Malaysia Airlines has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with Boeing for 16 airplanes.
The MOU converts eight of Malaysia Airlines'
existing order for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into eight 787-9
Dreamliners, and includes eight additional
purchase rights for 737 MAX 8s.
The agreement also includes Boeing's Global
Fleet Care service.
"Malaysia Airlines is proud to sign this MOU for
the widebody Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and additional 737 MAXs,
building on our more than 40 years of partnership with Boeing,"
Peter Bellew, managing director and chief executive officer
of 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 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 program 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."
Malaysia Airlines currently operates more than
50 Next-Generation 737s and has an additional 25 737 MAXs on
order, including 10 for the new 737 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 787 and the 737 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."
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