Ryanair will have 21 more aircraft operating next summer to expand its route network and increase frequencies on existing services.
The message came from CEO Micheal O’Leary as Europe’s largest low cost carrier took delivery of the first of 180 new Boeing 737-800s worth $16 billion.
Ryanair will take delivery of a further 20 further aircraft by July 2015.
The delivery came just days after the carrier to purchase up to 200 new generation Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft, including 100 options, worth ore than $22 billion.
O’Leary said: “We are delighted to take delivery of the first of our 180 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. These new Boeing aircraft enable Ryanair to keep the fleet average age below five years, while providing our customers with unmatched punctuality, reliability and an improved customer experience.
“We will have 21 more aircraft for summer 2015 which will allow Ryanair to offer more new routes and increased frequencies to more customers than ever before.
“Ryanair operates the largest fleet of Boeing airplanes in Europe and we are proud and honoured to become the lead operator of Boeing’s ‘gamechanger’ 737 MAX 200 aircraft which will expand our fleet to 520 aircraft by 2024 and create another 3,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineers in Europe, while allowing us to grow traffic from 82 million last year to over 150 million by 2024.”
Sourced from Travel Weekly