Saudi Airline Flyadeal Drops the Order for Boeing 737 Max Jets

The airline instead ordered 50 planes from Airbus' A320neo family.

By July 8th, 2019 AT 8:28 PM
Highlights:
  • An Indonesian airline Garuda too cancelled the order of Boeing max planes.
  • A poll states that 41% of Americans would not consider flying in Boeing 737 Max jets until it had been safely back in service for at least six months.
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In another heavy blow to Boeing, Saudi Arabian airline flyadeal has cancelled the purchase order of 50 Boeing 737 Max Jets, which is now under global scrutiny for its safety issues.

“We understand that flyadeal will not finalize its commitment to the 737 MAX at this time given the airline’s schedule requirements,” a Boeing spokesman said.

On the other hand, the airline flyadeal has announced that it has placed an order for 30 A320 Neo aircraft and further an option for 20 more A320 Neo family aircraft. The delivery is expected to begin in 2021.

Boeing-737Max

Our team continues to focus on safely returning the 737 Max to service and resuming the deliveries of Max airplanes, Boeing spokesperson told CNN.

Boeing 737 Max jets came under the scrutiny after two fatal crashes of the planes occurred. The crash of the flights operated by Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air caused the lives of 346 passengers onboard. Many countries grounded Boeing 737 Max jets after the events.

Also Read: IATA Calls for the Safe Return of Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

The aircraft showed signs of revival when the manufacturer announced that it had found right fixes for the technical issues that may have caused the crash. However, the recent cancellation of the order by flyadeal further makes its revival bleak. An Indonesian airline Garuda too cancelled the order of Boeing max planes saying that its flyers are not ready to fly in this model of aircraft.

Boeing recently announced that it would distribute $100 million to the communities and families affected by the disasters. Airlines across the world have started demanding compensation from Boeing as the sudden grounding of the airplanes caused substantial loss to the business.

According to Business Insider, the flyers have expressed concerns about the plane. Citing a poll held in June 2019, the report stated that 41% of Americans would not consider flying in Boeing 737 Max jets until it had been safely back in service for at least six months.

Also Read: AAI, Boeing Join Hands to Modernize India’s Air Traffic Management

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