Major low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced that the company will begin developing and building a new aircraft maintenance facility in Dublin, creating 200+ new highly paid and skilled jobs for engineers and aircraft mechanics. The investment is estimated to be priced at around EUR 40 million.
The existing facility will be expanded at Dublin Int’l Airport (DUB) with the construction of a new state-of-the-art 4 bay hangar.
This is set to become operative for Ryanair’s fleet in the second quarter of 2025 as the company increases their Boeing 737 fleet size to 600 in the coming years.
The multi-million investment
Announced by the low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair on April 17, the airline is set to start construction of a new maintenance facility at Dublin Airport, creating more than 200 highly paid and high skilled jobs for aircraft engineers and mechanics.
The new four-bay hangar will involve a EUR 40 million investment by the carrier, and is estimated to be a 120,000 square foot facility for the operations.
The facility will be one of the most environmentally friendly hangars in the EU, with gas absorbtion heat pumps reducing energy use by up to 35%.
The new hangar will facilitate both the heavy and line maintenance on Ryanair’s Boeing 737 fleet, as the airline steadily grows the aircraft fleet to 600 airframes with the newer “Game Changer” Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 aircraft deliveries.
These will carry 4% more passengers all the while burning 16% less fuel per flight and emitting 40% less noise than the regular Boeing 737-800NG series.
At the time of writing, Ryanair and its subsidiaries currently operate a Boeing 737NG/MAX fleet size of 511 aircraft, with 11 more anticipated in the time ahead, according to Planespotters.net data.
This breaks down to 411 Boeing 737-700/800NGs and 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
The construction of the new 120,000 square feet four bay hangar facility is estimated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2023, with operations at the facility planned to begin in the second quarter of 2025.
Eddie Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Ryanair, stated the following on the latest expansion announcement:
“As Ireland’s No.1 airline, we are delighted to announce our plans to invest a further €40 million in Dublin which will see significant expansion of our Dublin maintenance base and will create a further 200 highly paid jobs for engineers and mechanics.”
“This facility will be state of the art and one of the most environmentally friendly hangars in Europe and will facilitate the maintenance of our growing fleet.”
“Ryanair is the ‘go-to’ airline for highly skilled engineering jobs with our industry leading rosters for engineers and the opportunity to work with the biggest operator of Boeing 737s in Europe.”
“We are pleased to announce the expansion of Ryanair maintenance in Ireland as Ryanair continues to grow to over 600 aircraft and 225 million passengers by 2026.” he concluded.
Speaking of environmentally friendly…
On April 12, Ryanair announced the airline is now operating 100% of their Amsterdam flights with a SAF blend. Ryanair’s latest signed SAF deal was with Shell back in December of last year, and the airline has shown a lot of interest for Sustainable Aviation Fuel in the time since then.
The increased usage of SAF represents the latest milestone development in Ryanair’s goal of operating 12.5% of all flights with SAF by year 2030.
The move also further supports Ryanair’s “Pathway to Net Zero by 2050” decarbonisation goals – a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a mere 32%.
On this occasion, Ryanair’s Director of Sustainability, Thomas Fowler said the following:
“Ryanair is delighted to extend our partnership with Neste to increase the amount of Ryanair flights at Amsterdam being powered with a 40% blend of SAF from a third of flights to our entire Amsterdam operation from 1 April.”
“Increasing the use of SAF is a fundamental pillar of our Pathway to Net Zero by 2050 decarbonisation strategy and this increase at Amsterdam will reduce greenhouse gas emissions of our flights from there by 32%.”
“We look forward to continuing our growing partnership with Neste as we further progress our goal of operating 12.5% of Ryanair flights with SAF by 2030.”