Ryanair's Boeing Order 'To Create 3,000 Jobs'
Ryanair has revealed plans to buy around 175 passenger planes from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
The Dublin-based airline said its purchase of the 737-800 planes would create more than 3,000 new jobs across Europe.
Around 75 of the new aircraft will replace some of Ryanair's existing fleet of 737s - the plane known as the "workhorse of the skies".
The deal - which needs to be approved by Ryanair's shareholders - is expected to be worth around $15.6bn (£10.3bn) at current prices
The order is Boeing's largest to date in 2013, and comes as the company struggles following the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner planes due to technical faults.
Last week, the US company unveiled modifications to its 787 batteries and assured passengers that the plane will be airborne within weeks.
The airline's chief executive Michael O'Leary and the head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Ray Conner, signed the agreement in New York.
Mr O'Leary said he was pleased with the deal, which will allow Ryanair to grow its airline service by around 5% per annum over the next several years.
"Ryanair is proud to buy Boeing, who have always made great aircraft and the 737-800 has been the cornerstone of Ryanair's success due to its great engineering and phenomenal reliability," he said.
"These 175 new airplanes will enable us to lower cost and airfares even further."
The announcement comes a day after European aviation giant Airbus - Boeing's rival - announced a record order worth 18.4bn euros (£15.7bn) from Indonesia's Lion Air for 234 medium-range A320 jets.