Ryanair has taken the delivery of its final B737-800 aircraft, nearly 20 years after the first entered its fleet in 1999.

The carrier is the world’s largest B737-800 customer, with over 440 of the aircraft currently in operation.

Ryanair operates an all-Boeing fleet – indeed all but one of its current aircraft are the B737-800 model (the airline has one B737-700 which it uses for charter operations and pilot training).

At the weekend Boeing posted the following message on its Twitter page in commemoration of the landmark delivery:

“It’s the end of an era and the start of a new one. @Ryanair took delivery of its last 737 NG today. Thanks for being all-#Boeing and get ready for the #737MAX “Gamechanger”.

Next year Ryanair will become the launch customer for the Boeing B737 Max 200, with 135 aircraft currently on order.

The airline will configure the aircraft with 197 seats, up from the current maximum of 189 on its B737-800s.

The B737 Max 200 is a high density version of the existing B737 Max 8, which launched in 2017 with Lion Air subsidiary Malindo Air.