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Boeing delivers 300th 737-800 to Ireland’s Ryanair

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2011 at 6:56 am |
February 28, 2011 6:56 am

Boeing has delivered the 300th version of its popular 737-800 aircraft to Europe’s largest discount air carrier, Ryanair.

Ryanair, which has made its fortune charging rock-bottom fares by flying to alternate airports and by charging ala carte for nearly every piece of the trip, flies an all-737 fleet.

The Irish airline and Boeing have been unable to reach agreement on further large 737 orders. Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary signed a post-911 contract with Boeing at bargain rates for the 737s he’s been receiving, and he wants similar bargain prices for follow-on orders.

Boeing has declined to drop its prices as far as O’Leary wants.

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