Apia - After the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, one more airline dropped its Boeing 737 MAX order. Samoa Airways canceled the delivery of a Boeing 737 MAX 9 which was scheduled to arrive soon.
Samoa Airways cancels the lease agreement with Air Lease Corporation for a Boeing 737 MAX 9. The airline has therefore decided to look for another Boeing 737-800 when the lease term of its current 737-800 ends at the end of the year.
The Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi announced the decision in his weekly radio interview.
The head of Samoan government said that it cannot wait for the crash report of the Ethiopian 737 Max 8, which killed 157 people. Safety is a priority for the national carrier of Samoa, Malelegaoi added.
Last week, the Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced that it sent a letter to Boeing to drop an order for 49 737 MAX 8 jets.
Samoa Airways currently operates one Boeing 737-800 and three de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter.