Ryanair orders at least 150 of Boeing’s largest 737 Max planes

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A Ryanair Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft as seen flying, landing and taxiing at Eindhoven Airport EIN.

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Ryanair said it plans to buy at least 150 Boeing 737 10 Max planes with options for 150 more.

It’s the budget carrier’s biggest order and the manufacturer’s latest sizable deal for new planes as airlines replace aging jets and grow their fleets.

Shares of Boeing popped about 2.5% in premarket trading Tuesday after the news.

Ryanair plans to operate the Max 10s, which haven’t yet been certified by regulators, with 228 seats on board.

The 150 planes in the firm order are worth more than $20 billion at list prices, but airlines generally receive significant discounts for such big orders. Ryanair stopped negotiations for a big Max order in September 2021 because of a dispute over pricing.

Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary said the new planes will replace older 737 jets in its fleet. The 150 additional jets it has optioned would allow it to fly more than 300 million passengers a year by 2034, he said.

The ultra low-cost airline flew 97 million passengers in the 12 months ended March 31, down from 149 million before the Covid pandemic, according to a company report.

The budget carrier’s order is the latest in a string of big sales for Boeing, which has reached agreements to sell hundreds of planes to customers including Air India, Saudia and United Airlines in recent months.

Boeing’s next challenge is ramping up production of the 737 Max. Last month the company said it aims to make 38 of each month, up from 31. It also plans to increase its 787 Dreamliner production to five a month late this year, up from three.

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