Ryanair to buy 135 fuel-saving Gamechanger aircraft for next spring

The budget carrier has increased its order of Boeing 737 MAX-200s by 25 aircraft

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair is about to spend $3 billion on an order of 135 larger capacity Boeing 737 MAX-200s – nicknamed the Gamechanger. The aircraft will drive savings in fuel consumption and reduce noise emissions.

The carrier has boosted their order by 25 and the planes’ deliveries should start in the first half of next year.

“We are pleased to exercise 25 Boeing 737 Gamechanger options, bringing our firm orders to 135 737-MAX-200s with a further 75 options remaining,” said Ryanair’s Chief Financial Officer Neil Sorahan.

“We look forward to taking delivery of our first Gamechanger in spring 2019.”

The aircraft will bring significant savings to the carrier as it is supposed to reduce fuel consumption by up to 16 per cent. The operation will be also more sound-friendly as it reduces noise-emissions by 40 per cent.  

With more seats on board, Ryanair promises to lower fares even further while remaining  “Europe’s greenest and cleanest airline”.

“The Gamechanger has 8 more seats than our current 189 seat Boeing 737-800NG and incorporates the latest technology engines and winglets which will reduce fuel consumption and noise emissions, ensuring we remain Europe’s greenest, cleanest airline, while allowing us to continue to lower fares as we grow to 200 milllion annual customers by 2024,“ Soronah said.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Ihssane Mounir, said: “We are delighted that Ryanair has decided to order an additional 25 higher capacity 737 MAX 8s as it continues to significantly grow its fleet and increase capacity across its network.

“The 737 MAX 8 with 197 seats is undoubtedly the best possible aeroplane for the low-cost market and today’s increased order with Europe’s leading low-cost airline is a testament to that,” he added.