Ryanair exercised options for an additional 27 blended winglet-equipped 737-800s with deliveries scheduled from September 2009 through March 2010. The order, previously assigned to an unidentified customer, is worth $1.9 billion at list prices and brings the LCC's 737-800 order book to 308, of which 137 have been delivered. It plans to operate a fleet of 262 aircraft by 2012. Separately, Ryanair announced the November launch of eight new routes from its Shannon base, the closure of three and ...

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