PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), the parent company of national carrier Malaysia Airlines, today took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 aircraft (pic) as part of its fleet modernisation strategy to enhance customer experience, operational efficiency, and meet future network growth requirements.

The aircraft, bearing registration number 9M-MVA, departed from Boeing’s Seattle Delivery Centre on Monday morning local time to Honolulu and Guam before continuing its journey to Malaysia. Flight MH5041, which was flown by Captain Mohd Ezaddin Roslan, Captain Izahariman Ibrahim and Captain Arian Syazwara Adenan, landed in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang at 10:30am after a total flight time of 21 hours and 45 minutes.

Adorned in its Malaysian flag livery and new songket motif wau logo, the aircraft was greeted with a water salute upon arrival. The aircraft is scheduled to make its maiden commercial flight on Monday from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu.

The 737-8 will feature state-of-the-art wireless inflight entertainment, showcasing a wide variety of content. Similar to its refreshed B737-800 NG aircraft, the 737-8 will offer seating configurations comprising 12 seats in Business Class and 162 seats in Economy Class.

MAG has an order book of 25 737-8 aircraft through its operating lease with Air Lease Corporation, which will be delivered progressively through to 2026.