The purchase announcement was timed with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s meeting U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House.
On Wednesday Boeing stated it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Malaysia Airlines to sell eight widebody 787 Dreamliners as well as eight narrowbody 737 MAX.
Incidentally, the eight 787 were converted from a prior 737 MAX order, clarified Boeing.
On Tuesday, when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called on U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, this purchase deal was formalized. Razak also mentioned that the country’s flagship carrier is likely to buy another 25 737s in the near future.
Boeing declined to comment on Najib’s numbers.
In 2016, Malaysia Airlines had signed a deal to buy up to 50 737 MAX aircraft, which included 25 firm orders and 25 purchase rights.
According to Peter Bellew, Malaysia Airlines’ CEO, the range of 787-9s would allow the carrier to operate to any point in Europe along with some destinations in the United States.
The airlines currently operates an all Airbus SE widebody fleet.
According to two sources, Malaysia Airlines had considered buying Airbus A330neos before settling on the 787.
Sources preferred the cover of anonymity since the discussions were private.