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Indonesia's Garuda canceled 49 Boeing 737 Max aircraft



  A Boeing 737 MAX sits outside the hangar during a media tour at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington.

Matt Mills McKnight | Reuters

A Boeing 737 MAX sits outside the hangar during a media tour of the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington.

Airline Garuda Indonesia said Friday it would cancel its current order for 49 Boeing 737 Max jets. 19659005] div> div.group> p: first child "/>

Newswire's Reuters and AFP both reported on the company's plans.

Reuters, citing Garuda's CFO, said the company might convert its 737 Max order into another Boeing aircraft type. Indonesia's national airline did not explain why it no longer wanted the planes.

In response to CNBC's request for comment, Garuda spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said the airline sent a letter to Boeing on March 14 to cancel ordering the 737 Max Jets. Garuda has not heard of Boeing, but the aircraft manufacturer will visit Jakarta on March 28 for "further talks," Rosan said.

According to Reuters, Garuda currently has only one Boeing 737 Max 8 in the fleet.

The Indonesian airline is the first publicly confirmed plan to cancel the Boeing jet order after two deadly crashes with the 737 Max 8. The aircraft were grounded by authorities in several countries, including the US, Europe, China and Indonesia.


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