Posted on: 13 September 2017
Malaysia Airlines has agreed to buy 16 aircraft from Boeing in a deal that converts eight of the carrier’s existing orders for 737 MAX 8s to 787-9 Dreamliners, while adding eight new MAX 8s to the overall purchase.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the 16 aircraft was signed during a ceremony in Washington, witnessed by Dato’ Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed, Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry, and in the presence of The Honourable Dato’ Sri Muhammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia’s Prime Minister.
The announcement includes eight wide-body Dreamliners via the conversion of eight of the airline’s existing order of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and the eight additional purchase rights of MAX 8s. It also includes Boeing’s Global Fleet Care service to maintain the carrier’s current and future Boeing aircraft.
Peter Bellew, managing director and chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines, said: “New wide-body aircraft are a key to making Malaysia Airlines a premium airline offering a five-star product again. The extraordinary range of the 787-9 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 737 MAX, 787 and 737NG based on Malaysia’s existing facilities in Kuala Lumpur.”
The Malaysian national carrier currently operates more than 50 737NGs and has an additional 25 737 MAXs on order, including 10 for the new MAX 10.