Confident that its robust growth is here to stay, Ryanair says it now expects to operate up to 418 aircraft by 2012. Late last week, the Irish carrier signed a follow-on order for an additional 70 Boeing 737-800s valued at "over $4 billion" and optioned another 70 aircraft. According to Ryanair, the revised fleet plan now comprises 225 firm orders and 193 options. The low-cost carrier's executives believe that high fuel prices and steeper competition will not curb its robust growth. ...

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