LION AIR, BOEING DEAL STILL IN PLACE, SAYS TOP AIRLINE OFFICIAL
Lion Air president director Edward Sirait has denied that the airline will cancel its purchase agreement for 190 Boeing 737 MAX planes, following a crash on October of a Lion Air flight that used the model’s MAX 8 aircraft, The Jakarta Post reports. Lion Air’s co-founder says the giant low-cost carrier may cancel orders for more than 200 Boeing planes as relations between the two companies sour over an air crash that killed 189. “I’m seriously considering canceling it,” Rusdi Kirana, co-founder of Indonesia’s Lion Air Group, told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. Lion Air flight JT610, travelling from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka, lost contact with air traffic control about 13 minutes after it took off, shortly after its pilot had asked to return to base. Flight data showed that it made a sudden, sharp dive into the sea.