Boeing and Malaysia Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 16 airplanes during a ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington DC.
The signing was witnessed by Dato’ Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed, Malaysian minister of international trade and industry, and the Honorable Dato’ Sri Muhammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, prime minister of Malaysia.
The announcement includes eight 787-9 Dreamliners by converting eight of Malaysia Airlines’ existing order of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and eight additional purchase rights of the 737 MAX 8s.
Peter Bellew, managing director and chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines, said: “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.
“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.”
Kevin McAllister, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, added: “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.
“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.”