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China's three biggest airlines have filed claims seeking compensation from Boeing over the grounding and delayed delivery of 737 MAX 8 aircraft following two deadly crashes, Chinese state media reported on Wednesday.
The reports in various state-run media that China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Air China would seek payouts from the American aerospace giant come against the backdrop of an escalating US-China trade war.
China - Southern - Asia - Carrier - Fleet
China Southern is Asia's largest carrier by fleet size, China Eastern is the country's number two, while Air China is the state flag carrier.
A spokesman for China Eastern confirmed to AFP that a dispatch by state-run Xinhua news agency saying the airline had presented Boeing with a compensation claim was correct.
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Neither the spokesman nor the report gave any financial or other details.
Spokespersons for China Southern and Air China could not immediately be reached for comment.
March - China - Country - Order - Airlines
On March 11, China became the first country to order its airlines to ground the 737 MAX as a result of the two tragedies.
The day before, an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board, including eight from China.
October - Crash - Lion - Air - MAX
That followed the October crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX, which went down shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
Xinhua had reported that "grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes had resulted in great losses for...
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