One of China’s three leading state-owned airlines has united carriers that are asking Boeing Co. for compensation after suspending use of its 737 Max jetliner following two fatal crashes.
Executives of China Eastern Airlines Ltd. said at a news conference Tuesday the company has”lodged claims” together with Boeing over the disturbance, according to Chinese news reports.
The accounts from the China Youth Daily state television and outlets gave no financial details. But they said the impact of China Eastern was restricted because the suspension came through a travel interval.
A public relations supervisor for China Eastern who’d give only his surname, Ye, declined to offer particulars.
China was among the first governments to order carriers to suspend the 737 Max after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that murdered a total of 346 individuals.
China is, together with Europe and North America, among the largest markets for jetliners. That makes regulators and carriers respond to the difficulties critical for the provider of Boeing.
Investigators proposed there was a system at fault for the two 737 Max crashes. Boeing says it’s currently working on software to get planes back from the air.
On Thursday, China’s biggest aircraft leasing company said it will decide when it sees Boeing resolves potential issues, how to proceed with 737 Max purchases.
State-owned China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Ltd. has ordered 100 737 Max airplanes but suffered no immediate disruption as it has none in its own fleet, said a company spokeswoman, Song Xuan. The company buys Boeing, Airbus and foreign aircraft and leases these.
“We expect there might be a small bit of delay in shipping, but this is not for certain,” said .
Boeing quotes Chinese carriers will buy 7,700 jetliners over the following two decades.
The Chinese authorities alternates orders involving Boeing and Airbus in order to maintain competition and hold down prices.
There is also A state-owned manufacturer developing a Chinese competition into the 737 and Airbus’s A320.