Malaysia Airlines has unveiled its first B737-800 NG aircraft, which features upgraded economy and business class seating.
“Genuine lightweight leather” covers the seats in both classes, and the colour scheme is “distinct to Malaysia Airlines’ identity,” according to the airline’s description.
There are 12 seats in business class, which are arranged 2-2 and have a seat pitch of 39 inches. A personal device holder, AC power outlet, USB port, bottle holder, coat hook, and six-way adjustable headrest are all included.
Meanwhile, the economy class passengers will also have access to an AC power outlet and USB connector and the ability to store their belongings in the literature pocket.
Customers can use their own devices to connect to the carrier’s latest MHStudio in-flight entertainment system, which will soon include the opportunity to purchase duty-free goods and onboard refreshments through the carrier’s online store.
Malaysia Airlines said the new seats were a result of “feedback and suggestions received through customer surveys and various focus group sessions in 2020,” which demonstrated the carrier’s “commitment to adapt to changing consumer needs and improve overall customer experience in the post-pandemic era.”
A total of 38 of the airline’s B737s, which fly domestic and regional routes, will be redesigned with the new cabins.
Malaysia Airlines chief marketing and customer experience officer Lau Yin May, said: “We are thrilled to roll out the newly refreshed B737-800 NG, which will deliver future travel experiences through innovative features from seats to highly customisable inflight entertainment while staying true to our roots by incorporating Malaysian elements in the overall interior cabin design.”
“It’s critical that we do everything with a focus on long-term sustainability. “The all-new features of our refurbished B737-800 NG fleet will lower our carbon footprint – with the considerably lighter seats, use of soft cabin dividers, and moving away from seatback screens to offer novel in-flight entertainment capabilities enabling wireless streaming on board at their leisure.”