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Ryanair places order for as many as 200 new Boeing 737s

Game changer: Mr O'Leary (left) with Ray Conner, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group; Ryanair said it plans to fit the planes with 197 seats, up from the maximum 189 seats on its fleet. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

[NEW YORK] Ryanair said on Monday that it had signed a preliminary agreement to buy as many as 200 new 737 jets from Boeing in a configuration that will allow it to squeeze an additional eight seats into the US planemaker's popular single-aisle airframe.The agreement, which includes an order for