Malaysia Airlines has selected the Boeing 737 MAX to replace some of the older Boeing 737-800s.
No backlog growth
Malaysia Airlines ordered a total of 25 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with a market value of approximately $1.3B. The airline also has options for 25 more aircraft, a mix of MAX 8s and MAX 9s. Deliveries will commense in 2019.
The order does not add to Boeing’s backlog as the order was previously listed as unidentified. The order announcement is nothing more than a reclassification.
Malaysia Airlines Fleet
With the order the Asian airline has chosen to operate Boeing narrow body aircraft in the years to come. Over the past few years Malaysia Airlines phased out all its Boeing widebody aircraft and kept an all-Airbus widebody fleet. So the order for Boeing narrowbody aircraft is a positive sign for Boeing.
The jet maker has already delivered 56 Boeing 737-800s to the Malaysian carrier and is likely to fill demand for renewal as well as growth.