Lion Air thinks about scrapping Boeing orders

The Indionesian airline Lion Air is thinking about canceling all remaining Boeing orders after the crash of a 737 MAX 8 last November.  The relationship between the manufacturer and the airline cooled down after both blaming eachother for the accident. 

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JAKARTA – The Indionesian airline Lion Air is thinking about cancelling all remaining Boeing orders after the crash of a 737 MAX 8 last November. The relationship between the manufacturer and the airline cooled down after both blaming each other for the accident. 

Lion air and Boeing are pointing to each other about causing the crash of JT610. “Boeing failed to inform Lion Air and other airlines about a software update on the AoA-sensor (Angle of Attack sensor) that caused the crash”, according to Rusdi Kirana, former CEO of Lion Air.

Boeing however calls the statement from Lion Air ‘simply untrue’ and focusses on the maintenance done in the days before the crash. According to a statement from Boeing one of the aircraft’s AoA-sensors was replaced, without having sufficient information about the sensor. Boeing also puts question marks on the reaction of the pilots in the moments of the crash.

This together makes the airline consider to cancel all orders. The airline has a fleet of 117 aircraft, of which 113 are Boeing 737’s. Furthermore the airline has 249 Boeings on order, worth over 22 billion dollars. If Lion Air really cancels those orders it would mean a small setback on the orders for the 737 Max series, as in total almost 4700 orders have been placed for the model.

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