Malaysia Airlines has finalised its $630m order for CFM International’s LEAP-1B engines, which will be used to power its firm order for 25 737 MAX aircraft.
The order for the Boeing narrowbodies was announced in July and deliveries are expected to begin in 2019.
Malaysia Airlines also holds 25 additional purchase rights for the aircraft.
The airline, a long-time CFM56 operator, currently operates a fleet of 54 CFM56-7B-powered 737-800 aircraft.
“We have been very happy with the CFM56-7B engines we operate and believe the new LEAP engine will bring even better operating economics in terms of fuel efficiency with the same reliability we have come to expect from CFM," said Peter Bellew, group managing director and CEO of Malaysia Airlines at a signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (September 22).