Ryanair May Have The Boeing 737 MAX This Summer After All

Ryanair may have the Boeing 737 MAX in time for summer after all. The airline’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs, said that the airline could start receiving the aircraft from April 2020 depending on certification requirements.

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We don’t know when Ryanair will receive its first Boeing 737 MAX. Photo: Getty Images

Ryanair is a major customer of the Boeing 737, not just the 737 MAX. In fact, over four percent of total Boeing 737 orders have been placed by the Irish low-cost giant. It was due to receive its first Boeing 737 MAX in April of last year, however, this date fell just one month after the grounding of the aircraft. As a result, the airline has not been able to expand as it had planned.

Earlier than expected?

The latest comments to Reuters from Jacobs could indicate that Ryanair could be getting the 737 MAX earlier than anticipated. Michael O’Leary, the airline’s CEO, had previously warned that the Irish airline may not receive its first 737 MAX until October. At the time he told a German newspaper:


“We should have 58 machines by next summer. Then it went down to 30, then 20, then ten, and finally maybe only five. We may not get the first jets until October 2020.”

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Michael O’Leary previously said it may not be until October. Photo: Getty Images

While one step below O’Leary, Jacobs will still be a huge part of the negotiations with Boeing regarding the aircraft’s delivery. Today he told reporters in Madrid:

“We now think we will get it in March or April this year, looks more like April than March, and we think we will get up to 10 MAX aircraft”


Pending certification

As many will know, the Boeing 737 MAX is still pending recertification following two fatal crashes of the aircraft earlier this year. However, the specific variant of the aircraft that Boeing is building for Ryanair is required to undergo further testing and certification.

The aircraft’s fuselage has an additional emergency exit behind the wing in order to accommodate the increased passenger numbers which Ryanair has planned to carry on the new aircraft.

The airline has labeled the 737 MAX as a gamechanger, which will further cut its CO2 emissions per passenger. The airline already achieves just 69 grams of CO2 per passenger per kilometer. This, Jacobs said, is the lowest in the industry, and half that of some other carriers.

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A huge number of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are waiting to be delivered.. Photo: Getty Images

However, despite being dropped from 82 to 66g, Ryanair wants more, the Irish LCC is aiming to cut CO2 per passenger per kilometer within the next ten years. This will be achieved in two ways with the Boeing 737 MAX. It will increase passenger numbers meaning the CO2 per flight is split between more people. However, the improved engine technology of the MAX will also mean that the aircraft is emitting less CO2 into the atmosphere per flight, and per kilometer flown.

However, with no firm date on when the Boeing 737 MAX will be recertified, we don’t know when Ryanair will start to see this drop in CO2 emissions.

Do you think that Ryanair will start to receive the Boeing 737 MAX in April? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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Gerry S

If Ryanair is as optimistic about receiving MAX as they appear to be, then I am optimistic about MAXs return as well. It has been a long cold summer for Boeing and I am optimistically hopeful that they can clear their inventory this year. It is about time. They have planes to develop and tech to master.


Catch phrase “ Pending certification”.


Even catchier phrase; “Pending Certification in Europe”


CO is pure lips service, they just want efficient aircraft and the CO drop goes with it.


I will never fly an airline that can’t even bother to tell me what type of aircraft I am booking.


I’m wondering what they’re smoking at Ryanair. No regulator has yet re-certified this aircraft. Next up will be simulator training for all pilots and first officers. Then an understaffed FAA will be certifying the Max’s on a one-at-a-time basis. Ryanair will be lucky to be flying any of their Max’s before the end of 2020.

James Farlow

That’ll be the end of my Ryanair patronage as they won’t be able to state what aircraft they will be using on each booking. Sorry Ryanair, you were good to help me explore new destinations at reasonable prices but I won’t be risking booking and being presented with the 737-8200 ‘flying coffin’ at the departure gate.

Harry Miller

I’ll be going nowhere near this junk. Bye Bye Ryanair…. keep your cheap and nasty 737-8200s for those who think cost is more important than safety.


Hope they never get them and all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are grounded indefinitely.

Gerry S

Are you peeved at Ryanair, or Boeing. Or both? Should have been clearer.

Tony Hartnett

I fly Ryanair regularly, but that’s coming to a halt if they insist on using these thoroughly discredited aircraft. And you don’t have to take my word for such a description. Internal emails at Boeing have shown that staff at the company itself have no faith in its either its design or production.

As for the FAA, their credibility is shot beyond repair. Their response to the two disasters involving the Max 8 saw to that.