SEATTLE, WASHINGTONOn June 16, the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8-200 jet in Seattle, Washington.

The aircraft flew overnight from Seattle and landed at Dublin Airport later the same day. This is Ryanair's first delivery of 210 firm orders of the type. The aircraft will carry 4% more passengers but reduce fuel consumption by 16% per seat, lower noise emissions by 40% and lower CO2 emissions by a similar amount.

“We are delighted to take delivery of our first new technology Gamchanger aircraft. These new Boeing 737 aircraft will help Ryanair lower costs, cut fuel consumption, and lower noise and CO2 emissions as we invest heavily in new technology to deepen our environmental commitment as Europe’s greenest, cleanest major airline. Each B737 aircraft offers 197 seats (compared to our 189-seat current 737 fleet). However, our customers will enjoy more legroom, new Boeing “Sky Interiors” and lower fares, while reducing their environmental footprint by switching to these new aircraft," Ryanair’s boss Michael O’Leary said.

Due to delivery delays, the Irish carrier expects to take delivery of just 12 of these aircraft during Summer 2021, with 6 delivering in Ryanair colors and 6 in Malta Air colors, a Ryanair Group airline.

Ryanair expects to take delivery of an additional 50 Boeing 737-8-200 aircraft before Summer 2022, which will enable the Ryanair Group to add new routes to its current network.