Saudi Arabian budget airline flyadeal won’t proceed with a provisional $5.9 billion order for Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, as an alternative choosing a fleet of Airbus A320 jets.
Flyadeal has been reconsidering a commitment to order the Boeing jets after two MAX aircraft crashed in Ethiopia in March and Indonesia last October.
The two disasters killed a total of 346 individuals, triggered the global grounding of the aircraft and wiped billions off Boeing’s market worth.
Flyadeal introduced on Sunday it could take delivery of 30 A320neos ordered by its parent, state-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines, on the Paris Air Show in June.
“This order will end in flyadeal working an all-Airbus A320 fleet sooner or later,” it mentioned.
Flyadeal, which has operated leased A320 jets since launching in September 2017, will take delivery of the brand new Airbus aircraft from 2021.
“We perceive that flyadeal is not going to finalize its commitment to the 737 MAX right now given the airline’s schedule requirements,” a Boeing spokesperson mentioned.
Flyadeal signed a dedication to order 30 737 MAX jets in December, selecting the aircraft over the A320neo.
The provisional order, which included extra buying choices for 20 MAX jets, was worth $5.9 billion at list prices, based on Boeing.
The 737 MAX stays grounded worldwide, and regulators should approve the repair, and new pilot training earlier than the jets can fly once more.
Oman Air warned in June it will maintain talks with Airbus if Boeing didn’t present help and restoration for the MAX. In the meantime, Emirati carrier flydubai started in April it may order A320neos as replacements for the MAX jets.