Ryanair Latest Airline To Drop Boeing 737’s MAX Terminology

Ryanair is the latest airline to have appeared to tweak with the Boeing 737 MAX branding. Images from Seattle appear to show that they are rebranding their aircraft to the Boeing 737-8200.

Ryanair Boeing 737 MAX Rebrand
Ryanair is expecting 135 new Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft. Photo: Ryanair

The Boeing 737 MAX has now been grounded for around four months. While some airlines are continually pushing back the MAX’s re-entry to service, others are considering the public’s perception of the aircraft. Indeed, it seems as though carriers are slowly trying to drop the MAX terminology from the aircraft’s branding.

Why replace the MAX terminology?

Why are people trying to rebrand the Boeing 737 MAX? The Boeing 737 MAX has been involved in two fatal accidents. The first saw a Lion Air flight crashing leaving Jakarta which crashed into the sea, tragically, leaving no survivors. This was followed in March this year when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashed after taking off from Addis Ababa. Again, there were no survivors.


Given the prevalence of the internet and specifically social media, the news of the crashes didn’t go unnoticed. This saw many speculating on how a brand new aircraft could crash twice in similar circumstances. When the aircraft was eventually grounded, everybody from aviation experts to occasional travelers knew about it. The aircraft’s tragic accidents have tainted its reputation for many.


Boeing 737-8220

According to photos from the Twitter user @AeroimagesChris, Ryanair’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are being rebranded. It is customary for Boeing aircraft to include the aircraft type on the side. This previously saw “737 MAX” added to the side of the aircraft.

However, the airline’s fifth 737 MAX has something different written: “737-8200”. The 8 recognizes that the aircraft is based on the MAX 8. Additionally, the 200 represents the 200 passengers the aircraft will be able to carry. Personally, I think 8200 is a bit too long-winded.

However, it’s not a complete surprise that this has happened. Indeed, in press releases, the Irish low-cost airline has already gone from referring to the aircraft as “New Max Aircraft” to referring to the new Boeing 737 “gamechanger” aircraft”.

Ryanair’s Boeing Order

The 200 seater Boeing 737 MAX is a key part of Ryanair’s future strategy. The Ryanair Group currently has 456 Boeing 737 aircraft. These are all Boeing 737-800s with the exception of one 737-700.

Ryanair Boeing 737 MAX Rebrand
The airline was due to receive its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in April. Photo: Boeing

Ryanair has ordered 135 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing, however, they are reportedly interested in purchasing more of the aircraft. This brings the airline’s total 737 order book to 666 aircraft, according to the manufacturer’s data.

Ryanair was due to receive their first MAX 200 aircraft in April, however, due to the aircraft’s grounding, this was understandably pushed back. As a result, Boeing is having to use staff car parks to store the aircraft being produced.

Simple Flying contacted Ryanair regarding the rebrand, however, was yet to hear a response at the time of publishing.

What do you think of Ryanair’s 737 MAX rename? Let us know in the comments!


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Adrian Cook

Whatever the branding, I personally would stay well clear of flying this aircraft. It clearly was not fit for purpose from day one!

Michael Crofts

EasyJet need to order more Airbus as they are going to be busy




It will give everybody just a new name to avoid…
Ryanair will be in a really bad situation if everybody avoids them over the usage of the MAX/8200


Ryanair in a nut shell….

Niklas Andersson

Try to outsmart customers on Boeing behalf, by rebranding this aircraft this way… it’s a suicidal way to stay on business, and criminal.


No other aircraft has winglets like it, so nobody’s going to be fooled by a simple name change. They want to change the plane instead. I won’t be booking with Ryanair just in case I end up flying on one of these!


Even easier to identify it on the basis of its engines: the rear edge of the nacelles is serrated / toothed, just like on the 787 and 747-8.


It seems Michael O’Leary values money more than human lives.


Change the name make the airplane safe??? Ryanair and British airways buy that airplane because it’s a BARGAIN price. Boeing not built the airplane from scratch…just to save $$$$$…
BOYCOTT Boeing 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Mrs Brown

Due to fly on ryanair in two weeks time , nervous flyer . Now im even more petrified at this news. What happens if i refuse to get on this plane 😞😞


Savvy travelers, or anybody with any common sense, will just book with another low cost airline. Lets face it, there are plenty to choose from…….


They don’t all serve the same destinations…


Well, that fixes everything!



So Ryanair is saying to its customers. “You are dumb enough to buy a renaming as legit, therefore we have shown you what we think of you.”

Peter Toy

It won’t make a difference what they call it people will find out


Wow. We say we are aviation buffs so facts have no place here. That name was being used over 1 year before the crashed. I just love Airbus lackeys


Just because they’ve put a different label on it doesn’t mean it’s going to fly again.
There are now indications that it will remain grounded into 2020… the third longest grounding of any western commercial aircraft, after the Comet and the Concorde.
It may only be a matter of time before airlines see the writing on the wall and start to jump ship….Ryanair included.
You can flog a dead horse as much as you want, but it won’t stand up again…sooner or later, you’ll just have to order a new horse.


I wonder how long Airbus lackeys in Europe can keep it on the ground. Its more politics than safety. I remember AF447 crashed and the A330 didn’t park till they found out why. I hope the FAA remembers this for the next time

Nate Dogg

It’s not “Airbus lackeys” that are keeping the MAX on the ground. It’s the Aviation regulators the WORLD OVER. The MAX will return to the sky and be as safe as the previous generation there is no doubt about that but Boeing will be made to implement the software fix, the dual sensor system AND thoroughly test the aircraft in a flight test programme before it returns to the sky. No more “grandfather rights” for Boeing. So far the software fix hasn’t even been finalised. Regarding AF447, it was more than clear that it was pilot error. Regarding the FO… Read more »


Once the MAX fly’s again, it will probably be the safest plane in the air. I’ll fly it.


It has fundamental design flaw, and pile of hacks to remedy it. Bad engineering caused by bean counters running the show.


Put some paint on it, and is fixed. Easy and economical.


If they fix it correctly, the name will not matter.