Malaysia Airlines Berhad made an agreement with Boeing to purchase eight Boeing 787-9 widebody and eight Boeing 737 airplanes. Beginning in 2018, Boeing is expected to deliver 20 aircraft per year to the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline until their order is filled. The extraordinary range of the 787-9 gives an ability to operate to any point in Europe and some U.S. 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", he said in the Boeing statement, referring MRO to maintenance, fix and operations.
Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the aircraft "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". We have committed to 25 planes of the 737 MAX 10, plus eight 787 Dreamliners, and a very strong probability-not possibility-that we will add 24-25 more 737 MAX 10 in the near future. The 737 MAX family has been created to offer customers exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that will open up new destinations in the single-aisle market. - Reuters picWASHINGTON, Sept 13 ―The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Khazanah Nasional Bhd plan to expand their investments in the United States and purchase more Boeing jets to help strengthen the country's economy, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today. Tailored to the individual airline, Boeing Global Fleet Care is a high-value, low-risk and efficient fleet maintenance operations solution that gives customers a competitive advantage in the marketplace.