Facing the negative attention surrounding the safety concerns of the 737 MAX program, China’s three largest airlines are seeking compensation from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing for losses after the flight disruptions caused by the groundings of the 737 MAX jets.
Within the last few days, two reports have stated Air China, China Southern, and China Eastern are looking to seek compensation for losses sustained from the grounding of the 737 MAX jets. On Wednesday, China’s Xinhua News first reported that Shanghai-based China Eastern would seek compensation from Boeing. This was followed by another report by Reuters and various outlets that Beijing-based Air China and Guangzhou-based China Southern would follow along amid the current US-China trade war.
The Chinese government was one of the first countries to ground its country’s airlines 737 MAX jets following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines ET302 in March. Home to 17% of 350 delivered 737 MAX jets, several airlines including Air China, Hainan Airlines, China Southern, and China Eastern have more than 10 MAX jets in their fleets.
Along with China, other countries with airlines that have 737 MAX jets in their fleets have also suspended operations of the aircraft leading some airlines to scrutinize upcoming orders for the jets.
Boeing has stated recently it has completed a software update, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will also hold a meeting on Thursday with airlines who have grounded the 737 MAX.