Boeing and Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysia Airlines (MAS) have announced the airline has exercised an option to purchase 10 additional Next-Generation 737-800s. The order is valued at more than US$800 million at current list prices. The airline still has purchase rights for an additional 10 Next-Generation 737-800s remaining from their initial 2008 contract.
The announcement was made at the Paris Air Show by Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Marlin Dailey, and MAS Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz.
“Today we celebrate Malaysia Airlines as key member of the Next-Generation 737 family of operators and we welcome this occasion to strengthen our long-term relationship with a valued partner,” Dailey said.
“The selection of the Next-Generation 737 to support the airline’s strategic fleet modernization plan reinforces the superior economics of the most fuel efficient single-aisle airplane operating in today’s market.”
Malaysia’s 737s are the first in Asia to sport the new Boeing Sky Interior and are fitted with Blended Winglets. The 189-seat aircraft will display the new MAS livery.
“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,” said 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.”