Garuda Indonesia is in search of to scrap its multi-billion greenback order for 49 Boeing 737 Max eight jets after the aircraft was concerned in two deadly crashes.
The transfer is regarded as the primary formal cancellation of an order for the plane.
A Garuda spokesperson stated passengers had “misplaced belief” within the aircraft.
It comes as investigators work to ascertain the reason for a current crash involving a 737 Max eight, which killed 157 folks.
It was the second deadly catastrophe involving the jet in 5 months. A Lion Air flight crashed in October, killing 189 folks.
“We’ve despatched a letter to Boeing requesting that the order be cancelled,” Garuda spokesman Ikhsan Rosan advised AFP.
“The reason being that Garuda passengers in Indonesia have misplaced belief and not have the boldness” within the aircraft he stated, including that the airline was awaiting a response from Boeing.
Garuda didn’t instantly reply to a BBC request for remark. A spokesperson for Boeing was “unable to touch upon buyer discussions”.
Garuda had already obtained one of many 737 Max eight planes, AFP reported, a part of a 50-plane order price $four.9bn (£three.7bn) at record costs when it was introduced in 2014.
Garuda was amongst Boeing’s clients that had indicated they might scrap their orders. for the 737 Max jets however the Indonesian airline seems the primary to take motion.
Whereas there is no such thing as a conclusive proof to date that the Ethiopian Airways and Lion Air disasters are linked, French consultants analysing the Ethiopian Airways’ flight knowledge black field say early investigations level to “clear similarities”.
Specialists consider a brand new automated system in Boeing’s plane – meant to cease stalling by dipping the nostril – might have performed a task in each crashes, with pilots unable to override it.
The corporate stated a software program replace is coming following the crash of the Lion Air flight.
Investigators intend to to subject a preliminary report into the Ethiopian Airways catastrophe by mid-April.