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Malaysia Airlines confirms Order for 35 Next-Generation Boeing 737s

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Thursday, 17 July 2008

Malaysia Airlines has ordered 35 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 airplanes. The order is valued at more than $2.6 billion at current list prices. The airline also has acquired purchase rights for an additional 20 Next-Generation 737-800s.

The order, which brought the total number of Boeing 737s ordered past the 8,000th mark, was recently posted on the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Orders and Deliveries Web site attributed to an unidentified customer.

The 737s will be fitted with Blended Winglets, which improve fuel efficiency by up to 4%, increase range, and reduce CO2 emissions and takeoff noise.

"This new fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s will replace our existing 737-400 fleet, allowing Malaysia Airlines to expand to points which were not previously economically viable and will create a strong platform for the airline to profitably grow," said Malaysia Airlines Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Tengku Azmil Zahruddin. "This supports our aim towards usage of more agile and fuel-efficient aircraft for our core network in the ASEAN region, including the domestic sector in Malaysia and the fast growing economies of China and India."

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