Ryanair finally takes delivery first Boeing 737 MAX 8-200.

This Wednesday, Ryanair finally took possession of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 in Seattle.

“We are delighted to take delivery of our first new technology Gamechanger aircraft,” Group Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said in an emailed statement.

Ryanair said it expected to take delivery of 12 Boeing 737-8200s this summer, with 6 delivered in Ryanair colours and 6 in Malta Air colours. It expects an additional 50 to be delivered before summer 2022.

Ryanair, Europe’s largest MAX customer with 210 firm orders for the 197-seat MAX200 model, was initially due to take delivery of its first MAX two years ago, before the aircraft was grounded for 20 months following two fatal crashes.

Since then, the Irish airline has announced repeated delays, cutting its planned deliveries in time for use in the summer of 2021.

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