MOSCOW – Aeroflot wants to cancel its order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, unless Boeing guarantees the safety of the aircraft, said Vitalij Saveljev from Aeroflot, the national Russian airline.
The new planes would be delivered to Aeroflot in November 2019. Aeroflot ordered the B737 MAX for Pobeda, a subsidiary of the Russian airline.
“If there is no 100% guarantee that the aircraft is safe, nobody will buy it,” Saveljev said. “The delivery of the ordered aircraft is in November. If Boeing does not solve its safety problem by that time, we will order another aircraft. “
With this statement, Aeroflot is joining a list of other airlines that are considering canceling their orders for the B737 MAX. These airlines include Lion Air and Vietjet, two of the largest customers of this type of aircraft worldwide.
In the meantime, the Russian government is proposing Pobeda to fly with Russian-made aircraft in the future.
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