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Ryanair set to receive first Boeing 737 MAX

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Ryanair's first Boeing 737 MAX jet will arrive in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon after the airline took possession of the plane earlier in the day in Seattle.

Adds delivery schedule and CEO quote

DUBLIN, June 16 (Reuters) - Ryanair's RYA.I first Boeing BA.N 737 MAX jet will arrive in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon after the airline took possession of the plane earlier in the day in Seattle.

"We are delighted to take delivery of our first new technology Gamechanger aircraft," Group Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said in an emailed statement.

The company said it expected to take delivery of 12 Boeing 737-8200s this summer, with 6 delivered in Ryanair colours and 6 in Malta Air colours. It expects an additional 50 to be delivered before summer 2022.

The largest European customer of the MAX with 210 firm orders of the 197-seat MAX200 model, Ryanair was initially due to take delivery of its first MAX two years ago before the jet was grounded for 20 months after two fatal crashes.

Since then, the Irish airline has announced repeated delays, cutting its planned deliveries in time for use in summer 2021.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Additional reporting by Graham Fahy; Editing by Alexander Smith and Jan Harvey)

((padraic.halpin@thomsonreuters.com; +353 1 500 1504; Reuters Messaging: padraic.halpin.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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