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Azerbaijani Airline Considers Postponing $1 Billion Contract With Boeing

A Boeing 737 MAX 8
A Boeing 737 MAX 8

Azerbaijan's flag carrier, AZAL, says it plans to postpone a $1 billion contract with Boeing to purchase 10 737 MAX jets following the fatal crashes involving the aircraft in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

A spokesman for AZAL told the media earlier on June 3 that the company had decided to cancel the contract due to "safety reasons."

Countries around the globe have grounded Boeing's top-selling 737 MAX jets or banned them from flying over their airspace since an Ethiopian Airlines jet of that make crashed after takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 3, killing all 157 people on board.

It was the second fatal accident involving the same model of plane since October, when a Lion Air flight fell into the ocean off the coast of Indonesia, killing 189 people.

The 737 MAX 8 aircraft has only been in commercial use since 2017.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax

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