Malaysia Airlines takes delivery of first Boeing 737-8

Malaysia Airlines staff with Boeing 737-8 aircraft in hangar.
Photo Credit: Malaysia Airlines

Malaysian national carrier Malaysia Airlines has officially taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 narrowbody aircraft. After a flight of over 21 hours, the aircraft arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport earlier this week.

The occasion was marked by an official welcoming reception, which was attended by YB Loke Siew Fook, Minister of Transport Malaysia and other distinguished guests.

Reception guests were treated to the premiere of the new 737-8 ‘Timeless Hospitality’ film, along with a special performance by the Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band led by the airline’s pilot, Second Officer Tripert Singh.

First of 25 Boeing 737-8 aircraft

For the Malaysian carrier, this heralds the beginning of a new era with the launch of the new 737-8 aircraft.

The aircraft arrival is the first of 25 new Boeing 737-8 aircraft delivered to Malaysia Airlines Berhad from the lessor Air Lease Corporation.

Equipped with CFM LEAP 1B-27 engines, this new Boeing aircraft officially becomes the first 737-8 addition to Malaysia Airlines’ fleet.


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Group Chairman, Malaysia Airlines Group, Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin articulates the significance of the Boeing 737-8 beyond merely refreshing the aging aircraft. It stands as a meaningful bridge, connecting the airline’s history with a new era.

Aligned with the Long-Term Business Plan 2.0 goals, this aircraft is a testament to Malaysia Airlines’ vision of becoming Asia’s leading travel and aviation services group.

Photo Credit: Malaysia Airlines

In-Flight Entertainment

The Boeing 737-8 introduces state-of-the-art wireless in-flight entertainment, promising a paradigm shift for passengers.

Seating Configurations

Mirroring the configuration of its Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, the new 737-8 features 12 seats in Business Class and 162 seats in Economy Class.

In-flight Connectivity

As part of Malaysia Airlines’ broader connectivity strategy, the introduction of high-quality internet connectivity marks a groundbreaking move.

For the first time, MAG incorporates this feature into its narrowbody fleet, allowing passengers to stay connected throughout their journey.

Revolutionizing Ground Operations

AeroDarat, MAG’s ground handling arm, showcases its commitment to innovation with the adoption of cutting-edge ground operation technology.

The electrical towing of the 737-8, utilizing the Mototok Spacer 8600NG, represents a leap towards sustainability.

MAG becomes the first organization in Asia and the second globally to operate this specific electrical pushback model, showcasing a commitment to reducing emissions from the ground up.

Fleet Modernization

In tandem with its fleet modernization plans, MAG is currently refurbishing 39 of its 47 B737-800 NG aircraft, set to conclude in early 2024.

Additionally, the recent acquisition of an A350-900 aircraft and the upcoming delivery of 20 Airbus 330neo aircraft in September 2024 underscore MAG’s dedication to enhancing its fleet.

With subsidiaries like Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, MASwings, and MASkargo, MAG’s total fleet size reaches an impressive 102 aircraft.

About Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines is the national carrier of Malaysia, offering the best way to fly to, from and around Malaysia.

The airline carries up to 40,000 guests daily on memorable journeys inspired by Malaysia’s diverse richness.

Malaysia Airlines embodies the incredible diversity of Malaysia, capturing its rich traditions, cultures and cuisines via its inimitable Malaysian Hospitality across all customer touch points.

Since September 2015, the airline has been owned and operated by Malaysia Airlines Berhad. It is part of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), a global aviation organisation that comprises of different aviation business portfolios aimed at serving Malaysian air travel needs.

Via an alliance with oneworld®, Malaysia Airlines offers superior connectivity with seamless journeys to 1,000 destinations across 150 plus countries, and access to over 650 airport lounges worldwide.

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