National carrier Malaysian Airlines or MAS has announced that they will be buying an additional 10 units of the 737-800 Boeings which is an option in their original agreement signed in 2008 to buy additional planes. At the current market prices, the order will cost more than USD800 million and the purchase was announced by MAS and the plane manufacturer.
It will be the first Asian airline to receive the new model which comes with the ‘Boeing Sky Interior’ that comes with Blended Winglets. The new models is designed to be more fuel economical where it saves p to 4% of fuel while carbon dioxide emissions are reduced with minimal noise during takeoff. MAS made the announcement at the Paris Air Show together with Marlin Dailey, the Vice-President of Sales of Boeign Commercial Airplane. Representing MAS is Tengku Datuk Seri Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz, the CEO and Managing Director of the carrier. Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal, the Malaysian Ambassador to France was also present at the event.
This will surely provide more options for MAS to take on other competitors in the region what more with the market share being controlled by budget carrier Air Asia, MAS needs to improve and to be more cost effective in order to compete.