US planemaker Boeing delivered the first Boeing 737 Max of an order of more than 200 aircraft to Ryanair on Wednesday. Deliveries were supposed to start in the spring of 2019.
“Due to unfortunate delivery delays, we expect to deliver only 12 of these aircraft in the summer of 2021,” Ryanair President Michael O’Leary said on Wednesday. At the beginning of the year, the airline expected to have up to 24 machines of this type by summer. The plane now delivered is the first of a total of 210 firm orders for Ryanair’s new standard jet, which the airline calls a “game-changer”.
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According to Ryanair, the new plane can carry more passengers, use less fuel per seat, fly quieter and emit less carbon dioxide.
The 737 Max was withdrawn from service in March 2019 after it crashed with 346 dead. The main cause of the accidents was considered to be a malfunction in the control program that drove the machines toward the ground. In November, flight bans were lifted in the United States, Europe and Brazil under strict conditions. Due to possible defects in the power supply system, the best-selling Boeing 737 Max has not been delivered recently.