Malaysia Airlines selects Viasat for in-flight experience on MAX fleet

A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 737 enters the runway.
Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Viasat, a global communication company announced that Malaysia Airlines has selected them to retrofit its new MAX fleet. 

The retrofit will be done on the domains of Viasat’s leading product, its leading wireless In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system. 

This will boost the airline’s connectivity, which is a part of Malaysia Airlines’ broader strategy in entertainment and technology. 

Hence, the Malaysian flag carrier will officially introduce high-quality internet connectivity on its regional 737 aircraft.  

The Agreement

The two companies inked an agreement containing that Viasat’s products will be fitted on Malaysian Airlines’ aircraft in the factory, with the first expected to be handed over later this month. 

The new agreement between Viasat and Malaysia Airlines will enhance the airline’s entertainment domain. 

Malaysia’s IFE system, MH Studio provides guests with access to over 500 on-demand entertainment options and a personalised shopping experience at the touch of their fingertips. 


 Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, Chief Executive Officer of Airlines from Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), said, “We are committed to continuously seeking ways to elevate our customer experience, providing personalized offerings and delivering exceptional onboard experiences with Malaysian hospitality.”

“By empowering passengers with the flexibility to enjoy on-demand entertainment through the new In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system throughout their journey, this initiative represents just one facet of our ongoing commitment to innovation and continuous improvement.”

Don Buchman, VP and GM, of Commercial Aviation at Viasat said: “We greatly admire Malaysia Airlines’ award-winning customer experience approach and have enjoyed working closely with the team to create a tailored connectivity solution for its new Boeing 737-8 aircraft and anticipated routes.”

The VP added: “The initial deliveries of these new aircraft equipped with the Viasat system is an exciting milestone for our partnership with Malaysia Airlines, and, more broadly, for in-flight connectivity in the Asia Pacific region.”

Increased Competitiveness 

Once installed, Malaysia Airlines will certainly increase its competitiveness in the crowded South East Asian market, 

With high-speed internet connectivity, this will certainly please its guests on board.

Flights with Malaysia Airlines within Malaysia and South East Asia for the new 737-8 MAX fleet will never be the same, as the airline will leverage Viasat’s leading Ka-band satellite network in the region. 

About Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines is the national flag carrier of Malaysia. Its undergone major restructuring and with the current ownership since September 2015, has been operating under the Malaysian Aviation Group (MAG). 

About Viasat

Viasat is a global communication company that embraces the notion the world could connect seamlessly through its technology. The company has been around for more than 35 years and helped to connect consumers flying globally. 

The airline is becoming a regional player by modernizing and enhancing its fleet, which will inevitably increase customer satisfaction and competitiveness.

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