KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Boeing for 16 airplanes. The MoU converts eight of Malaysia Airlines' existing order for Boeing B737 MAX aircraft into eight B787-9 Dreamliners, and includes eight additional purchase rights for B737 MAX 8s.
The agreement also includes Boeing's Global Fleet Care service.
"Malaysia Airlines is proud to sign this MoU for the widebody Boeing B787-9 Dreamliners and additional B737 MAXs, building on our more than 40 years of partnership with Boeing," said Peter Bellew, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Airlines.
"New widebody aircraft are a key to making Malaysia Airlines a premium airline offering a five-star product again. The extraordinary range of the B787-9 gives an ability to operate to any point in Europe and some USA destinations in the future from Kuala Lumpur. The MoU with Boeing on their Global Fleet Care programme will allow the two companies to build a world class MRO for the B737 MAX, B787 and B737NG based on Malaysia's existing facilities in Kuala Lumpur."
Malaysia Airlines currently operates more than 50 Next-Generation B737s and has an additional 25 B737 MAXs on order, including 10 for the new B737 MAX 10.
"Boeing offers the very best widebody and single aisle airplanes in the world and we are delighted Malaysia Airlines continues to put its trust and confidence in Boeing with this MoU for 16 Boeing airplanes," said Kevin McAllister, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"The B787 and the B737 MAX will provide Malaysia Airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency, economics and a superior passenger experience as they continue to grow their business across Southeast Asia and beyond."