Lion Air, Boeing deal still in place, says top airline official
The Jakarta Post
Lion Air president director Edward Sirait has denied that the airline will cancel its purchase agreement for 190 Boeing 737 MAX planes, following a crash on Oct. 29 of a Lion Air flight that used the model’s MAX 8 aircraft.
All 189 people on board were killed.
“[The delivery schedule] is still in place,” Edward said on Tuesday at the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Ministry in Jakarta as quoted by tribunnews.com.
He was responding to questions about a statement made by Lion Air Group owner Rusdi Kirana, who said the airline would revalue a deal with Boeing worth US$22 billion.
Edward declined to further comment on Rusdi’s statement.
“I have met with Pak Rusdi, [but] I must first seek his confirmation about the issue,” he added.
He said it was impossible to evaluate the purchase agreement, but added that the company would still wait for a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the accident.
“We need to study all the information and data [related to] the incident,” he added.
According to a Reuters report, Rusdi hinted of a possible evaluation of the deal after expressing his disappointment of Boeing, which reportedly blamed Lion Air for the crash.
The JT610 flight was carrying 189 people when it went down 13 minutes after takeoff, comprising eight flight crew and 181 passengers, including three minors. (bbn)
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