Strong Legacy of Partnership with Malaysia

Boeing’s relationship with Malaysia dates back to 1947 when the then-named Malayan Airways Limited acquired its first DC-3. Today, Boeing has a corporate office in Kuala Lumpur and Commercial Airplanes Field Services offices at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

    Boeing Commercial Airplanes

    In 1968, Boeing delivered three 707 jetliners to the national carrier Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (formerly Malayan Airways Limited). In 1969, Malaysia Airlines became the first 737-100 Southeast Asian customer when it purchased five of these aircraft to replace the Comet 4.

    Malaysia Airlines was also one of Boeing’s first 777 customers in Southeast Asia. The airline’s first 777 — the Super Ranger — set world records for speed and distance in April 1997, flying around the world in 41 hours, 59 minutes, covering more than 23,000 miles (37,030 kilometers).

    Over the years, Malaysia Airlines Bhd. has taken delivery of more than 140 Boeing airplanes, including 100 737s. In July 2016, it announced an order for up to 50 737 MAX airplanes.

    In September 2017, the airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 16 airplanes. The announcement included eight 787-9 Dreamliners and eight additional purchase rights of 737 MAX 8s.

    In September 2017, Malaysia Airlines announced that Boeing's Global Fleet Care service will maintain the national carrier's current and future Boeing airplanes.

    Malindo Air, a joint venture between the National Aerospace and Defence Industries of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia, operates Next-Generation 737-800s and 737-900ERs (Extended Range) as well as the 737 MAX 8. Malindo took delivery of the first 737 MAX 8 in May 2017 and conducted the very first commercial flight with a 737 MAX 8 on May 22, 2017, with a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.

      Boeing Defense Capabilities in Malaysia

      In 1993, Malaysia ordered eight F/A-18D Hornets from Boeing to strengthen the airpower capability of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). As part of Boeing’s industrial participation commitment stemming from the F/A-18D purchase, Boeing completed a planned 10-year, $271 million offset program within seven years.

        Suppliers in Malaysia

        There are several suppliers in Malaysia supporting all Boeing Commercial Airplanes programs. They comprise composite panels, major structural assemblies, engine fan cowls, precision machine parts, landing gear and avionics systems.

        Aerospace Composites Malaysia Sdn Bhd

        Aerospace Composites Malaysia Sdn Bhd. (ACM), a world leader in supplying composite products and subassemblies to the global aerospace industry, is a strategic alliance between U.S. joint venture partners Hexcel and Boeing. Boeing has a 50 per cent stake in ACM.

        Established in 1998, the joint venture is based in Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah, Malaysia. The $32 million ACM plant was officially opened by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in September 2002.

        In 2005, ACM became the world’s sole producer of aileron composites for the Next-Generation 737 commercial jetliner. Before producing ailerons, ACM was the sole producer and distributor of the fixed trailing-edge composite and fixed leading-edge composite for the Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777 commercial airplane models.

        In 2008, Boeing selected ACM to provide the elevator and rudder machined honeycomb core for the 777.

        In November 2013, ACM celebrated a 40 percent expansion to support increased production by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The $17 million investment allows ACM to continue expanding production of composite flight surfaces for all Boeing airplane programs, including the 787 Dreamliner.

        In 2017, ACM commenced with new 777X work, including composite fixed trailing edge panels and empennage panels. In May of 2017, ACM was recognized as having an outstanding safety culture, achieving four years of no lost time due to injuries.

        Spirit AeroSystems Malaysia

        Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. Spirit AeroSystems Malaysia produces 787 fixed leading edge structural assemblies and added 737 cargo and galley door work in 2017. Spirit commenced with a factory expansion in October 2017 in order to accommodate more future work.