Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for an order potentially totaling sixteen aircraft.

In a statement issued during the state visit of Malaysian Prime Minister Muhammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak to the United States, the carrier said the agreement includes eight additional B737 MAX 8 purchase rights and eight B787-9s. The latter are converted existing B737 MAX order rights. Malaysia Airlines has an additional twenty-five B737 MAX on order, including ten B737 MAX 10.

"New widebody aircraft are a key to making Malaysia Airlines a premium airline offering a five-star product again. The extraordinary range of the B787-9 gives an ability to operate to any point in Europe and some USA destinations in the future from Kuala Lumpur Int'l," airline CEO Peter Bellew said.

According to the ch-aviation fleets database, Malaysia Airlines operates fifteen A330-300s, six A380-800s, and fifty-four B737-800s.