Boeing announced at the Paris Airshow on June 21 that Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysia Airlines had exercised an option to purchase 10 additional 737-800s.
The order was previously posted on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries Web site, attributed to an unidentified customer. The manufacturer values the order at more than $800 million at current list prices and notes that Malaysia Airlines still has purchase rights for an additional 10 Next-Generation 737-800s remaining from its initial 2008 contract.
Boeing and Malaysia Airlines conducted a signing ceremony at the Paris Airshow. Signing the order contract for the respective parties were Marlin Dailey, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ vice president of sales & marketing, and Malaysia Airlines Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz. His Excellency Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal, the Malaysian Ambassador to France, was also at the show for the signing ceremony.
Malaysia Airlines’ 737s are the first in Asia to sport the new Boeing Sky Interior and are fitted with Blended Winglets, which improve fuel efficiency by up to 4 per cent, increase flying range, and reduce CO2 emissions and takeoff noise.
“The option we exercised today marks another step in Malaysia Airlines’ mission to strengthen and build upon the airline’s award-winning service and passenger value, efforts that support the company’s business transformation strategy to profitable operation,” says Tengku Azmil. “Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, with its economic advantages, including unmatched fuel efficiency, is the right airplane to support our business and our customers.”
According to manufacturer, the Boeing 737-800 can seat up to 189 passengers and is 771 kilograms (1,700 pounds) lighter and can fly 583 kilometers (315 nautical miles) farther while carrying 12 more passengers than the competing Airbus A320.
Malaysia Airlines, with a 64-year history as the national carrier of Malaysia, operates a mixed fleet of short- and long-haul airplanes, including 747 passenger and freighter, 777, 737-800s and Classic 737 aircraft. The airline flies nearly 45,000 passengers daily to more than 100 destinations worldwide.