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MALAYSIA AIRLINES PLACES LARGE ORDER FOR BOEING 737s

 MALAYSIA AIRLINES PLACES LARGE ORDER FOR BOEING 737s
 SEATTLE, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Malaysia Airlines today placed an order valued at more than $600 million for 17 Boeing 737-400 jetliners, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group has confirmed.
 The announcement of 12 new orders and firming of five options raises to 45 the number of Boeing 737-400s the flag carrier has ordered, making Malaysia Airlines Boeing's largest airline customer for the 737-400. The airline also has six 737-500s and one 737-300 on order.
 Malaysia Airlines currently operates 34 leased 737s (23 -400s and 11 -200s). "The 737s we are ordering today will enable us to gradually replace our leased 737s and expand domestic and regional service," said Managing Director, Malaysia Airlines, Dato' Kamaruddin Ahmad.
 Malaysia's 737-400s will be powered by CFM56-3 engines and will be configured to carry 146 passengers, 12 in first class and 134 in economy.
 Boeing Commercial Airplane Group Sales Vice President Ron King, at today's signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, commended the airline for the outstanding dispatch performance of its 737-400s since the aircraft entered commercial service for Malaysia Airlines in March 1990.
 "Malaysia Airlines' 99.6-percent on-time dispatch reliability rate for the Boeing 737-400 is world class and testifies to the airline's highly professional engineering and maintenance staff," he said.
 The three models of the new-generation 737 family offer capacities ranging from 108 to 168 seats, giving airlines flexibility to match the aircraft to traffic requirements. The twinjets are known for their quiet, fuel efficient engines and ability to operate on short runways. In addition, all three 737 models feature improved anti- corrosion materials, advanced digital avionics technology (including wind-shear detection and avoidance) and improved aerodynamics. Attractive interior panels, contoured to make optimum use of the fuselage cross section, afford additional space and comfort for window-seat passengers.
 Malaysia Airlines, which also operates seven Boeing 747 jumbos (with nine more on order), flies to 35 destinations domestically and 49 cities worldwide.
 To date, 155 customers have ordered 2,979 of all variants of the 737, of which 379 are the -400 model.
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 /CONTACT: David Jensen, 206-237-8051, or John Dern, 206-237-3657, both of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group/
 (BA) CO: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group; Malaysia Airlines ST: Washington IN: AIR SU: CON


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