Flyadeal, the low-cost Saudi Arabian airline has cancelled its order for 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

The decision follows the crashes of two 737 Max jets, the first in Indonesia in October, followed by one in Ethiopia in March, which killed 346 people.

Since then, the aircraft has been grounded and Boeing has been working on a fix that will satisfy regulators.

The deal, as reported by BBC, includes an additional options to purchase 20 more 737 Max aircraft, and was worth $5.9bn at list prices. The airline would have been offered a discount on that price tag, however.

Flyadeal have instead made the decision to operate a fleet of Airbus A320 planes.

The loss of Ethiopian Airlines’ flight ET302 in March was the second fatal accident involving a 737 Max in the space of five months.

A near identical aircraft, owned by Indonesian carrier Lion Air, also went down in the sea off Jakarta in October 2018.

Crash investigators have concentrated their efforts on the aircraft’s control system and Boeing has been working with regulators to roll out a software upgrade.

There is currently no date set for when the aircraft might be cleared to fly again.

Boeing also announced last week that it would donate $100m to help families affected by the two crashes, which is independent from the lawsuits filed over the crash, which in total killed 346 people.

While not a firm order, IAG said it intended to buy 200 Boeing 737 Max aircraft – a big boost for the company.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said at the time: “We have every confidence in Boeing and expect that the aircraft will make a successful return to service in the coming months having received approval from the regulators”.

The planes would be used by IAG’s airlines including British airways, Vueling and Level.

Image credit: BBC News



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