Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), the parent company of national carrier Malaysia Airlines, recently took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 aircraft as part of the Group’s fleet modernisation strategy to enhance customer experience, operational efficiency, and meet future network growth requirements.
The aircraft, bearing registration number 9M-MVA, departed from Boeing’s Seattle Delivery Centre on 13 November 2023 at 10:20am local time to Honolulu and Guam before continuing its journey home to Malaysia. Flight MH5041, which was flown by Captain Mohd. Ezaddin Roslan, Captain Izahariman Ibrahim and Captain Arian Syazwara Adenan, landed in KL International Airport at 10:30am with a total flight time of 21 hours and 45 minutes.
Proudly adorned in its Malaysia flag livery and new songket motif wau logo, the aircraft was greeted with a water salute upon arrival. The aircraft is scheduled to take its maiden commercial flight on 20 November 2023 from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu.
The 737-8 will feature state-of-the-art wireless in-flight entertainment, showcasing a wide variety of content that is set to elevate the in-flight entertainment paradigm providing passengers with ample choices. Similar to its refreshed B737-800 NG aircraft, the 737-8 will offer seating configurations comprising 12 seats in Business Class and 162 seats in Economy Class.
MAG has an orderbook of 25 737-8 aircraft through its operating lease with Air Lease Corporation (ALC), which will be delivered progressively through to 2026.