Lion Air Group decided to delay the arrival of orders for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. This was following the incident of the fall of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The party postponed until the type of aircraft was truly declared safe.
“We are waiting for the aircraft’s suspend delivery until the investigation is complete. Until we get a guarantee that the 737-MAX 8 is declared safe,” said Lion Air Group Managing Director Capt Daniel Putut Kuncoro Adi at a press conference at the Ministry of Transportation Office, Jakarta, Wednesday (13/3 / 2019).
Investigation, he continued, was carried out by the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC). If according to plan, the aircraft ordered by Lion Air will arrive in 4 units this year.
“So there really should be some aircraft that are being delivered this year. But we will postpone it until the NTSC investigation is complete,” he said.
This delay has been made since the accident of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Lion Air in October 2018.
“I can say that since October 29 it has indeed been a concern and we are asking Boeing, we wait until the investigation is complete,” he added.
Lion Air itself ordered 222 aircraft for Boeing 737 MAX, 201 of which were MAX 8. The order value reached US $ 22 billion. All aircraft will be imported until 2035. (zlf/zlf)