EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W Ryanair 

Yesterday Wednesday 10th September took delivery of the first of its 180 new Boeing 737-800’s worth $16 billion at current list prices. The aircraft touched down in Dublin Airport, at 1314 local callsign ‘Ryanair 800E’, flown from Boeing Field, Seattle, by Ryanair Chief Pilot, Capt Ray Conway.

The first aircraft is registered EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44686 Hex code 4CA174 used test registration N1786B. According to Puget Sound blog the aircraft is leased from Aviation Finance and Leasing S.à.r.l.

A further 20 Boeing 737-800s will be delivered between September 2014 and July 2015, which will enable the airline to open more new bases and routes , and additional frequencies on existing routes for Summer 2015.

Since 1999 Ryanair has taken delivery of 349 Boeing 737-800s and the largest operator global operator of the aircraft.

On Monday, Ryanair signed an agreement with Boeing to purchase up to 200 new Boeing 737 MAX 200 “gamechanger” aircraft (100 firm & 100 options). When finalised and all options exercised, this deal will be worth over $22bn at current list prices.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said “We are delighted to take delivery of the first of our 180 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. These new Boeing aircraft enable Ryanair to keep the fleet average age below 5 years, while providing our customers with unmatched punctuality, reliability and an improved customer experience. We will have 21 more aircraft for Summer 2015 which will allow Ryanair to offer more new routes and increased frequencies to more customers than ever before.”

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