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MAS’ New B737-800: A Brand New Boeing Experience

On the 15th of November, 2010, MAS (Malaysia Airlines) made history as Malaysia Airlines launched Kota Kinabalu in Sabah as its Eastern hub with 2 milestone events – the inaugural flight of its new B737-800 from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and the first flight from Kota Kinabalu to Haneda, Tokyo.

I’m the lucky few to first to fly B737-800
The best is I am part of the history. Thank you Malaysia Airlines for inviting me to be part of this eventful day. I was part of the first 160 guests that flew from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu with new Boeing B737-800.

MAS Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin was seen greeting all the passengers one by one. Video is shot with Nokia N8 with 720p HD format.

Then, he sat in the economy class with everyone else. Coincidentally, he sat a row in front of me and he personally pointed a few new cool features to me. I was astonished by his humble character.


The B737-800 has 16 business class seats and 144 seats. The most notable feature within the plane is the new Boeing Sky Interior and blue skylike lighting. After a demo on the all the colors of lighting, I still prefer the blue skylike lighting. Personally, I felt very comfortable with the blue.

A smiling MAS Flight Attendance…
Did I mention about the high ceiling and also the bigger storage bins of hand carry items? They work perfectly fine to me.


I loved the 9” LCD Wide Touch Screen video monitor and also the in seat power supply – 115 VAC Power and the USB Port. USB port in a plane is a brilliant idea.

On top of bigger window, the best deal is the handset console is designed below the LCD monitor instead of the located at the conventional hand-rest.

Meal of the day, Beef Lasagne on board


My interview on NTV7 Malaysia News, I was sleeping and the next thing I knew, I got swarmed by TV crews for interview. I was so blur!
Upon the aircraft’s arrival in Kota Kinabalu, the Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman will launch the city as Malaysia Airlines’ Eastern Hub.

Can you spot the difference? The new dynamic livery with red and blue lines, Malaysia Airlines’ corporate colours.

Malaysia Airlines is leveraging on the strategic location of Kota Kinabalu as an ideal gateway to promote travels to and from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.


The first commercial flight on the B737-800 will be from Kota Kinabalu to Haneda, Tokyo, departing at 4.35pm.

Thank you again MAS for inviting me for such historic event. Thank you for reading.

5 thoughts on “MAS’ New B737-800: A Brand New Boeing Experience

  1. Awesome Article 😀

    Btw, was the Nokia N8 already out in KL then??
    Sounds like you got it early….

    But anyways, I love this and MAS 😀

    Plus am jealous too 😛

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