Ryanair takes options on 25 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

United's first 737 MAX 9 at the Seattle Delivery Center

Incidentally, the Ireland-based firm is already the biggest Boeing aircraft operator across Europe.

Ryanair placed an order for 100 737 MAX aircraft in 2014, with an option for 100 more.

Ryanair has agreed to buy a further 25 Boeing 737 Max planes, worth $3 billion at list prices.

However, the airline has struggled to roster enough pilots as its capacity has increased and was forced to cancel thousands of flights in the final months of previous year.

For the record, Ryanair has already set up its business in countries such as Ukraine and Israel.

It purchased 10 additional MAX planes in June past year, which were on top of the 2014 order.

"We are delighted that Ryanair has made a decision to order an additional 25 higher capacity 737 MAX 8s as it continues to significantly grow its fleet and increase capacity across its network", said Ihssane Mounir, vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing at Boeing. It has improved fuel consumption and 197 seats per aircraft. Ryanair rivals easyJet and Wizz have ordered Airbus A321 planes, which seat up to 239 passengers.

The first of Ryanair's 737 MAX planes are due for delivery in the first half of 2019 and will use CFM Leap-1B engines. Boeing claims the 737 MAX aircraft is the best option for low-priced airlines around the world because the higher seat capacity ensures the best cost per seat in the industry.

"We welcome this first step toward collective bargaining", said Verdi board member Christine Behle.

It has been observed that Ryanair had earlier found it hard to recruit enough pilots with the increase in its aircraft capacity.

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