JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Indonesia’s national carrier Garuda has told Boeing it will cancel a multibillion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after two fatal crashes involving the plane, in what is thought to be the first formal cancellation for the model.
“We have sent a letter to Boeing requesting that the order be canceled,” Garuda spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said.
“The reason is that Garuda passengers in Indonesia have lost trust and no longer have the confidence” in the plane, he said.
The spokesman told AFP that Boeing officials will visit Indonesia next week to discuss Garuda’s plans to call off the order.
Garuda had received one of the planes, he said, part of a 50-aircraft order worth $4.9 billion at list prices when it was announced in 2014.
Garuda is also talking to Boeing about whether to return the plane it has received, the spokesman told AFP.