The Boeing 737-800 was due to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport – Malaysia's main international gateway – on August 8.

Malaysia Airlines has taken delivery of the 75th Boeing 737 it has ordered directly from the manufacturer, during a celebratory event held on August 7 at Boeing Field.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, was scheduled to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport – Malaysia’s main international gateway – on August 8.

Malaysia Airlines took delivery on August 7, 2012 of its 75th Boeing 737 ordered directly from the manufacturer. The aircraft is the 10th of 45 737-800s ordered by Malaysia Airlines directly from Boeing

“The 737 has been an amazing airplane for our airline,” said Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines. “When we took off on our own as Malaysia’s national airline on 1 October 1972, our inaugural jet flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore was operated using the 737.”

Added Yahya: “Since then this aircraft has been a very reliable workhorse for both our domestic and regional operations. We continue to be impressed by the 737’s consistent reliability, unmatched economics and innovation in passenger comfort.”

The aircraft is fitted with the Boeing Sky Interior, which features larger, pivoting overhead-stowage bins, larger window reveals and LED lighting to enhance the sense of spaciousness in the cabin. Malaysia Airlines was the Asia launch customer for the Boeing Sky Interior in October 2010.

Malaysia Airlines initially ordered six Boeing 737-200s to start operations on October 1, 1972. The first of six aircraft arrived in Malaysia on July 23, 1972.

Malaysia Airlines’ first Next-Generation 737 with the airline's new livery and fitted with the Boeing Sky Interior makes an approach at King County International Airport in Seattle during the aircraft’s first flight

By 1987, a total of 13 737-200s were in the airline’s fleet. Subsequently, the airline introduced a total of 52 737-300s, 737-400s and 737-500s into its network between 1992 and 1995.

On March 31, 2008, Malaysia Airlines ordered 35 Boeing 737-800s and optioned 10 more. The first 737-800 arrived in Kuala Lumpur in November 2010, and on June 21, 2011 the airline exercised its option to order the remaining 10 737-800s.

To date, Malaysia Airlines has taken delivery of 10 of the 45 737-800s it is acquring through direct purchase from Boeing. The latest delivery in August 2012 is the 75th 737 delivered to Malaysia Airlines over the past 40 years.

The Boeing 737NG family has won orders for more than 6,600 aircraft and has a backlog exceeding 2,600 aircraft. Malaysia Airlines has an additional 35 737s on order.

With more than 5,550 jets in service, the Boeing 737 family represents more than a quarter of the total worldwide fleet of large commercial jets flying today. More than 358 airlines in 114 countries fly 737s.