JAKARTA, Indonesia — In a blow for Boeing, Indonesia’s flag supplier is looking for the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 of the producer’s 737 Max Eight jets, citing a insecurity after two crashes before now six months.
It is the primary announcement of a cancellation since Boeing’s new model aircraft had been grounded following lethal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
PT Garuda Indonesia, which had ordered 50 Max Eight jets in 2014 and had obtained just one plane closing 12 months, has despatched a letter to Boeing closing week requesting to cancel the order worth $4.9 billion, the company’s spokesman Ikhsan Rosan talked about Friday. The supplier has up to now paid Boeing about $26 million for the order.
Garuda joined totally different airways worldwide in grounding its one Max Eight jet after the crash of an Ethiopian Airways flight this month which killed all 157 people aboard. It obtained right here decrease than 5 months after 189 people died inside the Oct. 29 crash of 1 different Max 8, operated by Indonesian private supplier Lion Air.
“Passengers always ask what kind of plane they could fly as they’ve misplaced perception and confidence inside the Max Eight jet,” Rosan knowledgeable The Associated Press, “This is ready to damage our enterprise.”
He talked about that Garuda plans to meet with Boeing representatives subsequent week in Jakarta to debate particulars of cancelling the order.
“We don’t want to make use of Max jets … nevertheless maybe will take into consideration switching it with one different Boeing model of plane,” Rosan talked about. He talked about Indonesian passengers are afraid to take flights using any Max model, whether or not or not it’s the 8, 9 or 10 sequence.
A preliminary report from Indonesia’s Nationwide Transportation Safety Committee in December stopped wanting declaring a doable cause for the Oct. 29 crash.
Officers have equipped scant particulars since then, saying they’re nonetheless analyzing data from a cockpit voice recorder that was solely recovered from the ocean in January.