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Ryanair – Blockbuster Boeing 737 Order (Updated)

Ryanair

Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced on September 8, 2014 that the launch of customer of the new 737-MAX-200 series planes will be long time customer Ryanair (IRXL IE: RYA4B).

Details

The following are some key features of the 737-MAX 200 in comparison to the current generation 737-MAX:

737 Plane.002

Reference – Information taken from press release issued by Boeing. http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2014-09-08-Boeing-Launches-737-MAX-200-with-Ryanair  Retrieved on September 8, 2014.

The following infographic shows the evolution of the 737 plane in terms of passenger capacity:

737 Plane.001Reference – Information taken from wikipedia. First flight information taken from book “Boeing 737-100 and 200” by Mike Sharpe and Robbie Shaw under section 9 Chronology.  Retrieved on September 8, 2014.

Analysis – Updated with more analysis

Boeing

With modifications to the galleys and the use of thinner seats, the plane type would be capable of carrying up to 200 passengers. As a comparison, the Airbus A320 neo to be introduced can only accommodate 164 passengers in a typical 1-class configuration. [2]

This can be a potential big win for Boeing in managing the demands of low cost carriers searching for additional seat revenue and lowering costs.

Airbus

The narrowbody segment is very competitive. Airbus will need to take a look at its A320 family program and see whether there is a way to squeeze in more seats within the A320 or A321 aircrafts.

Passengers

In the future, the 737-MAX 200 will be used to replace aging 737s and also craft new routes to other leisure or low-yield markets. Improved amenities would aid passengers but expect these planes to fly longer routes. The new seats would also replace some galley space as noted below and should stay at 30″ pitch (which is standard for low cost carriers).

Additional seats would be placed by reducing or eliminating some galley space. Image taken from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2748889/Ryanair-promises-leg-room-new-Boeing-planes-despite-adding-eight-seats.html on December 3, 2014 (All Rights Reserved)
Additional seats would be placed by reducing or eliminating some galley space. Image taken from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2748889/Ryanair-promises-leg-room-new-Boeing-planes-despite-adding-eight-seats.html on December 3, 2014 (All Rights Reserved)

Updated – December 3, 2014

Boeing and Ryanair announced that they have finalized the deal for the new 737 MAX-200 order valued at 11 Billion $US.

 

Reference

[1] Information taken from wikipedia. First flight information taken from the book “Boeing 737-100 and 200” by Mike Sharpe and Robbie Shaw under section 9 Chronology.  Retrieved on September 8, 2014.

[2] Information taken from wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A320_family Retrieved on September 8, 2014.

[3] RyanAir photo taken from  http://s1.ibtimes.com/sites/www.ibtimes.com/files/styles/v2_article_large/public/2014/09/08/737-max-200.jpg?itok=_okc3zMw

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