Ryanair’s first Boeing 737 Max 8-200 aircraft is due to land in Dublin today.

The long-awaited delivery of what the Irish carrier has often referred to as the “game-changing” narrowbody follows months of uncertainty over whether the aircraft would arrive in time to enter service this summer.

Flight-tracking websites show that EI-HEN – which is painted in Ryanair’s mainline colours – left Boeing Field in Seattle at 01:16 local time on 16 June and is due to land at Dublin airport at around 18:00 local time.

As recently as mid-May, Ryanair group chief executive Michael O’Leary said he doubted the carrier would receive any Max jets in time for the summer season, blaming Boeing for the delay.


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A Ryanair Boeing 737 Max 8-200 at the airframer’s Renton facility in August 2020

Ryanair has orders in place for 210 737 Max 8-200 jets, having firmed up 75 more units in early December 2020.

The carrier is configuring its high-density 8-200s with 197 seats.