Sunday 16 June 2019

Ryanair's Boeing 737 MAX 200: Six things we now know

Ryanair, 3D imagery, 737 MAX,
Ryanair, 3D imagery, 737 MAX,
New Ryanair BOEING 737 MAX 200 aircraft
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Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

After placing a whopping order today, Ryanair will become the first airline to operate Boeing's 'gamechanger' aircraft: the 737 MAX 200.

Boeing's 737 MAX 200 is a variant of the  successful 737 MAX 8 that can accommodate up to 200 seats, Boeing says, increasing revenue potential and providing up to 20pc more fuel efficiency per seat than today's most efficient single-aisle airplanes.

Here are six things we now know about the new aircraft:

1. It can fit up to 200 seats...

Ryanair is suggesting it will configure the craft for 197 seats, however - eight more than its existing 189 seat fleet.

2. It boasts a brand new 'Boeing Sky' interior...

It may still be mind-blowingly yellow, but enhanced features will include "modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins," according to Boeing.

3. It has Slimline Seats...

Before the announcement, we feared that Michael O'Leary would squeeze customers to get an extra 11 seats onboard. Now it transpires that customers will actually benefit from more legroom  -  with an average seat pitch of over 30 inches, Boeing says.

4. It's got new CFM LEAP-1B engines...

Combined with the Advanced Technology winglet and other aerodynamic improvements, the 737 MAX 200's engines will reduce fuel consumption by up to 18pc in Ryanair’s configuration, Boeing says.

5. It may make for quieter skies...

The new engines will reduce noise emissions by 40pc, according to the manufacturer.

6. It's a stretch longer than the A320neo...

The 737-MAX-200 airframe is 2.2 meters longer than the A320neo, Boeing says, "giving customers more flexibility and space in the cabin".

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Boeing developed the 737 MAX 200 in response to the needs of the fast growing low-cost sector, which is forecasted to account for 35 percent of single-aisle airline capacity by 2033.

Ryanair aims to grow its passenger numbers to 150 million by 2024, it said today.

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