A Boeing 737 Max ordered by Ryanair has been photographed with a name change.

The photos, posted on social media site Woodys Aeroimages, show a new 737 in Ryanair livery with the designation 737-8200 instead of Max.

The image was taken at Boeing’s manufacturing base at Renton in Washington state.

Previous photos from the same source, new Ryanair 737 Max 200 aircraft are shown with 737 Max on their noses, according to national media reports.

Tweets by Woodys Aeroimages claimed the pictures showed the original model name had been dropped.

Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary said the airline does not intend to market its 737 Max 8s differently and he has not had any discussions with Boeing about how the Max is named.

The new-generation Max aircraft remains grounded worldwide following two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia which killed 346 people.

Boeing continues to work on a software fix required to allow the aircraft to resume operations, with the latest speculation suggesting the aircraft could remain out of action until January.

Ryanair has 135 larger version 737 Max aircraft on order, each with 197 seats. The first five are due to be delivered in the autumn after an original spring delivery date was put back after the grounding of the aircraft in March.

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