The name Ryanair may not be as familiar to Americans, but in Europe, the budget-friendly airline carried more passengers than any competitor in 2020.
And they carried them on Boeing planes. That’s because Ryanair has long maintained a fleet that’s solely supplied by Boeing in order to streamline operations. By using only variations of the 737 model, Ryanair says its able to move pilots seamlessly from craft to craft, keeping costs down and safety up.Right now, according to Ryanair’s own website, the airline has more than 300 planes in its fleet but it’s got a lot more on order in support of an expansion it says will conclude with 520 total planes by 2024. This means that a fully booked Ryanair could fly 160 million passengers per year.