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DUBLIN Rumors suggest that Irish budget carrier Ryanair is close to reaching an agreement with Boeing for additional 737 MAX jets at huge discounts.

The airline has already committed to buying 135 737 MAX jets with an option to take a further 75 copies. 

The 737 MAX has been re-certified after a 20-month grounding on safety concerns after two deadly crashes that killed 346 people. The new 737 MAX orders would boost Boeing, whose reputation suffered in the controversy following regulators’ decision to ground the aircraft in March last year.  Ryanair had already signaled that it was interested in buying more newer generation single-aisle jets from Boeing. The Irish group has been in talks with Boeing over compensation for delays in delivery of the 737 MAX, the first of which it was due to receive last year.

The lack of demand for new aircraft as a result of the pandemic crisis, will probably provide Ryanair leverage to negotiate huge discounts on the list price of the 737 MAX

Ryanair reports 82% drop in November traffic 

Ryanair’s November traffic was down 82% as just two million holidaymakers took flights in the month.

This is half the 4.1 million passengers it served in October and down from its peak 7 million reported for August 2020. However, the figures are up from the trough of just 40,000 customers seen in April at the height of the pandemic.

Compared to November 2019, traffic was down from the 10.9 million customers who flew with the budget airline.#

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