B-737 MAX 8: Garuda in negotiations with Boeing to cancel the order
It would be practically impossible for several reasons
Garuda Indonesia -according to the US press- wrote to Boeing to explaine the willingness to cancel the order made for 49 B-737 MAX 8 worth $ 4.9 billion. Of these, only one was delivered by the aerospace company, but the double incident of the same model (one by Lion Air and the other by Ethiopian Airlines) raised many doubts about the actual safety of the aircraft and the passengers could not wanting to get on the B-737 MAX 8, due to the fear generated by the two disasters. The problem is that these agreements could hardly be cancelled, so much so that Garuda and Boeing would be negotiating to find a solution and to find alternatives since the Indonesian company could neither contact Airbus nor Comac. For Europe the problem is related to the fact that for the next few years the order portfolio of A-320neo is full and it would be impossible to manage new ones without accumulating delays; for the Chinese, on the other hand, it would not be possible to place the CR-919 since this was not commercialized, still lacking the necessary flight certifications by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).
In addition to this, Garuda would risk losing the deposit paid to Boeing, equal to one fifth of the contract value, especially if he decided to terminate it without proving that the B-737 MAX 8 suffers from a structural problem or other defects that would make it impossible use. More likely, in the case, the Indonesian airline will be convinced of the actual safety of the aircraft after the updates that will be presented soon, or will change the order by going to buy other aircraft from Boeing.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency