Garuda Indonesia is set to become the first airline to officially cancel an order for the Boeing 737 Max 8 after two crashes involving the plane.
The flag-carrier has 49 of the aircraft on order from the American manufacturer, in a deal worth around US$5 billion.
Blaming passengers’ loss of trust in the aircraft, Garuda Indonesia spokesman, Ikhsan Rosan, said: “We have sent a letter to Boeing requesting that the order be cancelled.”
Around 400 of the planes have been delivered to airlines around the world – but the fleet is currently grounded while investigators examine the two crashes.
With nearly 5,000 more 737 Max planes on order, Boeing has promised a software update to alleviate concerns by the end of the month.
Rosan added: “The reason is that Garuda passengers in Indonesia have lost trust and no longer have the confidence in the plane.”
The airline is currently awaiting a response from Boeing, he said.
Garuda has already received one of the 737 MAX 8 planes, part of a 50-plane order worth $4.9 billion at list prices when it was announced in 2014.