Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) today confirmed that its first Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft would arrive at its Kuala Lumpur headquarters next month, in August 2023.

The 25 new Max aircraft, as well as 20 Airbus A330 neo aircraft from 2024, are part of the Malaysia Aviation Group’s (MAG) fleet modernisation plan.

The livery of the new 737 Max 8 has undergone a significant transformation, “representing Malaysia Airlines’ vision and aspirations as the national carrier”.

The iconic ‘wau’ logo, symbolising Malaysian pride, has been artfully repositioned “to reflect the airline’s determination to move forward with optimism and energy”.

“Adorned with an exquisite songket motif in elegant gold hues, the logo pays tribute to Malaysia’s vibrant cultural heritage, underscoring the airline’s unwavering commitment to proudly represent the nation and its progressive spirit,” Malaysia Airlines said.

Similar to its refreshed 737-800 regional fleet, the new Max 8s will also feature the airline’s wireless In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system, MHstudio, providing customers access to over 500 on-demand entertainment options, as well as personalised shopping experiences.

Airline chief executive, Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, commented: “We are thrilled to present our passengers with a truly immersive and memorable journey that showcases our national pride and commitment to delivering exceptional travel experiences. The introduction of our new 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.

Every aspect of the cabin design has been carefully crafted to enhance passenger comfort. The seat upholstery features a debossed songket motif, showcasing the intricate patterns and vibrant colours of traditional Malaysian textiles. This artistic detail not only adds aesthetic appeal but also pays homage to Malaysia’s rich culture, allowing passengers to immerse themselves in the nation’s heritage from the moment they step on board,” said the Malaysia Airlines CEO.

The airline will gradually increase its 737 Max 8 fleet to 25 aircraft by 2026.

The Max aircraft, just like its current 737-800 fleet, will focus on regional flying, including on some longer sectors, such as Kuala Lumpur-Kathmandu, Colombo, Hong Kong.

Group-wide MAG currently operates a fleet of around 100 aircraft, including at subsidiaries Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, MASwings and MASkargo.