AviationThe refreshed fleet features slimmer seats, wireless entertainment and more in-seat charging ports.

Malaysia Airlines unveils sleeker Boeing 737-800 cabin

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The refresh will be carried out across the airline’s 38 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The refresh will be carried out across the airline’s 38 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Photo Credit: Malaysia Airlines

The 38 Boeing 737-800 aircraft under Malaysia Airlines are set to undergo an extensive refresh, with the first to take to the skies by the end of July 2022.

According to Lau Yin May, group chief marketing and customer experience officer of Malaysia Airlines, the refurbishment began in 2021 after taking customers’ feedback into consideration.

“This demonstrates Malaysia Airlines' commitment to adapt to changing consumer needs and in improving overall customer experience in the post pandemic era,” said Lau.

The interiors have been completely overhauled from the seats to the in-flight entertainment. The new seats are less bulky than the older ones and ergonomically built with lightweight leather. Seats will also come with personal device holders and various power outlets for passengers to charge personal devices.

MHstudio, a new generation of wireless in-flight entertainment, will be affixed to the seats, giving passengers more flexibility in streaming content and controlling their preferred TV programmes, movies, podcasts, music and reading materials.

Additionally, passengers can purchase duty-free goods with the MHstudio entertainment device, or even order in-flight snacks from the digital catalogue and have them delivered directly to their seats.

The lighter materials used for the wireless in-flight entertainment, slimmer seats and cabin dividers have been designed with sustainability in mind, in which the aircraft fuel burn per passengers will improve by 8%, resulting in a lower carbon footprint on the planet.

“It is becoming increasingly important that we do everything with sustainability in mind. The all-new features of our refreshed B737-800 NG fleet will reduce our carbon footprint from the reduction of the weight of each aircraft - with the much lighter seats, use of soft cabin dividers and moving away from seatback screens to offer innovative in-flight entertainment features allowing for wireless streaming on board at their convenience,” Lau explained.

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