: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is set to celebrate the arrival the carrier's 100th Boeing 737 here tomorrow.
The aircraft, a Next-Generation of Boeing 737-800, was delivered to MAS in Seattle on Friday.
MAS group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the 737 had and would continue to be an amazing aircraft the airline with its consistent reliability, unmatched economics and innovation in passenger comfort.
"We used a 737 for our very first flight in 1972 and we are excited to take delivery of our 100th airplane of its type," he said in a statement Saturday.
An artist's impression of a new Boeing 737-800 belonging to Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysia Airlines after Boeing and Malaysia Airlines announced on July 16, 2008 that the airline has ordered 35 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The order is valued at more than $US 2.6 billion at current list prices. The airline also has acquired purchase rights for an additional 20 Next-Generation 737-800s. - EPA/Boeing Graphics
MAS took delivery of its first 737, a 737-200, in 1972 and had operated the 737-200, 737-300, 737-400, 737-500 and 737-800 as well as 747-400s and 777-200ERs (Extended Range).
Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice-president of Asia Pacific and India sales Dinesh Keskar said Boeing was proud of the long running relationship with MAS and honoured to be a part of the special centennial delivery.
"The operating economics and capability of the 737 will continue to play an important role in Malaysia's leading airline," he said.
He said the Next-Generation 737's market success had been attested by investors who consistently ranked it as the most preferred single-aisle airplane due to its wide-market base, superior performance efficiency and lowest operating costs in its class.
More than 5,100 Next-Generation 737s have been delivered to customers worldwide to date.