Ryanair receives first Boeing 737 Max 200

Ryanair Boeing 737 Max aircraft
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Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max 200 jets. The airline’s first airplane of this type arrived in Dublin on Wednesday, already followed by a second one on Friday.

The European carrier selected the Max 200, which is a variant of the 737 Max 8 that is certified to carry more passengers. Boeing designed this version specifically for low-cost carriers that want to configure their aircraft’s cabins with more seats. Compared to the previous generation 737-800, the 737 Max 200 has a total of 197 seats instead of 189 in Ryanair’s layout. Following two fatal accidents and a worldwide grounding of the 737 Max family, Ryanair now brands its 737 Max 200 planes as “737-8200”.

In December last year, the airline signed an additional firm order for the type, bringing its total number to 210 firm orders.

Ryanair expects to take delivery of an additional twelve Boeing 737 Max aircraft this summer. The jets will wear both Ryanair and Malta Air (a Ryanair subsidiary) liveries. Furthermore, the low-cost carrier plans to receive a further 50 Boeing 737 Max jets before summer 2022.