Sriwijaya Air cancels the lease of two Boeing 737 MAX 8

Jakarta - Indonesian low-cost carrier Sriwijaya Air announced that it has canceled its plans to lease two Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets.

A company spokesperson said that the decision was taken in light of the recent progress after Ethiopian Flight 302 crash in Addis Ababa that killed 157 people on March 10.

The accident happened just five months after another Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed in Indonesia, killing 189 people.

The airline did not unveil who was the lessor of the two Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets.

Garuda Indonesia, which acquired Sriwijaya Air in November, was the first airline to announce its plans to drop an order of 49 Boeing 737 MAX 8 after the Ethiopian crash.

"Garuda Indonesia cancels its Boeing 737 MAX 8 orders"

The airline CEO Ari Askhara said the decision was taken as a result of safety concerns surrounding the aircraft after two fatal crashes.

Last week, the airline had a meeting with the American manufacturer to discuss its safety concerns over the 737 MAX series jets. Garuda and Boeing will meet again in the coming weeks to reach a win-win solution.

Fuad Rizal, chief financial officer of the Garuda Indonesia, said that its company could also consider converting its existing $6 billion order for the remaining 49 MAX 8 jets to other Boeing models.

Garuda Indonesia took possession of the first Boeing 737 MAX 8 from the same order package on December 22, 2018.

"The first 737 MAX 8 for Garuda Indonesia"