Ryanair is further expanding its fleet with a deal for 10 additional Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft worth $1.1 billion.

The first five aircraft are due to be delivered in the first half of 2019 and the second five a year later.

The new order adds to 100 737 MAX aircraft already ordered by the airline plus 100 options.

The new MAX aircraft will reduce fuel consumption by up to 16% and reduce noise emissions by 40%, while carrying 197 passengers against the carrier’s existing 189-capacity Boeing 737s.

Ryanair chief operations officer Mick Hickey said: “This all new MAX 737 aircraft has eight more seats than our current 189-seat Boeing 737-800s and incorporates the latest technology engines and winglets which reduces fuel consumption and noise emissions.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ senior vice president, global sales and marketing, Ihssane Mounir, said: “The 737 MAX with 197 seats provides Ryanair with the perfect solution for its additional capacity requirements as it strives to carry 200 million passengers per year by the middle of the next decade.

“The 737 family has been the foundation on which Ryanair has revolutionised low-cost travel in Europe and we are honoured that this iconic operator continues to grow in partnership with Boeing.”

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