Indonesian airline scraps order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes

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Indonesia's national carrier has cancelled an order for 49 of the Boeing jets which have crashed twice in five months.

Garuda said its passengers have 'lost trust and no longer have confidence' in the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet after a combined 346 passengers died in air disasters in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

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The end of the $4.9bn (£3.7bn) order, believed to be the first such cancellation for the jet, deals a fresh blow to the Boeing plane after governments across the globe blocked it from their airspace.

Garuda, which ordered 50 aircraft is also talking to Boeing about whether or not to return the one plane it has already received.

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In a bid to stem the crisis, Boeing will change its rules to make an optional cockpit warning light compulsory as investigators focus on the plane's 'angle of attack' sensor.

Garuda had so far paid Boeing about $26 million, while the company's head told Indonesian media that it would consider switching to a new version of the single-aisle jet.

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'In principle, it's not that we want to replace Boeing, but maybe we will replace [them] with another model,' a director said.

Boeing officials will visit Indonesia next week to discuss Garuda's plans to call off the order.

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'We have sent a letter to Boeing requesting that the order be cancelled,' Garuda spokesman Ikhsan Rosan announced.

'The reason is that Garuda passengers in Indonesia have lost trust and no longer have the confidence' in the plane, he said.

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Aviation expert Shukor Yusof said Garuda's announcement were the first formal plans by a carrier to cancel an order for the 737 MAX 8.

'It will probably not be the last. There is a risk that Garuda's rival Lion Air, which also has many 737 MAX 8 orders, might make the same decision,' he said.

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