Turkey’s national carrier planning to sue Boeing over 737 MAX aircraft: report

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Turkish Airlines (THY) is preparing to sue Boeing Co due to uncertainty stemming from the aircraft manufacturer’s failure to provide an adequate explanation regarding the situation of its 737 MAX jetliner, Reuters reported, citing the Demirören news agency.

The 737 MAX has been grounded since March after two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people within five months, costing the aircraft manufacturer more than $9 billion so far.

THY declined to comment on the news report. The airline has 24 Boeing 737 MAX planes in its fleet. In May its chairman said the company expected compensation for losses incurred over the grounding of the planes.

Demirören said the airline was preparing to sue over the uncertainty resulting from Boeing’s failure to provide an adequate explanation of the situation. It did not specify a source for the report.

Boeing said on Monday it would suspend production of the 737 MAX in January, its biggest assembly-line halt in more than 20 years. Its decision came after the Federal Aviation Administration refused to approve the jet’s return to service before 2020.

Boeing’s fastest-selling jet has already been grounded worldwide with its safety record scrutinized, while customers have pressed for compensation.

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