Irish carrier Ryanair has taken delivery of its last new Boeing 737-800, a little over 20 years since it first ordered the jet.

In March 1998, Ryanair placed a firm order for 25 737-800s, the first of which joined the fleet the following year. This has since been added to by a series of follow-on orders from the pan-European low-cost giant.

Boeing on 14 December tweeted that the last of these aircraft had been delivered.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Ryanair has a fleet of 440 737-800s, making it the largest airline operator of 737-800s.

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Ryanair in 2014 placed an order for 737 Max jets to cover its future fleet requirements. Deliveries of these begin next year. Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Ryanair has 135 Max aircraft on order and holds options on a further 75 of the type.

Source: Cirium Dashboard