Ryanair unveils ambitious strategy for post-pandemic operations: 225 million passengers and more than 200 737 MAX aircraft by 2026
The Dublin-based low-cost airline is mainly focusing on expanding its fleet and hubs, as it expects to serve up to 225 million passengers by 2026. The estimate is about 25 million passengers higher than the previous objective of the carrier.
Ryanair expects to receive 210 Boeing 737 MAX 8200 aircraft (Gamechanger) by December 2024. The airline could start flying MAX earlier, but due to two Boeing MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019, the carrier received its first MAX only in June 2021, with a delay of two years.
This special variant of the MAX is based on the 737 MAX 8 and Boeing developed it in response to previous forecasts of the rapid growth of the low-cost sector. "The performance of the B737 Gamechanger aircraft this summer exceeded our expectations. Operational reliability, fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions have so far exceeded all expectationsSaid Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair.
Ryanair currently expects to receive 12 MAX aircraft in 2021, six of which will be painted in Malta Air livery. Another 50 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will be received before the summer of 2022.
In addition, Ryanair plans to open 10 new bases in Europe by the end of 2021. According to O'Leary, the low-cost carrier has already started partnerships with various European airports. "To help them recover traffic and jobs after the COVID-19 pandemic" as well as to "Take advantage of slot opportunities that are released by competing airlines" which went bankrupt or reduced the number of aircraft in the fleet due to the pandemic.
"Ryanair has used this crisis to significantly increase aircraft orders, expand our airport partnerships and ensure lower operating costs so that we can have even lower fares for customers and offer more growth. higher than already expected, both in terms of traffic and in terms of jobs, in the next 5 years. "
Ryanair recently opened a € 50 million aviation training center near Dublin Airport (DUB) in Ireland. The new training center is equipped with three full-motion simulators for pilots who will operate Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320 aircraft, as well as two fixed-base simulators for Boeing 737 and A320 flight crews.