AZAL was to purchase 10 737 MAX aircraft – the same model which was involved in the recent crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
According to a spokesman for Azerbaijan’s AZAL, an airline operator, the company has canceled a $1 billion contract with Boeing in which it would have purchased 10 737 MAX jets.
The development comes in the wake of the fatal crashes involving the aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
“AZAL refused to buy 10 aircraft from Boeing due to safety reasons,” said Pasha Kesaminsy, AZAL’s spokesman.
Boeing’s 737 MAX, its top-selling aircraft, has been grounded worldwide since the March 10 crash which killed 157 people and came just five months after a Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 in a plane of the same model.
Many countries have barred Boeing’s 737 Max jets from taking off or landing at their local airports.