Ryanair’s shareholders have approved the airline’s plan to order 100 737 MAX aircraft, with options for 100 more.
The order was originally announced as a commitment in September and makes Ryanair the launch customer for the aircraft type.
The deal, which is worth $11bn at current list prices without the options, was agreed by 99.93 per cent of the shareholders who voted at an extraordinary general meeting.
At 197 seats, the 737 MAX will hold eight more seats than Ryanair’s existing 737-800s and offer more leg room.
The new aircraft, which Michael O’Leary describes as a “gamechanger”, will also be 18 per cent more fuel-efficient and 40 per cent quieter.
O’Leary says the order will create “10,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineers in Europe”. To read more of O’Leary’s comments visit www.mro-network.com