A Boeing 737-8U3 passenger plane belonging to the Garuda Indonesia lands at Hong Kong International Airport in 2018

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Garuda Indonesia is looking for to scrap its multi-billion dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max eight jets right after the plane was involved in two fatal crashes.

The move is believed to be the initially formal cancellation of an order for the aircraft.

A Garuda spokesperson mentioned passengers had “lost trust” in the plane.

It comes as investigators function to establish the result in of a current crash involving a 737 Max eight, which killed 157 persons.

It was the second fatal disaster involving the jet in 5 months. A Lion Air flight crashed in October, killing 189 persons.

“We have sent a letter to Boeing requesting that the order be cancelled,” Garuda spokesman Ikhsan Rosan told AFP.

“The cause is that Garuda passengers in Indonesia have lost trust and no longer have the self-assurance” in the plane he mentioned, adding that the airline was awaiting a response from Boeing.

Garuda did not promptly respond to a BBC request for comment. A spokesperson for Boeing was “unable to comment on consumer discussions”.

Garuda had currently received a single of the 737 Max eight planes, AFP reported, component of a 50-plane order worth $four.9bn (£3.7bn) at list rates when it was announced in 2014.

Investigation ongoing

Garuda was amongst Boeing’s buyers that had indicated they could scrap their orders. for the 737 Max jets but the Indonesian airline seems the initially to take action.

Although there is no conclusive proof so far that the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air disasters are linked, French professionals analysing the Ethiopian Airlines’ flight information black box say early investigations point to “clear similarities”.

Authorities think a new automated program in Boeing’s aircraft – intended to quit stalling by dipping the nose – may perhaps have played a part in each crashes, with pilots unable to override it.

The enterprise mentioned a software program update is coming following the crash of the Lion Air flight.

Investigators intend to to concern a preliminary report into the Ethiopian Airlines disaster by mid-April.