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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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