Ryanair Places $18 Billion, 200 Plane Order with Boeing – Report
Irish budget carrier Ryanair has placed an order with Boeing to buy 200 737-series aircraft worth an estimated $18 billion, according to a report by the Irish Independent.
The publication reports:
‘The mammoth order – due to be confirmed by US President Barack Obama and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the White House next week – is the single biggest aircraft purchase ever agreed by Ryanair. It’s also one of the biggest orders ever placed with Seattle-based manufacturer Boeing.
It means Ryanair has all but thrown in the towel in its seven-year battle to buy Aer Lingus, and will now focus once more on its own long-term expansions efforts. A spokesman for the airline declined to comment.’
The order will be used to replace some existing aircraft in Ryanair’s fleet, but it means the carrier will be in a position to extend its footprint to even more corners of Europe and outside the region.
Ryanair will either go with Boeing’s new 737 MAX aircraft, the 737-800 series or a combination of both.
Airnation.net’s attempts to get a comment from Ryanair have gone unanswered.
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