March 22, 7:35 am
Boeing lost contract for 49 aircraft after the crash of 737 MAX
The contract for almost $ 5 billion decided to cancel Garuda Indonesia. This is the first time that the airline has terminated the contract with Boeing on 737 MAX 8 liners.
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The Indonesian national airline Garuda Indonesia has canceled a multi-billion dollar contract with Boeing to purchase 49 737 MAX 8 passenger aircraft after two crashes involving this airliner. This is with reference to the official representative of the Indonesian airline, France Presse.
"We have sent a letter to Boeing with a request to cancel the order. Garuda passengers have lost confidence and do not want to fly [Boeing 737] MAX, "said company spokesperson Ihsan Rosan.
According to the agency's interlocutor, the airline has already received one of the 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with a $ 4.9 billion contract. "Leaving or returning this airliner to the manufacturer is a problem that has not been resolved, he added. The Indonesian airline is not planning to abandon other Boeing aircraft.
This is the first confirmed case of complete termination of the contract with the American aircraft manufacturer after the crash, which occurred mid-March. When Boeing 737 MAX 8 from Ethiopian Airlines crashed in Africa and killed 157 people, last year a similar aircraft model crashed in Indonesia last October. The victims of the disaster were 189 people.