Malaysia Airlines has selected Boeing's Global Fleet Care service to maintain its current and future fleets of Boeing aircraft.
The agreement forms part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the Malaysian national carrier in Washington D.C., which also confirms Malaysia Airlines' intent to order eight Boeing 787-9s and add purchase rights for eight more Boeing 737 MAX 8s to its existing order for 17 737 MAX 10s and 737 MAX 8s.
In firming the MOU into a purchase contract, Malaysia Airlines will order the eight 787-9s by re-specifying eight aircraft from its existing 737 MAX order for 25 aircraft to be 787s instead.
However, Malaysia Airlines will restore the 737 MAX order to 25 aircraft with the purchase rights specified in the MOU for eight more 737 MAX 8s.
The Sept. 12 signing was witnessed by Mustapa bin Mohamed, Malaysia's Minister of International Trade and Industry and in the presence of Muhammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, as well as executives from the airline and from Boeing.
“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,” says Peter Bellew, managing director and chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines.
Malaysia Airlines operates more than 50 Boeing 737 NGs and with the eight purchase rights specified in the new MOU will have 25 737 MAXs on order, including 10 737 MAX 10s.
Boeing's Global Fleet Care service offers engineering, materials and maintenance programs for operators of Boeing commercial aircraft.
According to Boeing Commercial Aircraft, its Global Fleet Care services use decades of fleet data management, as well as advanced technologies and proprietary analytics and processes.
Boeing tailors each Boeing Global Fleet Care program to each individual airline's needs and circumstances.