MAB to Announce Boeing 737 MAX Order This Week

25th Jul 2016

According to reports, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) will announce an order for new Boeing 737 jets this week and it could do so as early as Wednesday.

At the moment, MAB officials have refused to comment on this report, but Peter Bellew, Chief Executive Officer of the airline did say that they are in talks with the three major aircraft manufacturers – Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier.

Mr Bellew only said:

News should be confirmed next week. We are looking at new and second-hand lease or buying the aircraft.

In addition, Malaysia Airlines has also announced a press conference for Wednesday, when it could be making the big announcement.

The reports claim that the Malaysian flag carrier will place an order of up to 50 Boeing 737 MAX planes. MAB also has in its fleet, 56 Boeing 737s, which it could replace after 2020 for jets that will allow the airline to better serve Asian routes out of Malaysia.

Malaysia Airlines Replaced Business Class Seats on A330 Flights to Australia

Also, from mid-September Malaysia Airlines will replace the old “sloping sleepers” on its Airbus A330 flights to Australia with the new, fully-flat Business Class seats, offering its passenger a new level of comfort as they fly with MAB.

In addition, a spokesman for the Malaysian national airline confirmed that Adelaide residents will be the next to enjoy the new Business Class product from 21st August this year.

Flights between Perth and Kuala Lumpur will be the next to get an upgrade from 10th September, this year, as Malaysia Airlines refurbishes the next Airbus A330 aircraft. MAB is set to complete refitting its A330 fleet by the beginning of next year.

From September this year to January next one, Malaysia Airlines will likely use its non-revamped Airbus A330s on non-Australian destinations in its network. It will basically only fly one of these to Australia if it has no other choice.

Malaysia Airlines serves all of its flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, with Airbus A330s. It also flies to Darwin from Kuala Lumpur and from Kota Kinabalu to Perth on Boeing 737s.

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