Ryanair Tweaks Fleet to Fit in More People and Increase Legroom

By Gary Cutlack on at

Ryanair has placed a huge $22bn (£13.6bn) order for a fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 200 aeroplanes, which it'll be filling with a potential 197 passengers. A reorganisation of the insides should allow it to fit more people inside and slightly improve knee clearance for lanky travellers.

The planes feature eight more seats than Ryanair's current 737-800s, a boost achieved by moving the rear toilets and removing part of the front galley. The planes are also some 18 per cent more fuel efficient in their Ryanair configuration, which will help batter down prices by a few pence if needed.

Michael O'Leary, the flier's CEO, said: "This is the aircraft we've been waiting for, for 10 years. I hope it will hasten in a new price war in Europe, which like all other price wars, Ryanair will win." [Ryanair via Independent]