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A Look At Ryanair’s Crazy 200 Seat Boeing 737
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35% of Ryanair passengers were not sat together when not purchasing seats. Photo: Ryanair

We’ve seen some pretty interesting ideas here at Simple Flying. Some are pretty neat, others are pretty nice, but this one perhaps evokes a different emotion.


Ryanair is looking to outfit their Boeing 737-8 MAX with 200 seats. For comparison, Southwest’s 737 MAXs have 175 seats. Granted, Ryanair has ordered the 737-8-200, a specially designed high-capacity MAX aircraft for low-cost carriers.

In recent 737 MAX news, passengers and crew alike decried American’s intention to put 29 inches of pitch on their 737 MAXs. While American changed their mind, their 737 MAX is still not a well-liked plane.

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Ryanair’s latest proposal, however, takes the cake for the smallest economy seats. To fit 200 seats on their 737 MAX, the seats will be arranged with 28 inches of pitch.



Ryanair 737MAX interior with 200 seats
Currently, Ryanair’s smallest pitch is 30 inches on their 737-800 aircraft. Those planes have a maximum capacity of 189 seats.

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Given these parameters, Ryanair will most likely outfit these aircraft with 3 lavatories. That is almost 67 passengers per lavatory! Those lavatories will undoubtedly be small like American’s.

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Ryanair mostly flies short hops across Europe. This makes 28 inches a bit more bearable if it is on a 1-hour flight versus a 6 or 7-hour flight. Ryanair is also known for their cheap fares. Given fares as low as Ryanair’s, this seating arrangement makes sense from an efficiency and financial standpoint.

Ultimately, the biggest concern is whether other airlines with follow suit. With British Airways acting more and more like a low-cost carrier, most people probably would not be happy with a 28-inch pitch for a transatlantic flight.


What are your thoughts on Ryanair’s new plane? Would you like to fly on it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ryanair issues profit warning, Michael O'Leary gets a new 5 year contract as group CEO and Ryanair adopts a more IAG like structure with 4 subsidiaries, Ryanair DAC, Ryanair UK, Ryanair Sun and Laudamotion.
https://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUKKCN1PT0A9?__twitter_impression=true
At first glance MOL is having his wings clipped (to maintain the aviation theme). Analysts don't think that's the case though.

I wonder how much real independence the CEOs of the four airlines within the group will enjoy. Currently many UK routes are operated jointly by UK-based aircraft and others based in Europe.

I also wonder who will take future decisions as to which UK routes will operate, begin, end, increase/decrease in frequency, and which airline will operate them.
 

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At first glance MOL is having his wings clipped (to maintain the aviation theme). Analysts don't think that's the case though.

I wonder how much real independence the CEOs of the four airlines within the group will enjoy. Currently many UK routes are operated jointly by UK-based aircraft and others based in Europe.

I also wonder who will take future decisions as to which UK routes will operate, begin, end, increase/decrease in frequency, and which airline will operate them.
I imagine it will operate in much a similar way as say BA/Iberia operate LHR - MAD, BA/Aer Lingus operate LHR - DUB/BHD and Aer Lingus/Iberia operate DUB - MAD.

I doubt each sub-group will take decisions that will affect other sub-groups without consulting them first.
 

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