The Indonesian airline Lion Air suspends the order of four aircraft at Boeing of the contested type 737 MAX as a result of the crash with the aircraft in Ethiopia. That disaster occurred less than six months after the same Lion Air plane crashed.
Lion Air is one of the largest customers of the plane. It would receive four more 737 MAX devices this year. The company is now conducting discussions with Boeing about the delivery schedule.
The relationship between Boeing and Lion Air has been tense since the October disaster. Lion Air co-founder Rusdi Kirana said at the end of last year that he was planning to cancel $ 22 billion worth of orders at Boeing out of anger about the Americans’ reaction after the crash with the Lion Air aircraft. Boeing came after the crash with a modified guideline for pilots.
In the meantime, Lion Air would tighten its ties with Boeing rival Airbus. According to insiders, Lion Air is considering switching to European-made aircraft.