Malaysia Airlines Prepares To Welcome Its 1st Boeing 737 MAX

Next month will be an exciting one for Malaysia Airlines as the airline announced the expected arrival of a brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8, featuring a wide range of exciting improvements as part of its fleet modernization plan. The first of 25 Boeing 737 MAXs will be the airline’s first new aircraft type in more than five years and will feature a striking livery to strongly incorporate Malaysia’s heritage.

A new Boeing 737 MAX is coming in August

Earlier this month, the new narrow body was spotted at Boeing’s Renton painting facility, and today, Malaysia Airlines confirmed that the aircraft is scheduled for delivery next month after completing a test flight at Seattle Boeing Field. Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, Chief Executive Officer of Airlines from Malaysia Aviation Group, said:

“We are delighted to present our passengers with a truly immersive and memorable journey that delivers an exceptional travel experience. The introduction of our new Boeing 737-8 aircraft in August 2023 sets a new standard in air travel, combining the best of Malaysian culture, advanced technology and sustainable practices to create an unparalleled flying experience.”

As the new Boeing 737 MAX, registered 9M-MVA, will be the first in the flag carrier’s fleet in more than five years and signal another chapter of growth and renewal, Malaysia Airlines chose the livery change to deepen its representation of the airline’s vision and aspirations as a national carrier.

Paying homage to Malaysian culture

The prominently featured tail of the 9M-MVA is iconic ‘Wow the moon’ logo – a kite and the airline’s emblem symbolizes Malaysian pride, and it has been artistically repositioned to reflect Malaysia Airlines’ determination to move forward from its past tragedies and misfortunes with optimism and great energy.

The new logo is also adorned with a distinctive songket motif in elegant golden hues. And on the whole, the refreshed ‘Wow the moon’ logo pays great tribute to Malaysia’s colorful cultural heritage, underscoring the oneworld alliance member’s unwavering commitment to continue and proudly represent the country and its progressive spirit.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737 MAX |  9M-MVA

Photo: Malaysia Airlines

As for the aircraft cabin, it has also undergone impressive upgrades similar to those of Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 737-800NG fleet to carry the airline’s seat-back wireless inflight entertainment system – MHstudio which will allow passengers access to over 500 on-demand entertainment options and personalized shopping experiences.

Passengers flying on the Boeing 737 MAX will also be treated to a premium cabin environment with a bright and modern color scheme unique to the airline’s identity, as they notice the airline’s iconic Malaysian and batik motifs infused throughout the cabin. Azmi continued by highlighting:

“Every aspect of the cabin design has been carefully crafted to enhance passenger comfort, such as the seat upholstery featuring a debossed songket motif, which showcases the intricate patterns and vibrant colors of traditional Malaysian textiles. Whether passengers settle into their seats or move about the aircraft, they are surrounded by an ambiance, awe-inspiring beauty, and Malaysian charm.”


Photo: Malaysia Airlines

Bottom line

Although the delivery is scheduled for next month, Malaysia Airlines has not yet indicated where the first routes of the new narrow will be, and suspense will likely remain until the delivery is near or completed. Although, a good guess is any of the current Boeing 737-800 routes as the 737 MAX is the intended replacement.

And once the 9M-MVA has been officially introduced, the airline expects more to come in the coming years as it highlights how this sectional fleet will gradually grow to house at least 25 of the aircraft type by 2026, further enhancing the new and sustainable standard of air travel for its passengers.

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    Malaysia Airlines

    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Kuala Lumpur International Airport

    Year Established:
    May 1, 1947

    A world

    Izham Ismail


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