Malaysia Airlines has been revealed as the customer for a previously unidentified order for 25 Boeing 737 MAX 8s. The deal is valued a $2.75bn at current list prices and also includes 25 purchase rights for MAX 8 and MAX 9 airframes.
“This deal is a game-changer for Malaysia Airlines with much lower costs and greater efficiency which we will pass on to our loyal customers with lower fares,” said Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew. “With the 737 MAX’s longer range capabilities we will be able to connect our passengers to more destinations, in greater comfort and with superior economics.”
The Kuala Lumpur-based carrier has operated almost every variant of the 737 family, taking delivery of its 100th example in December 2014. It currently operates 56 737-800s.
“Malaysia Airlines is now on a path to growth across the Asean region,” added Bellew. “This new aircraft order will set the stage for our continued recovery and success into the next decade.”