MAS receives 75th B737
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has taken delivery of its 75th Boeing 737 aircraft.
The new B737-800 was handed over to the airline during a ceremony at Boeing’s factory in the US, and is scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (8 August 2012).
“The 737 has been an amazing airplane for our airline,” said MAS’ CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya. “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. 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 new aircraft comes with the B787 Dreamliner-inspired Boeing Sky Interior, which features larger overhead storage bins and LED lighting. MAS was the Asia launch customer for the Boeing Sky Interior in October 2010.
Since the airline received its first B737 in 1972, it has operated the 737-200, 737-300, 737-400, 737-500 and 737-800 versions. The airline has a further 35 B737s on order.