Hong Kong - Uncertainty around MAX jets continue to plague Boeing. The Chinese leasing company CALC has suspended an order for 100 Boeing 737 MAX until the American aircraft manufacturer provides more assurance about safety.
In July 2017, the Hong Kong-based lessor placed an order for 50 aircraft. The company then increased this number to 100 aircraft, including 25 options, the same year in December.
The first MAX jet was being expected in the third quarter of the year by the Chinese company and remaining planes were set for delivery by 2023.
“The purchasing procedure has been temporarily put on hold and we have stopped the payments because the matter is being worked out with the aircraft manufacturer, said Chen Shuang, chairman of CALC and chief executive of China Everbright, the parent company of the Chinese leasing company.
Last month, Garuda Indonesia and its subsidiary Sriwijaya Air canceled all its orders for the 737 MAX jets in the aftermath of two disasters. Several other airlines, including Ethiopian Airlines, already announced they would consider canceling their existing 737 MAX orders with Boeing.
Last week, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would establish a Joint Authorities Technical Review team to examine the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX jets after updates that will be submitted by the manufacturer in the coming days. China’s civil aviation regulator has also been invited to take part in the task force.