Ryanair is to recruit 2,000 new pilots to crew its new planes over the next three years as the airline recovers and rebuilds from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ryanair said it has now taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-8200 aircraft, which will help it to lower costs, cut fuel consumption and lower noise and CO2 emissions.

The airline has said it confident it will have 60 new planes in place for the summer of 2022.

Ryanair said today that most captain vacancies created by the aircraft deliveries will be filled by internal promotions which creates opportunities for replacement First Officers.

The airline has partnered with Airline Flight Academy in Dublin to deliver Boeing 737 Training Courses as part of this recruitment drive.

Training courses take place during the rest of the year to be ready for Summer 2022 for positions all over Europe.

Ryanair's People Director Darrell Hughes said that as the airline take delivery of more than 210 Boeing 737-8200 gamechanger aircraft, Ryanair will recruit over 2,000 pilots over the next three years to fill positions created by this growth.

"This is great news for experienced and aspiring pilots but also for our own pilots who will enjoy fast tracked promotions," Mr Hughes said.

"We are delighted to start planning for a return to growth over the coming years as we recover from the Covid-19 crisis and grow to 200m guests by FY2024," he added.

Ryanair had in May posted an annual net loss of €1 billion as Covid-19 grounded the global aviation sector and ravaged travel demand, but the airline is now charting a path to recovery.

Back in December, the airline signed a deal for 75 Boeing 737 MAX jets.

That took Ryanair's total order to 210 MAX aircraft with a total value of more than $22 billion, and which are to be delivered over a four-year period to 2024.

The December announcement marked Boeing's first major order for the 737 MAX since it was grounded for almost two years after fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.