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Lion Air Suspends Delivery of Boeing Max Jets After Africa Crash

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 2019-03-12 Fathiya Dahrul and Harry Suhartono

a group of people standing on top of a dirt field: Workers Attend The Crash Site Of Ethiopian Airlines ET302 Flight To Nairobi © Getty Images via Bloomberg Workers Attend The Crash Site Of Ethiopian Airlines ET302 Flight To Nairobi (Bloomberg) -- Indonesia’s Lion Air, one of the biggest customers of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max plane, is suspending delivery of four of the jets it had on order for this year after the second fatal accident involving the model in five months.

Lion Air is also in talks with the plane maker about the shipping schedule, director Daniel Putut said at an event in Jakarta Tuesday. The decision comes after Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 became the second 737 Max involved in a fatal crash, with one of Lion Air’s own 737 Max planes crashing in October, killing all 189 people on board.

The Indonesian carrier has had a fraught relationship with Boeing, with its co-founder Rusdi Kirana saying in December he planned to scrap $22 billion of Boeing jet orders out of anger over the company’s response to the October disaster.

To contact the reporters on this story: Fathiya Dahrul in Jakarta at fdahrul@bloomberg.net;Harry Suhartono in Jakarta at hsuhartono@bloomberg.net

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