Ryanair buys more Boeing planes as passenger traffic jumps 29%
Ryanair has gone shopping for yet more jets, buying three Boeing 737-800 aircraft worth $280 million at list price, as the Irish airline continues to enjoy strong traffic figures.
The latest purchase means the budget carrier is adding 183 new 737-800s to its hangars, with the latest three to be delivered early next year, on top of the 200 Boeing MAX 200 aircraft Ryanair has on order.
Chief executive Michael O’Leary wants to grow annual passenger numbers from close to 90 million last year to 160 million passengers by 2024.
He pointed out that growth ambition could create “some 10,000 new positions for pilots, cabin crew and engineers, as we continue to grow tourism, routes and jobs across Europe.”
Putting on far more winter routes – rather its traditional poleaxing of capacity during the colder months – meant Ryanair saw its traffic grow by 29% to 5.8 million fliers in February.
The load factor – which measures how many plane seats were full - increased by 11% to 89%.
Yesterday the airline outlined its latest customer service improvements, toning down its garish yellow cabins, trimming airport check-in fees and missed flight charges, and making it easier to opt-out of its own-brand travel insurance.
Independent News Service