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Ryanair’s Fleet in 2022




Ryanair operates one of the largest fleets in Europe and in the world. Although in its infancy we would see the Irish low cost carrier operate a variety of aircraft types this is no longer the case nowadays. Here’s the structure of Ryanair’s fleet in 2022.

The Fundamental Choice in The Ryanair Fleet

As we have seen in a previous post, low-cost airlines around the world opt for flying one aircraft type. To sum it up this reduces costs significantly for the airlines. Ryanair is no exception to this rule. They too operate a one aircraft type fleet.

The aircraft of choice for Ryanair is the Boeing 737 in two of its variants. All of their Boeing 737s are laid out in a one class configuration with a 3-3 setup on 33/35 rows. This enables the airline to carry from 189 to 197 passengers on a fully loaded aircraft. A truly incredible number, although not the most comfortable for the passengers.

The Ryanair Fleet in 2022

The Composition of the Fleet in 2022

As we already mentioned the Irish Goliath of low-cost flights, operates an all 737 fleet. However they don’t operate only one variant of this aircraft type, but two. This is how they are split:

  • 243 Boeing 737-800 with a capacity of 189 passengers
  • 34 Boeing 737 MAX 200 with a capacity of 197 passengers

Although many might not know it, Ryanair Holdings doesn’t comprise of just Ryanair itself. In addition to the main airline there are also 2 other airlines. That being said is how their fleet is structured:

  • 120 Boeing 737-800 with a capacity of 189 passengers (Operated by Malta Air)
  • 46 Boeing 737-800 with a capacity of 189 passengers (Operated by Buzz)
  • 28 Boeing 737 MAX 200 with a capacity of 197 passengers (Operated by Malta Air)
  • 13 Boeing 737 MAX 200 with a capacity of 197 passengers (Operated by Buzz)

Speaking about the 737 MAX 200, Ryanair has an order for another 135 of the type. Therefore these will gradually replace the “older” 737-800s that the airline will e phasing out.

Had to put older in inverted quotes as Ryanair is known to have an extremely average age fleet. This is done purposely to avoid rising costs in maintenance and checks that the airliners move on in year, hence saving the airline money.




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