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.