeing] I don’t think the new management team is in a position to be able to talk to us about a new order. We understand that, but we have an offer in and we expect to be at the head of the queue.”

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Ryanair, Boeing 737 MAX 10, New Order
The 737 MAX 10 is the largest variant offered by Boeing. Photo: Boeing

It seems as though Ryanair wishes to leverage its position in order to receive a favorable deal on any potential order for the Boeing 737 MAX 10. It is likely that Ryanair will seek a good deal on the price of aircraft while wanting them as soon as possible. However, no deal will be reached before the aircraft is back in the skies.

Michael O’Leary also added that he is hoping to reprice the current order which the carrier has for the Boeing 737 MAX 200. This aircraft was uniquely created by Boeing for Ryanair and has an increased capacity of 200. By contrast, the Boeing 737 MAX 10 seats 230 passengers. This larger aircraft would allow Ryanair to carry even more passengers on its most popular routes without adding additional flights.

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A major 737 customer

Ryanair currently operates a fleet of 446 Boeing 737 aircraft according to data from Planespotters.com. Historically, the airline has operated another 120 aircraft. As a result, Ryanair has operated over 5% of all Boeing 737s that have been delivered to date. This compares to Southwest Airlines, the largest 737 customer, which has operated just under 10% of all Boeing 737s ever produced.

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Ryanair had been expecting its first 737 MAX 200 in April last year. Photo: Getty Images

Ryanair had been expecting to receive 55 MAX aircraft in time for summer 2020. However, now it looks as though the first delivery won’t come until September or October according to the airline. This has already led to base closures as the airline has been unable to keep up with its planned expansion. When the MAX returns to service, O’Leary intends to take 50 of the aircraft per year.

Do you think the Boeing 737 MAX 10 would be a good fit for Ryanair? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Norm

Another Boeing Propaganda stunt, this time using O’Leary as the promoter. Nothing has been publicly defined yet by the FAA and similars, revisions/changes that the B737 MAX have to make before the aircraft is cleared to fly. At this stage O’Leary’s is negotiating the 737 MAX 10 which will also have to go through rigorous approval process by the Aviation authorities, following the MAX 8 multiple disastrous discoveries following the Lion Air/Ethiopian crashes. These Propaganda machines do more damage to Boeing, whose B737 Max’s are still grounded.

John

Ryanair and MoL are both part of the problem in creating the conditions that led to the 737 MAX being built versus a clean sheet design. I have no sympathy, and will avoid them along with the MAX’s biggest customers.

Ryanair’s holding company should be investing its money into sister airline Laudamotion which only operates Airbus aircraft, buying more. But FR has made its bed

Niklas Andersson

O’Leary = Farage/Johnson/Trump…. we are in trouble in Europe…

Gerry S

Hey guys! What do you think of the Airbus bribery settlement? Is that not worthy of comment? You has no comments on those articles whatsoever. What gives?

TonytTDK

Dumbassed, One-eyed Boeing-fanboy, idiot……..

I presume you’re SO one-eyed, that you completely failed to notice the Simple Flying ARTICLE on that very subject.?
(This one here; https://simpleflying.com/airbus-corruption-settlement/#comments)

Troll-off.!
…… there’s a good little lad.

stogieguy7

Makes good business sense I suppose; land a sweet deal with Boeing to buy a bunch of somewhat tarnished aircraft at a deeply discounted price. And, most people couldn’t care less with regard to what kind of aircraft they have – as long as it’s cheap. Which is why we are where we are now.

That said, personally I would do my very best to avoid flying Ryanair.

TonytTDK

That echoes very much my own opinion.

I’ve little doubt that Ryanair won’t get much of a cash-settlement from Boeing……..
they’ll take it all in nearly-free aircraft instead.!!!

KEITH HITCHMAN

Ryan Air are on course to lose millions of euros if they persist in praising the Max. Customers will not want to fly in these jinxed Aircraft. Still could not happen to a “Nicer Fellow”.

Michael Cooney

They will fly! If Ryan offers the lowest fare to match their lowest “service” They will fill em up!

john

I bet the price they are paying is much less than cost. Good luck with the PR around people getting on them though

STEVEN PAPPAS

The 737 frame is an excellent aircraft and with the improvements being made, it will go on as a large part of many airline fleets. I have no qualms about flying the MAX, with all the work being done this past year, it should be one of the safest planes in the air.

Gerry S

Get ready Steven Pappas. You said the wrong thing. Folks will pounce.

Gerry S

@TonytTDK:…………Such venom! I read the articles (all of them). My comment was directed at respondents. Not at the messengers…….What ARE your thoughts on the subject? About Airbus corruption, I mean.

clive green

Why Ryanair want to buy more 737 aircraft beggars belief as Airbus already has aircraft just as suitable,Why put money in American pockets when they can readily invest in UK, Europe etc

Junty

Type rating probably. It starts getting expensive if you operate different makes of aircraft that require different training.

Gerry S

Sigh!……….Sure will like to have an opinion of what the Airbus "fan boys" think about the Airbus corruption thing…..""

Gerry S

……… world knows how you feel about Boeing. Fire everyone and burn the company to the ground…. ….Should the Airbus CEO be fired? ….What about management? …Should there be a "clean sheet" design on how Airbus manages itself?………..Curious minds want to know!

Stuart Forbes

My wife flies with Ryanair every month or so If they start to use the Max she will not be flying with them anymore This is only one person but how many others feel the same

Vince U. Begon

Oh please. O’Leary swiped while the iron was hot and creamed Boeing for a deal on the 738, post 9/11. Ryanair will do exactly the same to Boeing over the Max.

They’ve been down this road before..

M Chakraborty

RyanAir means Cheap and 737Max series is made
of Cheap Aircrafts, so Made-for-Each-Other.

Public memory is indeed short and 737Max will fly again TILL another one takes a serious Nose Dive.

But WHY blame Boeing/737Max only? Look around you, particularly at the Political Leaders (Any Country) and the Industrial leaders like CEO,COO,CFOs. Do they really pass any Standards of Honesty/Quality? (Nissan Chief, Volkswagon scandal, …)

Enrico

Ryanair is likely feeling the pressure of competition from rival LCCs using A321ceo/neo aircraft (e.g. Wizz Air). Wizz Air’s A321ceo can carry 230 passengers, 41 more than Ryanair’s 737NG. Boeing created the 737 MAX200 specifically for Ryanair but it will not close the gap, since A321neo can carry 239 passengers. The 737 MAX10 can significantly reduce this disadvantage. On the other hand, the MAX10 has yet to be certified and the MAX200 is currently grounded. Until they can’t fly, they are just paper planes.

Enrico

Ryanair is likely feeling competition from LCCs using A321 aircraft (e.g. Wizz Air). Wizz Air’s A321ceo can carry 230 passengers, 41 more than Ryanair’s 737NG. Boeing created the 737 MAX200 specifically for Ryanair but it will not close the gap, since A321neo can carry 239 passengers. The 737 MAX10 could significantly reduce this disadvantage. On the other hand, MAX10 has yet to be certified and MAX200 is currently grounded. Until they can’t fly, they are just paper planes.

Enrico

Ryanair is likely feeling competition from LCCs using A321 aircraft (e.g. Wizz Air). Wizz Air’s A321ceo can carry 230 passengers, 41 more than Ryanair’s 737NG. The 737 MAX200 will not close the gap, since A321neo has 239 seats. The 737 MAX10 could significantly reduce this disadvantage. On the other hand, MAX10 has yet to be certified and MAX200 is currently grounded. Until they can’t fly, they are just paper planes.

Enrico

Ryanair is facing competition from LCCs using A321 aircraft (e.g. Wizz Air). Wizz Air’s A321ceo can carry 230 passengers, 41 more than Ryanair’s 737NG. Boeing created the 737 MAX200 specifically for Ryanair but it will not close the gap, since A321neo can carry 239 passengers. The 737 MAX10 could significantly reduce this disadvantage. On the other hand, MAX10 has yet to be certified and MAX200 is currently grounded. Until they can fly, they are just paper planes. 

Karl Mauk

I won’t set a foot into these flying coffins.

Puffin

Yet another reason to NOT fly Ryanair