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Low-cost Irish air carrier Ryanair adds to its all-Boeing fleet with an order for 3 Next Generation Boeing 737-800s, bringing the number of the technocially advanced aircraft that the airline has on order to 174.

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Boeing 737 in Ryanair livery. Photo Credit: Boeing.

 

Ryanair has ordered 3 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s. The order is valued at US$280 million at current list prices.

This order brings the number of Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s that the low-cost Irish carrier has on order to 174 and the number of Boeing 737 MAX 200s that it has on order to 100..

Launched in 1994, the Boeing 737-800 is a stretched version of the Boeing 737-700. It went into service in 1998. The jetliner competes head on with the Airbus A320.

"These Boeing aircraft orders will allow us to expand our fleet to over 520 aircraft and to increase our traffic to 160 million customers per annum by 2024, creating some 10,000 new positions for pilots, cabin crew and engineers, as we continue to grow tourism, routes and jobs across Europe," says Michael O'Leary, CEO of the budget Irish airline.

Founded in 1985, Ryanair operates more than 1,600 flights a day to 189 travel destinations across 30 European countries and Moracco in Northern Africa.

The airline operates the largest all-Boeing fleet in Europe with more than Boeing 300 737-800s currently in service.

The airline operates a point-to-point route network, similar to such other low-cost carriers as Southwest Airways in the United States, rather than the hub-and-spoke model, which most of the legacy airlines employ.

The airlines flies mostly to smaller communities and secondary airports in large cities, but there are exceptions.

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