With the long delay in the re-certification process to return to the skies, the ongoing crisis and scrutiny surrounding the Boeing 737 MAX has prompted Malaysia Airlines to suspend the delivery of 25 of the jets.
In a report by Reuters, the airline stated in an email: “In view of the production stoppage and the delayed return to service of the 737-MAX, Malaysia Airlines has suspended the delivery of its orders."
“As there is no clarity yet from various authorities on its return to service, our technical due diligence is still ongoing,” Malaysia Airlines said.
As Boeing faces the scrutiny and has apologized to Malaysia Airlines as a result of the 737 MAX situation, the company issued a statement saying: "We are working to support them and all of our customers in every way possible to ensure complete confidence in the 737 MAX and a safe return to commercial flight."
While operating a mostly Airbus fleet for its long/medium haul operations, the airline currently has a large fleet of 48 Boeing 737-800. In 2016, Malaysia Airlines placed an order of around USD $5.5 Billion for 25 737 MAX 8s, which it would later change 10 of the jets to MAX 10s. Both the MAX 8 and MAX 10 were originally intended to replace some of the older 737s.