Saudi carrier cancels troubled Boeing 737 order for Airbus

This comes as Boeing faces dozens of lawsuits over the crashes that killed 346 people.

8 July 2019 | 16:01

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 8 July 2019 | 16:01

This Dec. 7, 2015, file photo shows the second Boeing 737 MAX airplane being built on the assembly line in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: A Saudi budget carrier is ordering 30 Airbus planes in a deal that replaces a $6 billion agreement it had with Boeing for its troubled 737 MAX jets, which are grounded around the world after two crashes, according to a statement. 

Flyadeal, operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp., says the order results in the airline operating an all-Airbus A320 fleet in the future.

It comes as Boeing faces dozens of lawsuits over the crashes that killed 346 people. Preliminary investigations point to the role played by new software on the jet.

Boeing said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that it wishes flyadeal “well as it builds out its operations” and that it continues to focus on safely returning the 737 to service.

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