Ryanair To Deploy High Density 737’s Out Of London Stansted

The first Ryanair 737 MAX is set to arrive at Stansted in a couple of months. The aircraft, which will contain 200 seats, will initially operate from Stansted before being rolled out across the network.

Ryanair is due to receive 135 B737MAX8 aircraft. Additionally, Europe’s largest airline has options on a further 75 MAX 8 aircraft according to Flight Global. All of these are for the 200 seat variant of the aircraft specifically created by Boeing for the airline.

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The 200 seater B737 will have an additional exit on each side. Photo: Ryanair

200 Seater Aircraft

Specifically for Ryanair, Boeing has created the new, extra high capacity model of the B737MAX. The aircraft has additional emergency exit doors in the mid-fuselage to allow the higher passenger numbers. The aircraft made its first flight back on January 13th, and it looks as though before too long Ryanair will be holding the keys to the first of many.


The airline originally ordered 100 of the aircraft, however, it would seem as though Michael O’Leary is impressed with the vision that Boeing presented him. While the original order placed in 2014 was for 100 aircraft with 100 options, the total number of firm orders currently stands at 135. At list prices in 2014, Ryanair’s order was worth $11bn (USD).

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Ryanair’s first B737-MAX8 should be delivered in April. Photo: Ryanair

April Delivery

Ryanair has dubbed the B737 MAX a “gamechanger” aircraft. Indeed, this buzzword can be seen around various Ryanair press releases around the subject. Ryanair has said that the aircraft will offer more legroom while cramming in even more seats. The aircraft will be Ryanair’s greenest yet, said to be 20% more fuel efficient than the current B737s in service. At the same time, the airline will introduce a brand new interior.

The first of the new B737 aircraft will be delivered to Ryanair’s Stansted base in April. Four more will then be delivered throughout the course of 2019. This will lead to Ryanair operating all 5 during the winter schedule.

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The first aircraft will operate out of Stansted, Ryanair’s home. Photo: Stansted Airport

150 New Routes

The new B737 aircraft will allow Ryanair to launch a vast number of new routes while creating up to 3,000 new pilot jobs. The MAX 8 will help Ryanair to reach their goal of 200 million passengers per annum by 2024.

“We are pleased to launch our London winter 2019 schedule with over 150 routes in total, which will deliver 26m customers through our 4 London airports this year. The first 5 of our new Boeing MAX “Gamechanger” will be based at London Stansted this Summer, offering more legroom and bright new interiors.

Would you like to fly on the new B737-MAX 8-200? Let us know in the comments down below!


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Stansted is not Ryanair’s home. It’s Dublin!!!!!


What tom said.

It’s nice to see an EU airline running so many US aircraft. Its the same with Jet Blue and Airbus.

Dave Page

“Would you like to fly on the new B737-MAX?”

NO, as I don’t wish to die on this plane given the two mass-fatalities in Indonesia and Ethiopia within the last three-months, both involving the same plane just after take-off.

What I WOULD like to see is Ryanair — an airline traditionally focused on profit over passengers — confirm that they’re going to hold moving these new planes into service until such time as these highly improbable and seemingly identical disasters are explained…

Diana Archer

I agree until Ryan air confirm that they will delay bringing in theses planes to Stansted until the cause of these air crashes is known ,I will not fly Ryan air.

John Surbey

Having used Ryanair on many flights over the past few years I will be avoiding if the 800 max is brought into service too soon.

Jonas Lundberg

As Ryanair has never had a crash I’m sure they will want to keep it that way. In Europe its Ryan, Norwegian and Tui who went crazy on a 737-MAX shopping spree. Boeing normally builds very good planes so this is surprising but I learned that the drive for fuel efficiency and low carbon foot print may have gone too far on the 737 so that it is inherently unstable, for instance the engines are some 75-80% larger diameter than on the original 737 that came out in the late 1960s. Ryan is also eyeing buying 100 Airbuses for their… Read more »

Gunnar Wolpe

The Boeing 737MAX is NOT aerodynamically unstable. The recent crashes were the result of pilots not having been properly trained on the MCAS system, the purpose of which is to make the 737MAX handle like the older 737s and avoid requiring pilots having to re-qualify on the newer planes. As of the last week of May 2019, Boeing announced that the MCAS system has been modified to avoid the problems seen in the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes. The modification involves limiting the range of automatic elevator trimming that MCAS can impose, as well as using data from both… Read more »

Andy Robbins

I will not be flying with any airline that operate the 737MAX. Not just Ryanair.
Big fan of Ryanair so I’m sure that they will not want to unset the travelling public.

Sue carty

I will stop flying with Ryanair if the seats are any smaller than at present. Flights are not a pleasure but more an endurance test. It will cost me considerably more to book other airlines but it would be worth it.


I agree with the others who say they will not fly on the 737 MAX. Why would you choose to fly in a plane which is, apparently, of such unstable design that it necessitates a control system to cope with the instability? That’s “papering over the cracks”. Next, they’ll give the aircraft a new name to try to fool us.