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China Eastern Airlines asks for compensation from Boeing over 737 MAX grounding

Beijing, China - After Norwegian and Ryanair, another major airline asks for compensation from Boeing. China Eastern Airlines wants the U.S. aircraft manufacturer to pay for its financial losses due to worldwide 737 MAX grounding since March.

The Chinese carrier did not reveal the amount of the compensation requested, but the company said that it was closely monitoring safety updates for the aircraft.

“The grounding of 737 MAX aircraft since March 11, 2019, has caused relatively big losses to China Eastern. With the passing of time, related losses will further expand,” the state-owned company said.

“At the same time, delayed deliveries of planes ordered by China Eastern also caused economic losses.”

China Eastern Airlines have currently 14 grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets in its fleet. A worldwide flight ban for the aircraft was imposed by the civil aviation regulators around the world after the second deadly crash that the aircraft involved in, on March 10.

According to the reports published in the Chinese press, Major airlines of China, including Air China, China Southern, and China Eastern Airlines are preparing to team up to ask legal compensation from Boeing for the financial damage generated by the aircraft's global grounding.

A Joint Technical Review group which consists of global civil aviation regulators, including the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, will soon review the safety updates that the aircraft manufacturer has been working on for a while.