JAKARTA, Indonesia — In a blow for Boeing, Indonesia’s flag provider is in search of the cancellation of a multibillion greenback order for 49 of the producer’s 737 MAX eight jets, citing a lack of confidence after two crashes previously six months.
It’s the first announcement of a cancellation since Boeing’s new mannequin plane had been grounded following deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
PT Garuda Indonesia, which had ordered 50 Max eight jets in 2014 and had acquired only one airplane final 12 months, has despatched a letter to Boeing final week requesting to cancel the order price $four.9 billion, the corporate’s spokesman Ikhsan Rosan mentioned Friday. The provider has up to now paid Boeing about $26 million for the order.
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Garuda joined different airways worldwide in grounding its one Max eight jet after the crash of an Ethiopian Airways flight this month which killed all 157 individuals aboard. It got here lower than 5 months after 189 individuals died within the Oct. 29 crash of one other Max eight, operated by Indonesian personal provider Lion Air.
“Passengers at all times ask what sort of airplane they’ll fly as they’ve misplaced belief and confidence within the Max eight jet,” Rosan informed The Related Press, “This is able to hurt our enterprise.”
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He mentioned that Garuda plans to fulfill with Boeing representatives subsequent week in Jakarta to debate particulars of cancelling the order.
“We don’t need to use Max jets … however perhaps will contemplate switching it with one other Boeing mannequin of airplane,” Rosan mentioned. He mentioned Indonesian passengers are afraid to take flights utilizing any Max mannequin, whether or not it’s the eight, 9 or 10 sequence.
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A preliminary report from Indonesia’s Nationwide Transportation Security Committee in December stopped in need of declaring a possible reason for the Oct. 29 crash.
Officers have offered scant particulars since then, saying they’re nonetheless analyzing knowledge from a cockpit voice recorder that was solely recovered from the ocean in January.
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In the meantime, in Europe, Polish nationwide provider PLL LOT mentioned it was contemplating asking for monetary compensation from Boeing or perhaps a delay to deliveries of bought 737 Max eight plane after the planes had been grounded globally following the crash in Ethiopia.
In a press release to The Related Press on Friday, LOT mentioned it could look forward to communications from Boeing and flight regulators on whether or not to place the Max eight planes again into service. LOT has 5 737 Max eight planes and is to obtain 9 extra this 12 months. Its whole fleet counts over 80 plane.
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One other Polish provider, constitution airline EnterAir, mentioned Friday it could additionally search damages. It has two Max eight planes and has positioned orders for one more 4.
Earlier this month, Norwegian Air Shuttles mentioned it could search compensation from Boeing. It had grounded its 18 Boeing 737 Max eight plane.