Boeing is celebrating the first 737 MAX delivery today as the type enters service with Batik Air Malaysia.
The first 737 MAX 8 aircraft to be delivered is 9M-LRC. It is actually part of an order for Malindo Air, which is the parent of Batik Malaysia.
Here’s a video showing the delivery:
“This airplane will change the face of the single-aisle market,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister. “The 737 MAX 8 is the best in its class, providing unmatched performance and economics for our airline customers.”
Malindo Air CEO Chandran Rama Muthy said, “The Boeing 737NG fleet has served Malindo well in its growth and we believe that the 737 MAX will become the centerpiece of our fleet. These new aircraft will allow us to go to further destinations and will play a key role in providing lower air fares to our customers.”
It had been thought that Norwegian would become the launch customer for the 737 MAX, introducing the type on transatlantic services. However, Malindo has pipped Norwegian at the post and will begin flying its new aircraft from Kuala Lumpur imminently.