Sneak Peek: Malaysia Airlines’ Revamped Boeing 737-800s

Passengers will find much lighter seats and a brand-new wireless inflight entertainment system.

All photos courtesy of Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia’s national carrier has unveiled its new-look Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft with an upgraded cabin that will take to the skies at the end of this month. The sleeker interiors will be progressively rolled out to more domestic and regional destinations as more of the 38 refurbished aircraft are completed. This design features a bright color scheme and a prominent batik motif displayed throughout the cabins, from the upholstery to the curtains.

Meanwhile, the new seats by French manufacturer Safran are ergonomically built with lightweight upholstered leather. Passengers can look forward to greater comfort and enhanced functionality as every seat comes with personal device holders and power outlets. The refreshed cabin has 12 seats in business class and 162 in economy, with a 2-2 and 3-3 configuration, respectively.

These refreshed Boeing 737-800 NGs will also debut a new wireless inflight entertainment system called MHstudio, giving customers complete control to stream content from their preferred TV programs, movies, podcasts, music, and reading materials to their personal devices. Passengers are encouraged bring their own earphones and charging cables for the best experience. Onboard duty-free shopping is set to make a return with MHstudio; hungry fliers can order treats from the MHskysnacks catalogue and have them delivered straight to their seat. These services will be made available on selected flights in the fourth quarter of this year.

Thanks to the new design that employs soft cabin dividers and leaner seats without personal screens, Malaysia Airlines says it will achieve a lower carbon footprint and decrease fuel burn per passenger aboard the 737-800 NGs by eight percent.

Business-class seats aboard the refitted 737-800s have no PTVs.

Instead, passengers will use MHstudio to stream content onto their personal devices.

In economy class, seats are arranged in threes on either side of the aisle.

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